United Airlines sent out an email over the weekend informing MileagePlus members that they can make reservation for IHG hotels that include set number of bonus miles per night or stay.
Based on the IHG Rewards Club landing base, it seems that Air Canada Aeroplan and British Airways Executive Club members can expect similar emails from these loyalty programs.
You can access IHG’s web page for this offer here.
IHG Rewards Club offers number of Bonus Points Packages that you can also book and those bonus points will convert to airline miles usually on 5:1 ratio (5 IHG Rewards Club points = one airline mile). You can read more about this here.
Here are the current Bonus Points Packages:
Here’s screenshot of the email United sent:
Price displays for one night weekend stay in October:
The bonus miles inclusive rate is 5 THB higher than the Best Flexible Rate for the dates in question. There are lower advance purchase and Luxury Weekends sale rates available.
The bonus miles inclusive rate here is 5 SGD higher than the Best Flexible Rate for the same date. There are lower other sale rates available.
InterContinental New York
Seems that the miles inclusive rate is always 5 higher in local currency and that is the case for New York as well.
This rate type can only make sense if you need to book Best Flexible Rates when discount/advance purchase ones are gone. Even then you are most likely to pay for the miles that IHG Rewards Club awards you. You can often purchase airline miles directly from the airlines for less than 2.5 cents each that IHG seems to be charging in top of the Best Flexible Rate for US hotels.