If you’re booking a restaurant – even a casual dining one – soon, remember that you can earn IHG One Rewards points when you book restaurants online.
I have used this myself a few times, and find it an easy 150 points.
The IHG service is a white label version of OpenTable and most of the restaurants which appears there should be bookable.
However, it appears that restaurants which require a credit card deposit, or the submission of a credit card number, in order to book are not available.
Via this page of the IHG website, you can make restaurant reservations globally.
The majority of restaurants offer 150 IHG Rewards Club points per booking, but you get 500 points if it is the first time you have used the service.
This clearly isn’t the deal of the century – I would value 150 IHG One Rewards points at around 60p! The ‘first user’ deal is more worthwhile with the 500 points being worth around £2.
If you have multiple people with IHG accounts in your household, you can change the lead name on the booking each time to get multiple ‘first user’ bonuses between you.
One upside is that the points count towards IHG One Rewards status unless something has changed since the new scheme launched this month. I can also say, from my own previous experience, that they post promptly.
PS. One interesting quirk is that many hotel restaurants, IHG and non-IHG, appear on OpenTable. If you have a hotel stay lined up and know you will be eating in the hotel, why not book your table via OpenTable in advance?
IHG One Rewards update – January 2023:
New to IHG One Rewards? Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.