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IHG is running a “Double Points Plus More” promotion. Each member’s offer is different, but everyone has the chance to earn double IHG points up to at least a 15,000 IHG points.
This deal is valid for stays between September 16 and December 16, 2018.
IHG Double Points Plus More Promotion
Booking dates: Until December 16, 2018
Travel dates: September 16 to December 16, 2018
Important terms & restrictions:
- You must register for this promotion in advance of your first stay, no retroactive bonus points will be awarded for stays prior to registration
- You can earn at least 15,000 bonus IHG points per member for the double points portion of this offer
- Targeted offers will vary by member, you must register to see which offers are available to you
- Only one room per member per qualifying stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points
Promotion Link: IHG Double Points Plus More Promotion
Good Deal or Not:
The base double points promotion is only ok. But some of the targeted offers can make it a decent deal.
You earn 10 base points per $1 spent at most IHG hotels (5 IHG points per $1 spent at Staybridge Suites & Candlewood Suites), so this promotion can earn you an additional 10 bonus points for a total of 20 points per $1 spent.
The biggest caveat is that you must have two or more stays (non-consecutive nights) during the offer period to earn the double bonus points. You can earn at least 15,000 bonus IHG points this way.
In addition, IHG is targeting members with individually tailored offers after they register, which allows you to earn even more points. My offer was disappointing, I was targeted for 4,000 bonus points when I booked a single stay of 4 nights or longer for a total of 19,000 potential bonus points.
Other members have been offered better bonuses through offers that varied from “Stay at 3 different IHG brands”, “Book 2 stays with the IHG App”, or “Stay 2 weekends.”
Team member Jason was targeted with an offer to earn double points on every stay up to 30,000 bonus points, which is double the standard maximum bonus. But it would also require double the spending.
Remember that if you pay with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, you’ll get another 10 IHG points per $1. And the card comes with automatic Platinum Elite Status, which gives you a 50% bonus on the base points you earn. Together this could earn you 35 points per $1 (10 base points + 10 promotion bonus points + 10 card bonus points + 5 elite status points = 35 IHG points) spend PLUS any other bonus points earned by accomplishing your targeted offers.
I recommend taking a moment to register for the promotion just to see what targeted offers you are given. Some of these deals are easier to earn than others and can really be worth it. A friend of mine was offered 19,200 points for staying at 3 different IHG brands. This can be just one night at each hotel brand. And 19,200 bonus IHG points (on top of the double points and all other base points and bonus points) is an exceptional deal.
Between 30 and 45 IHG Points Per $1 at Avid Hotels
Booking dates: Between August 1 and December 30, 2018
Travel dates: August 13 to December 31, 2018
Important terms & restrictions:
- You can earn no more than 15,000 bonus points per member for this offer (not including base points)
- You’ll earn triple points for the total spend of all qualifying paid stays at the Avid hotel brand
Promotion Link: IHG Triple Points Promotion
Good Deal or Not:
Good! And even better than good if you have the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.
When you stay at an IHG hotel, you’ll earn 10 base points per $1. And with this promotion, you’ll earn an extra 20 points per $1, for a total of 30 points per $1!
I estimate that IHG points are generally worth ~0.7 cents each (though you can get much more or less from them). So earning 30 points per $1 means you’re getting ~21% back in points (30 points per $1 X 0.7 cents each = 21 cents).
Plus, if you pay with the Chase IHG Premier, you’ll get another 10 points per $1. And the card comes with automatic Platinum Elite Status, which gives you an extra 5 points per $1.
Add these all up, and you’ll get 45 IHG points per $1 at Avid hotels (10 base points + 20 bonus points for this promotion + 10 bonus points for using the Chase IHG Premier + 5 bonus points for having Platinum Elite Status = 45 points per $1). That’s like getting 31% back in points (45 points per $1 X 0.7 cents each = 31.5 cents). And you can even earn an additional 5 points per $1, if you happen to be an IHG Spire elite member!
There are painfully few Avid hotels. Oklahoma City has the only open hotel at the moment. But this promotion is worth switching your stays if you’re visiting the area. I’m planning a trip to Oklahoma City for Thanksgiving, and I’ll probably use this promotion.
And don’t forget to book your stays through an online shopping portal for even more points or cash back!