InterContinental has launched a potentially lucrative promotion to earn IHG Rewards Club points. This promotion is in addition to the global fall 2019 IHG promotion, as that’s valid for stays at all IHG brands (while this is specific to InterContinental).
Earn 3,000 Bonus Points Per InterContinental Stay
You can earn 3,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points for every stay at an InterContinental hotel between September 26 and November 30, 2019. Registration is required prior to your first stay.
You can earn the bonus for at most five stays, for a total of up to 15,000 bonus points. Only qualifying rates are eligible, which are those eligible for points accrual. In other words, award stays don’t qualify.
I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me that’s like an extra $15 value per stay.
The bonus points earned with this promotion are in addition to the points you usually earn, plus the points you can earn through IHG’s current global promotion.
Great Promotion For New Ambassador Members
IHG’s approach towards loyalty can be confusing:
- IHG Rewards Club is IHG’s primary loyalty program, but it doesn’t actually offer competitive elite benefits, and those few elite benefits it does offer aren’t valid at InterContinental hotels
- InterContinental has a separate loyalty program (the Ambassador program), which gets you benefits at InterContinental hotels
With the Ambassador program, Ambassador status can just outright be purchased for $200. Some people might find the status to be worthwhile, as it comes with perks like a guaranteed one category upgrade, a complimentary weekend night, a welcome fruit platter, a $20 restaurant and bar credit with every stay, and more.
Well, IHG has just sweetened the deal for signing up for Ambassador status.
First of all, through November 30, 2019, you can receive 10,000 bonus points when you sign up for Ambassador. Based on my valuation of points, that’s like getting ~$50 back.
On top of that, IHG is offering to improve the InterContinental bonus points promotion for new members who enroll during the promotion period.
Those who enroll in the Ambassador program can receive 6,000 bonus points per stay, rather than 3,000 bonus points. All other terms regarding the promotion are the same, except you’re capped at 30,000 bonus points rather than 15,000 bonus points.
Other Opportunities To Earn IHG Points
If you’re looking for other opportunities to earn IHG Rewards Club points, the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card has some great long term perks that make it worth holding onto, like IHG Platinum status, a fourth night free on award redemptions, an anniversary free night award (at any property costing up to 40,000 points/night), and more.
These are some great promotions for InterContinental status. All members can earn 3,000 bonus points per InterContinental stay, and new Ambassador members can receive 10,000 bonus points for signing up, plus 6,000 bonus points per stay.
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)