Yesterday, I wrote about a reader Tweet about where IHG Rewards Club points had expired. 100K+ points had been deleted from the account due to no activity for 12 months (read more here).
There are number of ways to extend the validity of one’s points and probably the easiest way is to redeem for an award night and later cancel it.
You can access IHG Rewards Club here.
The cheapest way is to redeem one IHG Rewards PointBreaks night that only require 5,000 points (you can access list of current PointBreaks hotels here).
Here’s account before making an award reservation:
Here’s one PointBreaks hotel:
Booking was made and canceled:
The new points expiry:
I would advice against booking and canceling at the same time. You can book for let’s say two weeks out and cancel couple of days before the stay would take place.
There are other ways to extend the validity of points and I will cover them next week. Those that haven’t had any account activity for a while may have their points expire at the end of this month/May 1.