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IHG Rewards (the program formerly known as Priority Club) has a bunch of news on the promo and redemption front this weekend that is worth a review.
“The Big Win” Promotion:
First, they have a “The Big Win” promotion where members can get additional points or miles based on completing certain activities like completing one stay, staying in two different brands under the IHG Rewards umbrella (InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels, Holiday Inn Resort® Hotels, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels or Candlewood Suites® Hotels brands), staying in specific properties, etc. The offers are targeted to each member, but all offers are for a cumulative total of at least 50,000 points (or 10,000 airline miles) and the promotion runs from September 1 – December 31st.
In the press release, one of their directors is quoted saying that “Reward program promotions are no longer ‘one size fits all'” and to some degree we certainly have seen an increase in targeted bonus offers across many chains, so there is no doubt that is a current trend. At least with this one there are some constants such as everyone can participate, there is a minimum number of points/miles everyone will get, and the first offer of 1,000 points or 500 miles is the same for everyone.
I still had my preferences set to airline miles since I hadn’t used my IHG Rewards account for stays that earn points in quite a while (I have instead just been redeeming points). Consequently, my offer is for up to 11,500 airline miles if I complete the following activities:
- Stay at any IHG® hotel and receive 500 miles.
- Stay a total of 4 nights and receive 1,000 miles
- Stay at 2 different IHG brands and receive 4,000 miles
- Book 2 separate stays through an IHG® hotel website or mobile device
- Stay at 2 of the following locations below and receive 1,000 miles: Select properties in Montreal, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, Washington DC, Denver, Chicago, Sao Paulo, and NYC
- Complete all of your offers and receive 4,000 miles
If you could complete your stays in the specific cities listed at two different brands, it would be possible to collect all of the bonuses in just two stays that totaled at least four nights if you booked them via the IHG hotel website or mobile device.
I actually kinda like promos that are a bit more complex and layered such as this one as it can make strategizing fun. I value airlines miles at a value of at least 1.5 cents each, so I would get at least $172.50 in value from these bonus miles. That would be on top of all the normal points and bonuses you can get with IHG Rewards. My only issue is that I don’t really have any additional stays that need to be booked, so it would solely be to participate in the promo, and that just doesn’t make the economics work in my favor for less than $200 in a bonus miles.
However, I do really like the promo for those who still have stays to book this fall, or for those who already had planned to stay at IHG Rewards hotel. I imagine there are many different versions of this promo out there with people who are targeted for 50k, 60k, 70k hotel points and more! No matter which version you receive, it makes sense to go ahead and register as you never know what the future will hold. If Hyatt or SPG had an offer like this out, I’m sure I would be all over it, but I just can’t take on stays at yet another hotel chain since my travel, while frequent, isn’t that frequent.
5,000 points per night PointBreaks preview:
Just like last time around, a preview list of hotels that will offer the 5,000 points per night PointBreaks deals beginning on Monday 8/26 for bookings through October 31st is available in the Priority Club Connect forum. I like the idea of a preview so you can be ready to snag a hotel you may be interested in, since some hotels go quite quickly at just 5k points per night. It is always possible that the actual list will be slightly different than the preview list, but it should give you a decent idea of what will be available. This particular list doesn’t seem to have many super popular resorts that everyone will pounce on at once, but that doesn’t mean there might not be a few that will work for your specific fall travel needs.
For example, if your journeys will have you in need of a very affordable place to sleep in North Houston; Vernal, Utah; Kiev, near Dulles Airport, or in Charleston, West Virginia you are in luck! If you are hoping to score a hotel for 5k points in the heart of NYC, well, keep looking. Remember you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to IHG Rewards, so even if your account is currently sitting at 0 it is still possible for you to snag one of these deals with a quick points transfer.
I’ll post the full list when it goes live on Monday. Thanks to View From the Wing for sharing the link to the preview list.