Now that there are numerous IHG Rewards Club promotions going on, I thought that it would be time to have an updated post about different types of them. Some (most) of the IHG Rewards Club promotional offers are combinable with each other but then some are not. I hope that this piece clarifies the situation.
1. Quarterly (Not Always) Stay-Bonuses
IHG Rewards has been sending out targeted offers for years for X number of points after Y number of nights.
There are normally 3 to 4 thresholds of 5000, 10,000 , 15,000, and sometimes 20,000 bonus points after certain number of nights. You can only register for ONE of these promotions. After you have registered, you cannot change the selection.
You should always register for the version of this promotion that you are certain to achieve.
2. Global Promotions
These are the type of promotions that IHG Rewards Club advertises on print media and often all over the properties as well.
They are not tied to quarters but can vary in length and promotion type. These are usually for double points or miles.
3. Welcome Back / New Member Bonuses / Next Stay Bonus
These are normally emailed or mailed to the IHG Rewards Club member. You will receive a code that yields anywhere from 1000 to 3000 points after one paid stay. Sometimes these are eligible only for Gold or Platinum IHG Rewards Club members.
4. Anniversary Bonus Offers
These are very lucrative ones and you should sign up for them during a period that you have the greatest number of paid stays coming up. You will typically receive 1000 bonus points per stay for 60 to 90 days after you sign up. Sometimes they only work for Gold or Platinum member accounts.
5. Ambassador Accelerator
After you sign up for Ambassador membership, you are then eligible for 20K bonus points for every 15 nights spend at InterContinental hotels. You are not automatically signed up for this offer. Look for the sign up code on your Ambassador welcome package.
6. Airline Specific Offers
Sometimes there are offers for double/triple airline miles in selected airline programs. I don’t always write about these as I don’t find them to be very lucrative compared to just earning IHG Rewards Club points. You have to choose miles as your earning option and these often conflict with some other bonus points promotions.
7. Hotel Specific Promotions
Sometimes hotel advertises a rate or rates that include number of bonus IHG Rewards Club points. Often these rates are higher than discounted or even the Best Flexible rates that the property offers.
These tend to be geared towards reimbursed business travelers that may find it beneficial to book artificially high rate, which includes bonus points that the traveler can later use i.e. for their vacation while the business that pays for the stays is picking up the tab.
8. Rebate Promotions
IHG Rewards Club has had different kind of rebate promotions in the past couple of years. They normally require a two night weekday or weekend stay.
You need to register for these in advance and after your stays you need to fill out rebate forms and mail them out to the rebate processed and hope that they correctly fulfill the promotion. Your reward is normally a MasterCard or Visa branded prepaid debit card for $50 or $75 per eligible stay.
9. Other One Time Bonus Points Promotions
There are often promotions that could be brand specific i.e. earlier offer of 15K bonus points after 6 nights at InterContinental hotels or 5000 bonus points for a weekend stay.
10. Surveys / Quizzes / Toolbar / Shopping Promotions
There are number of onetime bonus opportunities that are not tied to stays at all. These tend to come and go. You can earn thousands of points per year just completing them .
Most of the time you can double or triple dip (or even more) multiple IHG Rewards Club promotions if you plan correctly.
Things to keep in mind:
1. Your account may not be eligible for specific promotion
You may get an error message that you have signed up for a promotion or the promotion code is invalid. This normally means that you have already signed up for a variant of the offer.
2. Geographical Requirement
Some promotions may require for your address on file with the IHG Rewards to be in the certain region. There have been prmotions in the past year that have required the account address to be in the United States or in the Asia Pacific.
Sometime these promotions let you register, but if your account is not in the targeted area, the bonus points simply won’t post.
3. My Promotions
The promotions may show (they don’t always) in your “My Promotions”, but it doesn’t mean that the points will actually post. You need to fulfill the terms and conditions of the promotions that are sometimes unknown.
4. Delayed Promotional Points Postings
Some promotions don’t post the bonus points at the time your stay posts and this has become increasingly common lately. It may take from a week to a month for the bonus points to appear.
5. Conflicting promotions
Sometimes signing up for one offer will disqualify you from other one. There is no way to unregister after you have signed up for an offer.
Under no circumstances should you call Priority Club regarding a promotion that you were NOT originally targeted for.
I know that it is terrible that some promotions won’t register or the points simply won’t post. I have gone through this numerous times over the years with IHG Rewards Club.
You should never call to inquiry about promotions that you were not originally targeted for i.e. received an email offering the promotion or a post card in the mail.
Hopefully this clarifies the type of promotions that IHG Rewards Club offers for those that have recently started with the program or haven’t previously paid too much attention to these.
You should always pay attention what promotions are out there and register for the ones that are the most lucrative for you. I do my very best to list all IHG Rewards Club promotions that actually work and what requirements they have for the bonus points to post.