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IHG One Rewards has announced a new global promotion following a fallow few weeks.

You need to register here. A bit of thinking is involved because you need to choose between TWO different options.

IHG One Rewards is the loyalty scheme covering InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo among other brands.

IHG One Rewards Autumn promotion

How does IHG’s new bonus points promotion work?

The offer runs from 13th October to 31st December.

You must register in advance via this link. Registration is now open.

You can learn more about IHG One Rewards in our overview article here.

What will you earn?

It’s up to you, interestingly:

IHG One Rewards Autumn promotion

As you can see from the image above, you can choose from two options:

  • 2,000 bonus points for every two cash nights or
  • 10,000 bonus points for every four cash nights

Reward stays do not count.

Existing bookings DO count so there is no need to rebook anything.  Only one room per stay counts towards the offer, so if you are booking multiple rooms you should put each in a different name.

Which option is best?

For those who do a lot of hotel stays, this isn’t a tricky choice. You are substantially better off with ‘10,000 points for every four nights’ rather than ‘2,000 points for every two nights’.

Let’s say you ended up with seven nights, and on New Year’s Eve you were kicking yourself for not triggering the 8th night. You would still be better off than if you’d chosen ‘2,000 points for two nights’, as seven nights earns 6,000 points under the first option and 10,000 points under the 2nd.

The only people who should choose ‘2,000 points for every two nights’ are those who are fairly confident they will only complete two or three paid nights during the period from 13th October to 31st December.

Even then …. if you were confident of doing three nights, you might be tempted to register for ‘10,000 points every four nights’ on the basis that something is likely to come up. You are only gambling 2,000 points and could potentially gain an extra 6,000.

IHG One Rewards Autumn promotion

What is the bonus worth?

The standard earning rate in IHG One Rewards is 10 points per US$1 (93p) excluding taxes.  I value an IHG One Rewards point at 0.4p although you can often do better, which means your base return is 4p per 93p spent, ie 4.3%.

Of course, most HfP readers will have some sort of IHG One Rewards status.  This comes with a status bonus (applies to base points only):

  • 20% bonus for Silver Elite
  • 40% bonus for Gold Elite
  • 60% bonus for Platinum Elite
  • 100% bonus for Diamond Elite

Under this offer, and assuming you do an exact multiple of two or four nights:

  • you get an extra 1,000 points (£4) per night with the ‘2,000 points for every two nights’ offer
  • you get an extra 2,500 points (£10) per night with the ‘10,000 points for every four nights’ offer

This means that the offer is heavily geared towards people doing low value stays at, say, Holiday Inn Express-style hotels. There isn’t much here for anyone planning a week at InterContinental Maldives.

IHG One Rewards Autumn promotion

Conclusion

If you can do four nights, or a multiple of four, over the 10 weeks that this promotion is running, you will do OK. Bonus points worth £10 per night are not to be sniffed at, especially on low cost stays.

If you’re planning some heavy spending before New Year, you may be better off with Hilton’s current offer. This is worth double base points on all spending – so ideal for expensive hotels – plus an extra 2,000 points if you checkout on a weekday. Our article on that is here and you can register here.

Marriott’s offer is, if anything, worse than the IHG promotion – you get 2,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points for every two nights, and your first stay after registration doesn’t count at all. You can read more here and register here.

Radisson, Accor and Hyatt are not offering any global promotion at present.

Click here to register for IHG’s new bonus points promotion.  It kicks in for stays from 13th October but you can register today.


IHG One Rewards update – February 2024:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is not running a global promotion at the moment, but some members were sent targeted offers for their stays in February and March

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.

IHG One Rewards is offering an 80% bonus when you buy points by 7th March 2024. Click here to buy.

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.

Comments (44)

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  • Holy says:

    Any easy way to get status with IHG? Not through stays though. Thanks

  • Scott says:

    Good to see my 10k points for 5 nights/stays in Sept have posted. Shame that promo didn’t last longer – no way, even for work, I would be staying 30 nights in a 30 day period for the 30k points.

    Just had to reset my password as well, so maybe they’re tightening site security a little?

    My Ambassador status ends in Feb. Possibly could renew 3 months early in Dec and take advantage of any offers?

    Not going to hit the 120 nights target to renew Diamond this year especially with reduced travel and some airport hotels costing at least double the previous rates. Quite often half the price to stay in an AirBnB in Manchester etc. and get a cab or Uber in.

  • ianM says:

    Unfortunately once you’ve made a selection you don’t seem to be able to change it. I just clicked the first offer on the page and instantly regretted it

    • meta says:

      It does warn you on the very same page that once you select that it is not possible to change. And it’s not even in small print.

    • Marcw says:

      Why did you just click on the first offer without reading the small print??

