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The IHG “Into the Nights” promotion officially wrapped up on December 31st, and now my dashboard has updated to allow me to select points or two free nights as my prize for completing the requirements of the promotion. Admittedly I won’t win the award for completing the requirements in the most concise fashion, but it got done in the end for less than $200 in additional out-of-pocket expenses.
Per the terms and conditions you only have until January 31st to claim your “two free nights” prize or else you will automatically be awarded the applicable reward bonus points for your offer. In my case, it was a pretty easy decision between 31,600 IHG points or two free nights to use at any IHG property. I can potentially get up to 100,000 points in value out of two free nights, and while I may not get that max benefit, I will certainly do better than an average of 15,000 points per night.
To use the IHG Into the Nights free nights, you have to do a little detective work (or simply be reading this post).
- Log-in to your IHG Rewards account.
- Click on “My Account”
- On the left-hand side of the screen click on “free night status”
- Search for eligible award nights at the property of your choice using the “Book Free Night” option
In my searches, there was some very decent uses of the free nights available, though reports are the availability does not line up 100% with points availability. Some of the options I had fun looking at were $400+ nights at the Holiday Inn Vail around Christmas, nights at the Intercontinental Paris that were selling for over €400 per night, or nights at the Intercontinental London Park Lane for around
£400 per night (which is the equivalent of over $1200 USD for a two-night stay!). IHG actually has some of the better availability in Europe for families with more than 2 people traveling, so there are some good uses even for overseas family travel. I’m not 100% sure yet where we will use our free nights, but I have a few fun ideas that should ensure a great stay and a very good return on the money invested in the promo to earn the nights.
If there is availability using the IHG Into the Nights free nights awards then it will show as “Free” Average Nightly Rate when you search through the free nights status option as described above.
Do keep in mind that the free nights are not transferable, reservations must be made 24 hours in advance, and they must be redeemed by December 31, 2015. Of course, you also need to be sure to select free nights as your preference by January 31st or the system (per the terms) will default your selection into the points.
Have your free nights posted from the Into the Nights promo, and how do you plan to use them?
Here are the complete terms and conditions related to the free nights:
Free Nights earned are applicable only to the room nights and privileges specifically provided by this Promotion and supporting Offers, at IHG’s discretion, and are not comparable with IHG® Rewards Club Reward Night (redeemed by points) or any other room nights. Free Nights earned from Stays, as defined in the Into the Nights terms, completed during Registration must be redeemed by 31 December 2015. Free Nights earned must be claimed by 31 January 2015 or members will be automatically be awarded applicable points. Free Nights can only be used in participating IHG hotels and may not be transferred. A Free Night is valid only for one standard room night rate and applicable taxes (not including breakfast). Redemption is subject to availability of the rooms of hotels specially provided for this promotion. The hotel rooms hotels specially provided for this promotion shall be determined at IHG’s discretion. Free Nights shall be redeemed on first-come and first-served basis. Redemptions must be made 24 hours in advance by logging in to the member account on www.ihgrewardsclub.com. Cancellation or changes must be made 48 hours prior to 6 P.M. of arrival date. Any changes or cancellation after that will be deemed to be a no show, and the Free Night credit will be removed from member’s IHG Rewards Club account. Free Nights cannot be exchanged for cash and are not transferrable in the system to other members and guests. IHG reserves the right to remove a member’s Free Night reward if fraudulent use of the Offer is detected. IHG Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer.