Targeted IHG Offers: Earn Free Night Certificate Or Bonus Points

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IHG Rewards Club is sending out targeted offers to members to incentivize them to stay by the end of the year. My wife and I received different offers awarding bonus points, but a reader reports getting an offer for a free night certificate.

IHG 10,000 Bonus Points After 3 Nights

The Deal

  • IHG is sending out targeted offers – here are some examples:
    • Stay 3 nights & earn 10,000 bonus points
    • Stay 1 night & earn 5,000 bonus points
    • Stay twice & earn a free night certificate (capped at 40,000 points, must be redeemed by May 31, 2021)

Key Terms

These terms are for the 10,000 point offer; the 5,000 point offer terms are similar.

  • Must be an IHG Rewards Club member and must register your member number in advance to participate in this Offer.
  • 10,000 bonus points will be deposited into your account after completing 3 qualifying night(s) between October 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020 at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Kimpton, EVEN, avid, voco, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Principal Hotels, or HUALUXE hotels worldwide.
  • IHG Army Hotels, Mr. & Mrs. Smith properties, and Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas are excluded from this Offer.
  • A Qualifying night is defined as a minimum 1-night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with total spend exceeding $30 per night.
  • Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be eligible.
  • If more than one member checks into the same room, only one member is eligible for the Offer.
  • No retroactive credit will be awarded for Stays prior to registration.
  • This Offer is subject to standard IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained here.
  • Please allow up to 3 weeks for bonus points to be posted onto your account.
  • The use of certain rates may be subject to applicable agreement(s). Any misuse of such rates is considered a fraud activity subject to IHG Rewards Club Membership terms and conditions. IHG reserves the right to remove a member’s bonus points award or cancel a member’s account if fraudulent use of the Promotion is detected.
  • To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice.
  • To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer.
  • This exclusive Offer is valid and applies to the original recipient only.
  • Members must make any promotional inquiries by 60 days from the end of the campaign period.

Quick Thoughts

My wife and I both received a targeted offer, with the subject line “Hey, Shae! Check out this exclusive offer…” and “Hey, Stephen! Check out this exclusive offer…” respectively.

Her offer for 10,000 bonus points is the more generous of the two, although my offer for 5,000 bonus points is easier to attain seeing as I only have to stay one night whereas she has to stay three nights to earn her bonus.

Reader Franz reported in the Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group that he received an offer for a free night certificate when staying twice. The certificate has a cap of 40,000 points, so it’s the same as the anniversary night certificates you receive on the IHG Premier and IHG Select credit cards at renewal each year. Despite the fact that he’d have to redeem the free night by May 31, 2021, it’s a decent offer. The only requirement is that he stay twice, so it could potentially be worth mattress running if he booked two one-night stays which were both cheap.

The great thing about these targeted offers is that they stack with IHG’s latest promotion. That offers double points for every stay, as well as 10,000 bonus points on your first stay when paying with an IHG credit card. If Franz has an IHG credit card, he could potentially pay less than $150 total for two stays and earn 10,000 bonus points from IHG’s latest promo, a free night certificate worth up to 40,000 points and more than 5,000 points for the stays based on base points, double points from the latest promo, 50% bonus points for Platinum status and 10x if paying with an IHG Premier card.

IHG is certainly tempting me to make a reservation with them. We already have the next two months of hotel stays booked and there isn’t really anything in there that I want to change as we’ve either booked cheap points stays with Hilton, Hyatt and IHG or cheap Hyatt paid stays which I wouldn’t want to move due to their generous 3x + double elite nights promotion.

The one potential outlet to take advantage of my 5,000 bonus points offer is a one night stay I was planning on booking at a La Quinta. It’s a quick overnight stay which costs $72 with tax and doesn’t charge a pet fee. The La Quinta stay would be cheaper, but an IHG stay would be more rewarding. Here’s how it all stacks up.

La Quinta (Wyndham)

  • Cost – $72 with tax & no pet fee.
  • $3.60 cashback (based on 5% back as a statement credit from Visa SavingsEdge)
  • 1,000 base points (Wyndham offers 10x points per dollar or 1,000 points per stay – whichever is more)
  • 7,500 bonus points (this would be my second stay during the latest Wyndham promo)
  • 576 bonus points (I was just approved for the Wyndham business card & this earns 8x on Wyndham stays)
  • Total cost = $68.40
  • Total points earnings = 9,076 Wyndham Rewards points

Candlewood Suites (IHG)

  • Cost – $115.76 with tax & including pet fee
  • 480 Membership Rewards (based on 6x rate from Rakuten for IHG stays right now – that’s calculated on the pre-tax rate of $80)
  • 2,400 points (800 base at 10x, 800 bonus at 10x from Spire Elite status & 800 bonus from double points promotion)
  • 5,000 bonus points (from this targeted offer)
  • 10,000 bonus points (from latest promo by paying with my IHG card)
  • 1,158 bonus points (10x by paying for stay on IHG Premier card)
  • Total cost = $115.76
  • Total points earnings = 18,558 IHG Rewards Club points + 480 Membership Rewards

This is why it can help to write things down sometimes. When initially writing this post, it was a toss-up in my mind as to whether to book that one night stay with Wyndham or IHG. Looking at the summaries for each option though, IHG is the much better choice in my mind.

It’s $47.36 more expensive and money is often my biggest consideration when planning out where we’re going to be staying week-by-week. Our road trip budget is $100 per day, so we rarely spend $115 per night on hotel rooms as that $100 also incorporates food, gas, activities, cell phone bills, etc. However, those points earnings tip it in IHG’s favor quite considerably.

Wyndham has three redemption levels – 7,500, 15,000 and 30,000. Redemptions at the 7,500 level are rarely worth it because you can usually pay for stays at those properties for ~$50. I wouldn’t want to pay 30,000 points for a Wyndham property, so I imagine we’ll only ever redeem Wyndham Rewards points at the 15,000 point level. That means the 9,076 points we’d earn from the La Quinta stay would only get us 2/3 of the way to a free night (my new Wyndham business card offers a 10% discount on award nights).

18,558 IHG Rewards Club points are worth significantly more to me though. We usually redeem points in the 10,000-12,500 point range now that IHG has moved to dynamic pricing. We book in four night increments to take advantage of the fourth night free benefit on the IHG Premier card and also get a 10% points rebate from my old IHG Select card. That means 18,558 points can get us two free nights with points to spare, so paying an extra $47.36 makes that worthwhile.

To be honest, it probably would’ve been worth booking that one night stay with IHG anyway, but the 5,000 bonus points from this targeted offer has done enough to attract my attention. Good job IHG – your promotion has done exactly what it was designed to do!

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