IHG Rewards Club has launched their fall 2018 promotion and it’s called Double Points Plus More. There are two parts to the promotion; the first offers double points starting from your second stay, while the second part is targeted.
- Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points.
- Targeted offers (see below for examples)
- Registration required – direct link.
- Each Offer must be completed between 16 September 2018 and 16 December 2018.
- Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points, or other benefits (if any) available under the applicable Offer.
The double points portion of this promotion isn’t particularly great seeing as the bonus points are only earned from your second stay. You’re also limited to 15,000 bonus points which, seeing as you earn 10 IHG Rewards Club points per dollar at most of their brands (Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites offer 5 points per dollar), means you’ll only earn double points on up to $1,500 of spend.
The targeted offers are where things get interesting though.
These offers range from awful to enticing. My wife’s is on the awful end of the spectrum and means we won’t bother trying to complete her task.
My tasks on the other hand are much more interesting. So much so that I’m tempted to cancel some upcoming award stays to book paid stays.
Completing those final two tasks means we’d earn just over 50,000 bonus points. To do that, we’d need to stay at least nine nights during the promotion period. Two stays of four nights at two different brands and at least one night at a third brand.
When also taking into account the base points earned, double base points from Spire Elite status and 10x points for paying with the IHG Premier credit card, we should easily end up with 60,000 points or more. That total would be higher, but there’s a good chance two of our three brands will be Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites which earn at the lower rate.
We try to maximize our IHG Rewards Club points by only redeeming at properties costing 5,000 or 10,000 points per night. With the fourth night free on award stays, that means our 60,000 points would get us at least eight free nights. That’s pretty good for an investment of nine paid nights.
Seeing as you’ll only earn bonus points on paid stays, you can also earn ~10% cashback by clicking through from a portal.
Did you get a good offer or was yours as bad as my wife’s?