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Get 1,000+ Avios on your IHG hotel stays this Summer

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If you are planning a stay at a Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Hotel Indigo etc this Summer, there is an interesting new offer available.

You can earn at least 1,000 Avios on every 2+ night IHG hotel booking.

But it isn’t that simple …..

Get 1,000+ Avios on your IHG hotel stays this Summer

How do I earn Avios with IHG?

Most IHG One Rewards members choose, unsurprisingly, to collect IHG One Rewards points on their stays.

However, if you don’t have an IHG One Rewards account, there isn’t much point in collecting a handful of points from a one-off stay. In this scenario, it makes sense to take Avios instead.

As you can see on this page of ba.com, you can earn 2 Avios per $1 spent at most IHG brands if you choose to collect airline miles instead of points. You can make the switch in your IHG Rewards profile.

With this offer, you will earn 1,000 bonus Avios on top of your ‘2 Avios per $1’ base Avios.

Earn 1,000 bonus Avios with this promotion

This new offer works like this:

  • you must stay by 31st August
  • you must stay for a minimum of two nights
  • your IHG account must be set to earning miles and not points

As you must book via this special page of ihg.com, check that the rate you are offered is as good as the cheapest rate you will find on the main IHG website. Those Avios might not be free …..

Existing bookings do not count because you need to book through the special link above.

Get 1,000+ Avios on your IHG hotel stays this Summer

One final thought ….

Even if you do collect IHG One Rewards points, you may still want to turn on this Avios offer for a cheap stay.

1,000 bonus Avios are worth around £10 in our view.

Let’s imagine that you pay £100 for a cheap two-night Holiday Inn Express stay. After knocking off VAT and converting to $, you would earn 210 Avios at 2 per $1. With the bonus, you would receive 1,210 Avios which we value at £12.10.

It is very unlikely that a cheap two-night Holiday Inn Express stay will get you £12.10-worth of IHG One Rewards points. You might want to swap your account from ‘earning points’ to ‘earning miles’ for such stays and claim the 1,000 bonus Avios.

Full details – and the booking link you are forced to use – are on this special page of ihg.com.

PS …. don’t forget American Express cashback

Don’t forget that there is a generous American Express cashback deal on offer for IHG stays if you stay in the next few days. This would double-up with this offer.

You will get £50 cashback on £200 of cumulative spend at selected European Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, voco and Staybridge Suites properties if you stay by 15th June.

PPS …. remember that IHG is giving out free Platinum status to everyone!

In a very generous offer, IHG One Rewards is giving out Platinum status to anyone who requests it. You’d be crazy to do an IHG stay without taking up this offer if you only have base, Silver or Gold status at the moment. Full details are here.

Comments (4)

  • aseftel says:

    How does setting earning to miles affect status qualification? Do you still accrue qualifying nights and points?

    • ChrisC says:

      I was wondering that as well about the qualifying nights.

      As to the points that’s a no because you’re telling IHG for these stays you want to earn avios not IHG points. You can’t double dip.

    • G says:

      I would assume it still counts as a qualifying night; you’re just opting to allocate your points elsewhere. In fairness, the rebranding to One Rewards makes nights matter moreso than qualifying points.

  • Andrew. says:

    Potential to split the bill across multiple cards too. Even if you just have one Amex for the £50/£200. Between LBG (Inc MBNA), Barclaycard, Virgin there are various 5% to 12% rebate offers across IHG.

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