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Check your IHG Milestone Rewards if you did a mattress run

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One of the (many) improvements to IHG One Rewards in 2022 was the introduction of Milestone Rewards.

We outlined how IHG One Rewards Milestone Rewards work here.

These give you additional rewards based on the number of nights you stay in a calendar year. For example, I hit 20 nights and chose a suite upgrade award, which is good for up to five nights on a 2023 stay. This isn’t bad for a modest number of nights.

Check your IHG milestone rewards if you did a mattress run

The sweet spot is arguably at 40 nights, where you can choose an annual club lounge pass. This is valid for the current year and all of the following year. It offers great value if you stay at a lot of hotels with lounges and if you can trigger it fairly early.

It is important to note that Milestone Rewards are totally separate from status. If you do a promotion or status match to get Gold, Platinum or Diamond status you do NOT receive the Milestone Rewards which would have been triggered ‘the hard way’. This is a clever way of limiting what is given to people who get status as a credit card benefit.

Milestone Rewards are so attractive that you may have been tempted to do a mattress run at the end of 2022, when hotel rates were rock bottom, to hit a target. If so, you could be in trouble.

There are multiple reports of IHG counting all stays which posted in 2023 – irrespective of when the stay was – as happening in 2023 for the purposes of Milestone Rewards. Some people will be OK with this, but clearly if you were doing the stay purely for the 2022 Milestone Reward then you won’t be.

The IHG call centre can fix this if you are persuasive enough, it seems, but keep an eye on your account if you are in this situation.

You can learn more about Milestone Rewards on this page of – scroll down.

IHG One Rewards update – March 2023:

Get bonus points: Click here for our article on IHG’s ‘2k Every 2 Nights’ promotion, which runs from 9th February 2023 to 14th April 2023. You can register here.

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.

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Comments (28)

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  • Phillip says:

    I had a stay on the 30th, checking out 31st December and although posting date was January 1st it was correctly counted in 2022.

    • BJ says:

      +1, I had 3 stays 26-31/12 and all 3 posted correctly including 30-31 stay. Perhaps the problem is with stays overlapping the new year.

      • Tariq says:

        I stayed 31/12 to 02/01 and the two nights have posted in 2023. Works for me as I didn’t have many nights in 2022 with IHG.

  • BJ says:

    “chose a suite upgrade award, which is good for up to five nights on a 2023 stay.”

    If I understand the suite upgrade rules correctly then this is a little misleading as I believe they’re valid for 12 months from date of selection which can be up to 90 days after hitting the milestone. Thus, they could be valid through end of March 2024 if not triggered until 31/12/22 and selected 90 days later. Similarly, if a 20 night milestone award is triggered and claimed on 21 January 2023 then it will be valid only until 21 January 2024.

  • G says:

    I will have 38 nights by the end of this year, if I mattress runned and got to 40 nights – How long do I have to select the choice benefit for lounge access (i.e. if I got to 40 nights on 20 December, could I wait until 1 Jan 2024 to select lounge access – guaranteeing it for effectively two years?

    • BJ says:

      90 days to select any so yes, I think if you select early 24 then lounge access is through end of 25. If you’re certain you need no more njghts and are prepared to mattress run this early in the year then today only you will find a useful deal on one of the sites we don’t mention here.

  • Paul says:

    By the way, I signed up to the ambassador programme and I’m wondering if I stay a Friday and Saturday night then the Saturday counts as the free weekend night right?

    Will two days still post to my IHG rewards account? In other words will I still get the 20,000 bonus which was advertised?

    • Rob says:

      Sat would be free, yes.

      May or not count as 2 elite nights BUT the small print of the 20k confirms that it will trigger that IIRC.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      When I used my AMB last March it did come through as 2 qualifying nights.

      It even counted as part of their complicated 2/3/4 qualifying points bonus they ran early in the year.

      And then it counted as part of the milestone rewards scheme nights as well.

  • SammyJ says:

    I’m really confused as I got an email from them yesterday telling me congratulations, I can now select a milestone award (20 nts). I didn’t stay 20 by 31/12, and looking now it says I have 17 to go for the first milestone. Do they just make it up as they go along?!

    • SammyJ says:

      Furthermore it says I have until 14/4 to select this milestone, which counting back 90 days means that my stays this week have earned it. I’ve done 5nts this week, 2 of which were points bookings, and one was a free AMB weekend nt.

  • Zed says:

    I looked on SeatSpy for LHR-LAX and it came up with off-peak business in February at 62,500 Avios each way, total – 125k.

    When I go to, the total price is 180k plus £450 taxes.

    Anything I am doing wrong?

    • MattB says:

      no, you can chance the mix of avios/cash if you have a newer voucher

      • Zed says:

        I’m not using a voucher. But shouldn’t it be 125k avios just as listed on SeatSpy? All off-peak flights are 125k return, but don’t show on BA as less than 180k.

        • Rob says:

          As long as you’ve earned 1 Avios in the last 12 months, you should get the cascade of pricing options under ‘More Pricing Options’ including the ‘old’ price shown on SeatSpy, yes.

  • Aston100 says:

    February seems an odd time to visit LA.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Useful if you’re flying over to collect your Grammy, I suppose.

      • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

        I’m not sure many Grammy nominees will be flying using avios!

        It’ll be a cash fare bought via their management / record company and partly written off as a business expense.

    • RG says:

      I thought it only rained 5 days a year in LA 😂😂😂

  • yonasl says:

    Before you book anything in LA … Check hotel prices and expect to pay $18 for a glass of wine and $24 for breakfast at Denny’s

    • Qrfan says:

      The intersection of people who can afford £850 +100k avios and can’t afford breakfast at Denny’s would be an interesting group for an opinion survey.

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