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Are you 1 of the folks getting the most IHG hotel points possible per stay? We got ~25,000 IHG hotel points for 1 night in an IHG hotel!
I’ve written about IHG promotions and how you can earn at least 20,000 extra points (sometimes a lot more!) by signing-up and staying at IHG hotels, like Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts.
But did you know you can earn more bonus points on paid hotel stays by registering for many IHG promotions at the same time? You can even earn enough points from 1 stay to get free reward nights!
How to Stack Promo Codes
By entering many promotions at once, or “stacking”, you can earn thousands of extra points on a single night’s stay. Most IHG Rewards Club members won’t be notified about all of the promotions available, but I know some ways to help you find ones you could be eligible for!
Note that you can also register for offers which aren’t meant for you and get the points. But you shouldn’t call IHG if the bonus doesn’t post, because they could close your account for registering for offers not meant for you.
Step 1 – Register for IHG Rewards Club
Sign-up for IHG Rewards Club and write down your Rewards Club number and PIN.
Step 2 – Sign-up for as Many IHG Promotions as You Can!
Note: Some promotions are only valid for a certain amount of time after you register. So you should make sure to time it right and only sign-up if you know you have a stay coming up.
For example, if some promotions require you to stay within 30 days. So don’t sign-up now, but rather when you will be staying in a IHG Rewards hotel within the next 30 days.
You can find IHG promotion codes if you go to Google and search for “IHG promotion codes”. But before you do that, here are 2 of my favorite places to find them.
1. The Travel.bart.la Blog
Travel.bart.la lets you register for IHG promotions in 1 click.
When you click on 1 of the blue 4-digit promo codes, you’ll be taken directly to the offer sign-up page with the promotion code already filled in. Don’t bother clicking on the crossed-out codes – they don’t work anymore.
Fill in your email address or IHG Rewards membership number, then click “Register Now”.
If the promotion code is accepted, you’ll get a confirmation screen and a follow-up email.
Sometimes, you’ll enter a promotion code that isn’t valid for your country or for your elite status level. So just move on to the next one.
Keep entering codes until you run out of codes to enter. The more valid offers you register for, the more points you’re likely to get the next time you stay at an IHG hotel.
2. FlyerTalk IHG Promo Threads
Another way to find IHG promotion codes is to read through this FlyerTalk thread.
I like that FlyerTalk readers regularly update the lists with new codes, and that folks will confirm if the codes worked for them.
But on FlyerTalk, you can’t just click on the code and end up at the IHG promo registration page with the code already entered. You have to go to the IHG promo page, then manually enter each code yourself.
Now that you’ve loaded up your IHG Rewards account with promotion codes, you can earn extra points on paid hotel nights!
Step 3 – Stay at an IHG Hotel
The next time you pay for a stay at an IHG hotel, you might get a nice bonus at the end of your visit!
Emily and I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express early this year, and paid ~$113 for 1 night. We earned ~1,130 IHG base points for the stay (~$113 x 10 points per $1 spent).
I checked my IHG Rewards account a week later.
We earned ~25,000 IHG points for a single night! IHG points are worth ~0.5 cents per point, so 25,000 points x 0.5 cents per point = $125! This means that our $113 room was free!
IHG hotels start at 10,000 points per night for award bookings, and go up to 50,000 points per night. And don’t forget the PointsBreak list where you can get a room for only 5,000 points a night!
With 25,000 points, you’re halfway to a night in an overwater bungalow at the InterContinental Thalasso in Bora Bora! Or a free night in many Holiday Inns around the world!
But if you find a hotel that’s part of the IHG PointBreaks program, you could stay in a hotel for only 5,000 points per night. So 25,000 points could get you up to 5 free nights! The list of hotels that qualify for PointBreaks changes every 3 months, so it’s worth checking back to see if there’s a hotel that interests you.
When You Stay at an IHG Hotel Again, Don’t Expect as Many Points
The next time Emily and I stayed at an IHG Hotel, we didn’t get as many bonus points. That’s because many of the promotional codes are only good for 1 stay. So your 1st stay might earn a lot of points, but the next stay will likely earn fewer points.
This is particularly true if your next stay is just a few days or weeks after your 1st stay. But the more time between your stays, the more likely that there will be new promotion codes to use!
I guess our 2nd stay got us ~2,615 points. Or halfway to…a 5,000 point PointsBreaks room! 😉
It’s worth it to enter new promotions, because you never know how many points you can get on your next stay.
You can register for many promotions at once with your IHG Rewards Club account. This can earn you thousands of extra points when you pay to stay at IHG hotels such as Holiday Inn etc.
Your 1st stay after registering for promotions might earn you a lot of points, but any stays after that will probably earn a lot fewer points.
I like stacking IHG Rewards promo codes because it’s an easy way to get even more Big Travel with Small Money!