IHG Hotels has launched an offer for United Airlines MileagePlus members that it has previously promoted with several other airlines.
MileagePlus members earn 1,000 bonus miles per stay minimum of two nights if they book a “bonus miles package” rate that is the most expensive Best Flexible one, and you elect to earn miles for your IHG stays instead of points.
You can access this offer on IHG’s website here.
Note that although IHG claims this to be a special offer for a certain period and that there would be a maximum number of miles you can earn, this is not true.
You need to book the bonus miles package rate, and the miles are then deposited to the airline to which you have chosen as your preferred one and where your stays are credited (you cannot both earn IHG Rewards points and airline miles simultaneously).
The “preferred” partner rate that is tied to the 1,00 bonus miles per STAY is basically the Best Flexible one that tends to be the most expensive.
These bonus miles package rates make absolutely no sense at all unless someone else pays for your stays and travel expenses are not audited.
Not sure why IHG promotes these as limited-time offers with a maximum number of miles that you can earn when they are neither, and they are not tied to any specific airline either?
It almost looks like IHG copy/pasted and edited the T&Cs some old promotion it had with Air Canada/Aeroplan that allowed members to earn bonus miles regardless of the rate paid. Those offers made sense, and this one doesn’t.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
This campaign is eligible for common members of IHG® Rewards and United® MileagePlus®（the “Eligible Member”).
United® MileagePlus® members need to register as an IHG® Rewards member, and select United Airlines MileagePlus as their earning preference located in their IHG® Rewards My Account prior to check-in.
Eligible bookings must be made through official United Airlines | MileagePlus channel via the following link https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/deals/member-offers/mileageplus at participating IHG® Hotels and Resorts.
Eligible bookings are made between May 1,2021 and September 30, 2021 with a check-in date on or after May 1, 2021 and check-out on or before September 30, 2021.
Rooms are available at participating IHG Hotels & Resorts hotels in select destinations around the world. Rates are limited and subject to availability. Promotion available at participating hotels only.
Rate details may vary by region and by hotel. Any unused components of the rate are non-refundable. No retroactive base miles or bonus miles will be awarded for nights stayed prior to IHG® Rewards enrollment or promotion enrollment. Blackout dates may apply. Rates are per room, per night, and extra person charges and rollaway bed charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply. Rates do not include taxes, gratuities, or incidental charges, including food and beverages.
A stay is one or more consecutive nights at the same hotel regardless of frequency of check-in/checkout.
In case that two or more than two Eligible Members check-in the same one room at the same time, base miles and bonus miles will only be credited to the same account of one of such members who made the booking.
Eligible base and bonus miles will be deposited to the Eligible Member’s MileagePlus account in 4-6 weeks.
Eligible Members can earn 1,000 bonus miles per Qualifying Stay (2-night minimum stay required) at InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations® and Holiday Inn Resort®, EVEN®, voco™, avid™, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels in addition to the standard Base Miles offer. Maximum bonus award is 15,000 bonus miles during this campaign.
If any Eligible Member is found conducting fraud or misusing this promotion, IHG® Rewards Club has the full right and discretion to withdraw the rewards to such Eligible Member or even close the IHG® Rewards account of such Eligible Member.
IHG® Rewards reserves the right to, at any time, and with or without the prior notification, cancel, terminate or amend the promotion terms or exclusive task for such Eligible Member.
This offer qualifies for IHG Rewards and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion and has no cash value.
Subject to standard IHG® Rewards Club program terms and conditions.
Miles, awards and benefits are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. For details, see www.united.com.