Not sure what happened with IHG Rewards Club back in 2013, but they suddenly started to close and terminate some accounts that had signed up for multiple promotions.
I have covered this IHG Rewards Club account issues (at least) four times previously:
Here’s the email from a LoyaltyLobby reader:
I really need your advice in this situation and will be very grateful if you can help me here.
I have an account with IHG since 2004 or maybe even for longer with platinum status and over 250,000 points. Yesterday i could not access my account online, and said that i should contact a IHG representative. So i called, and a very rude representative told me that my account was closed due to violation of terms and conditions, because i had registered to some promotions that were not targeted for me. I was devastated to know this, as i have been a loyal customer and a promoter encouraging all my friends to become members and enjoy the benefits from being a member. I always choose to stay at a IHG property over any other property, even that some times i spend more money or sacrifice location just to keep my account status and to have the benefits from it.
I am certain that i haven’t done anything wrong ( I have registered for some promotions listed on your web page, but my point are gained from my stays and the 1000 point from a promo or two don’t make a difference) and that i love this program, but this time i feel like if i was robbed, they told me that a representative will contact me in a 72 hours period.
What can i do? who should i talk to? i have invested so much effort and time in this account, i just can’t loose it!
From a reader of your web page that has saved me thousands of dollars in hotels, thanks for keeping up all the updates!
First of all there has been very few targeted promotions in 2014 that everyone could have signed up for compared to other years. Also, there haven’t been practically any new promo codes out for months.
Here’s what I would do:
1. Contact the Customer Relations in the United States and try to clear the issue with them. I truly doubt that they wouldn’t clear your account if there is only few promo sign ups here and there.
2. You can try contacting the head of loyalty programs at the IHG. You can find the public LinkEdIn profile of the person here. Remember that the IHG email addresses are formatted as firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. You can always contact the consumer ombudsman of the jurisdiction that you live. In the United States, you can open a complaint with the office of the Attorney General of the state that you live in or where InterContinental Hotels Group is based (Georgia).
Considering the number of very few “targeted” promotions that anyone has been able to sign up for in the 2014, I cannot understand why IHG still continues this account terminations/closures. It really shouldn’t be THAT difficult to make sure that these targeted promotions can only be signed up for by select members. IHG has this procedure already on some promotions they have had.