IHG Rewards Club “Smart Win Free Night” Promo January 1 – March 31, 2015

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IHG Rewards Club has launched a new “Smart Win Free Night” promotion for a free night certificate after two stays January 1 – March 31, 2015.

IHG Rewards Club Smart Win Free Night China Promotion

The offer is valid for certain hotels in China and, after you complete two stays (one must be over the weekend) at participating Holiday Inn Express hotels, you get free night promotional award for one night stay at any Holiday Inn Express hotel in China.

You can access and register for this offer here.

Note that I have now updated this piece with correct English landing page for this offer.

The free night certificate is valid for 12 months after its issuance.

Here are the participating hotels:

Beijing
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Dongzhimen
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Airport Zone
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple Of Heaven
Holiday Inn Express Shangdi Beijing
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Yizhuang

Changbaishan
Holiday Inn Express Changbaishan

Changshu
Holiday Inn Express Changshu

Changzhou
Holiday Inn Express Changzhou Center

Chengdu
Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Gulou
Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou
Holiday Inn Express Chengdu West Gate

Chongqing
Holiday Inn Express Chongqing Jinxiucheng

Dalian
Holiday Inn Express Dalian City Center

Dujiangyan
Holiday Inn Express Dujiangyan Ancient City
Holiday Inn Express Dujiangyan Downtown

Ordos
Holiday Inn Express Ordos Dongsheng

Foshan
Holiday Inn Express Foshan Nanhai

Hangzhou
Holiday Inn Express Hangzhou Grand Canal
Holiday Inn Express Hangzhou Huanglong

Hefei
Holiday Inn Express Hefei South
Holiday Inn Express Hefei Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Hefei North

Haikou
Holiday Inn Express Haikou West Coast

Luoyang
Holiday Inn Express Luoyang City Center

Nantong
Holiday Inn Express Nantong Xinghu

Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Gongkang
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Jinqiao Central
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Jinsha
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Putuo
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Meilong
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Nanhuizui
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Sanlin
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Wujiaochang
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai New Hongqiao
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai New Jinqiao

Shenyang
Holiday Inn Express Shenyang Golden Corridor

Shenzhen
Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Luohu

Suzhou
Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Changjiang

Tianjing
Holiday Inn Express Tianjin Binhai
Holiday Inn Express Tianjin Dongli
Holiday Inn Express Tianjin Heping
Holiday Inn Express Tianjin City Centre
Holiday Inn Express Tianjin Airport

Weihai
Holiday Inn Express Weihai Hi-Tech Zone

Yancheng
Holiday Inn Express Yancheng City Center

Yangzhou
Holiday Inn Express Yangzhou City Center

Zhengzhou
Holiday Inn Express Zhengzhou Airport
Holiday Inn Express Zhengzhou Zhongzhou

Conclusion

Difficult to get too excited about a free night certificate that is only valid for a stay at Holiday Inn Express. It is worth taking advantage, however, if you are planning to stay twice at any of the participating hotels in China.

Here are the terms and conditions (Google translate from Chinese):

Eligibility & Registration
Must meet both criteria below to be eligible for participating ‘SMART WIN FREE NIGHT’ (the ‘Promotion’)

  • Must be an IHG® Rewards Club member (the ‘Member’) to participate in ‘SMART WIN FREE NIGHT’ (the ‘Promotion’). To join IHG® Rewards Club for free, visit www.ihgrewardsclub.com. Must register membership in advance. Valid email address is required for registration.
  • Registration is required for participating the Promotion, new and existing IHG® Rewards Club members shall call our dedicated ‘Smart Win Free Night’ promotional hotline 400 8840 888 toll-free( international non toll-free +86 21 2033 4888), or campaign official website.

Earning

  • From 1st Jan to 31st Mar 2015 (the ‘Promotion Period’), Members who successfully registers the Promotion and completes 2 qualified stays with at least 1 weekend stay in Holiday Inn Express Mainland China, will get 1 free night in Holiday Inn Express Mainland China the ‘Promotion Hurdle). A weekend stay count as any stay has at least 1 night on Fri/Sat/Sun.
  • A Stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/check-out. A Stay is qualified when paying Qualifying Room Rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Points are not issued for stays at the following reduced room rates (Non-Qualifying Room Rates; Non-Qualifying Stay): net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, most rates booked through most third-party web sites, complimentary hotel stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate.
  • Only 1 free night to be awarded per Member ID during the Promotion Period.
  • ONLY 1 person per room per stay is eligible for ‘Smart Win Free Night’ earning.
  • The first stay can be counted towards the qualified stays as long as guests enroll the IHG®Rewards Club and register for the Promotion before they check out from property. All stays prior to Promotion registration is ineligible for ‘Smart Win Free Night’ earning.
  • For members who successfully registered & completed the Promotion Hurdle, free night voucher will be deposited into Member’s account in 6-8 weeks after the hurdle completed.
  • Subjected to the IHG® Rewards Club terms and conditions, ‘Smart Win Free Night’ count towards Elite Status as per IHG® Rewards Club policies. But it does NOT count as accumulative stay for other public IHG® Rewards Club member promotions.
  • During the ‘Promotion Period’, Member’s stays paid via Qualifying Room Rates are eligible for IHG®Rewards Club points earning.
  • Member who successfully registers the Promotion can also join other public IHG® Rewards Club member promotions. Free night redemption
  • Free Nights earned for ‘Smart Win Free Night’ are to be used at participating Mainland China Holiday Inn Express Hotels; it is at first-come-first-serve basis and subject to hotel’s room inventory allocation for the Promotion; it is not comparable with IHG® Rewards Club Reward Night (redeemed by points) and not comparable with room inventory sold at public platforms.
  • The Free Nights is valid for 12 months after the deposit date (The Free Night voucher will be deposited into member’s account in 6-8 weeks after Promotion hurdle met).
  • Redemptions must be made 24 hours in advance via Reservation Hotline 400 8840 888 (+86 21 2033 4888 for overseas guests), or www.ihgrewardsclub.com.
  • Cancellation or changes must be made 24 hours prior to 6PM of the arrival date. Any changes or cancellation after that or No Show will be treated as consumed and The Free Night credit will be removed from Member’s IHG® Rewards Club account.
  • IHG® Rewards Club privileges for the Promotion Free Night is the same as IHG® Rewards Club Reward Night redeemed by points.
  • The Promotion Free Nights cannot be exchanged for cash and are not transferrable to other Members/ guests. We reserve the right to remove a member’s Promotion FREE NIGHT reward if fraudulent use of the offer is detected.

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  • Will S

    Wee request, John: if a promo is region restricted, could you kindly put that in the headline? Seems like all the decent IHG promos of late are Asia focused….. Good for folks traveling there, yet increasingly annoying for those of us not. If you’d put an indication of the region restriction in the banner headline, we won’t waste our time reading further.

    • I try to be as descriptive with the titles as possible, but cannot always include every detail.

  • Nai Cha

    What’s the promotion code

  • David

    John, I live in the U.S. and plan to travel to China. I was unable to register. It asks me for the promotion code. Do you have it? Thanks for the posting.

    • The promo code is embedded on the link. Should be 10018.

      • David

        John, Neither the link nor the code works for me (membership in USA). “The code you entered is invalid for your membership. Please check the qualification requirements for your country, region or program”.