      • John says:

        Because this is the first time I’ve ever seen a promo where you need to make a choice!

        Normally you just register for everything and it doesn’t really matter what the T&Cs are. Remember when IHG offers were random numbers that you just entered on the website? Strictly speaking most people were not eligible for most offers but they worked and they stacked.

        • mvcvz says:

          John. I have some magic beans for sale at a very reasonable price if you’re interested.

        • ianM says:

          Yeh absolutely, having to make a choice over bonus options is crackers. Who scrolls down to read the whole email anyway?

          • marcw says:

            With promos, always read the small print. ALWAYS. and yeah, the random offer thingy, was a different era.

  • AirMax says:

    For mattress runners, I believe Aberdeen HI Express is cheapest in UK at the moment, where the effective £10 rebate of this offer would be worthwhile

    • John says:

      ?? doesn’t look particularly cheap to me, what dates? If you don’t live in Aberdeen how exactly does it make sense to go there just to earn £10?

      Cheapest UK HIX I’ve stayed in in the past 7 years is HIX Stafford (M6 J13) £33.

      Yes I have also stayed at HIX Aberdeen Airport for £37, but the flights there and back were 8000 avios + £35… plus the bus fare to the city (for my meeting, I’m not holding a meeting in an HIX bar).

      I did get a £54 return on LNER Kings Cross to Aberdeen in 2021 but that was around 16 hours.

      • VerdantBacon says:

        You don’t go there to earn £10, you go there to mattress run, increasing your nights stayed at a chain to hit a higher level of (or maintain) status

        • Scott says:

          I haven’t done a mattress run since IHG stopped the promo where you did various tasks to earn points i.e. stay at 3 different HIX for 10k points; stay once at a CP for 2k points etc.

          Diamond wise, 120 nights at £37/night, assuming you did something like that, would set you back a good £4.5k before travel expenses etc. Fine if someone else is paying for it, but with my own cash, I would rather go for GGL, potentially for less than that, and get Hilton Diamond thrown in.

          • Scott says:

            Ignore that. It’s 70 nights or 120k points.

            Achievable if you paid £15/night for 3k points I suppose (assuming they still count towards status).

          • Barry cutters says:

            Accelerate

        • John says:

          Yes I know what a mattress run is.

          Even if you live in Glasgow it would probably be cheaper to do a mattress run at one of the cheap HIs than trek to Aberdeen. East Kilbride / Strathclyde is often very cheap… If you live in London like me, HIX T5 can be used

      • Andrew. says:

        That was quite a journey! What happened on the day? It’s usually just over 7 hours from Kings Cross to Aberdeen.

        HIX Crewe is available on the 27th December for £37 a night.

  • Rand says:

    With prices like 112,000 points for a night at IC Amsterdam, I don’t get too much excited by these promos and wasn’t thinking too long whether to go for option 1 or 2.

  • TB says:

    Can you use the confirmable suite upgrade voucher on a points/reward booking?

  • Scott says:

    A few such as the CP and Indigo in Manchester can be 18k a night. Others as low 12k.
    That said, on some days of the week, travel / sports / concerts etc., some hotels that should be £50/night, can be £200+.
    I’ve seen the Travelodge at Parrs Wood (stayed there a couple of times last year for around £30/night) clearing £129 with nothing particularly happening in the area. Premier Inns seem to be £80-£100 a lot of the time – not quite the £29-£35 rates they’re always going on about.

    My local HIX used to be £46 or so 80% of the time. Now barely drops below £70-£80 even on days you would expect to be low occupancy.

    Redemption wise, 30k points for the CP at JFK when it’s £200 or thereabouts isn’t too bad value. Cash in my pocket, and better than a chair for a few hours in the terminal.
    I base things on 1000 points = £5 (average buying rate when you’re offered them when booking a stay, but everyone has their own idea of value).
    Had similar in San Francisco, and for the Kimpton in NYC (that’s left now?).

    I assumed this promo meant you have to stay 2 nights in a row, or 4 nights in a row which is why I chose the easier 2 night option. At the end of the day, a few thousand points lost isn’t going to be too much of a damper on things.
    There’s nothing to say Hilton might have far better rates on the night than a nearby IHG hotel, so the loss of 2-3k points will be offset there by the cash saving, potential free breakfast etc. depending on brands involved.

    • NorthernLass says:

      Sunday nights are the sweet spot, even though Sundays are often as busy as Saturdays in city centres. Now OH and I are mostly retired I’m booking our “weekend” breaks Sunday to Monday and saving a fortune! Also easier to get restaurant bookings and less likely to be woken in the small hours by people who can still cope with late nights lol.

  • ilou says:

    I have been having trouble seeing my Virgin Atlantic transactions for the last couple de days ? I am waiting for a flight to post

    Anyone else having issues ?

    Many thanks

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