Earn Bonus Points For InterContinental Stays

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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.

See this post for the best credit cards for earning IHG points.

On top of that, IHG often sells points at a discount, which can be a good deal.

Bottom Line

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)

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Comments
  1. I came across IHG points recently actually having negative value. A November booking in the UK at Hoilday In Express was £59 plus 5000 points, or £55 with NO points!

  2. I have a booking for the Ambassador BOGO promo for Oct. If I register would I get the bonus points considering its a “promo” and pre booked? I’d hope for 3,000 points, not another 3,000 on the free night of course.

  3. Can anyone please explain to me what it the value of IHG program??
    It has always looled liked a completely worthless programme on the same level as Qatar Privilege Club. Redemptions rates are ridiculously high, points are meaningless, no breakfast or lounge access ensured for top tier members. please help me understand

  4. Stanley,

    You can probably say that about almost all hotel loyalty programs. I’ve been top status with Accor and Hilton and it really didn’t get me much. IHG has never attracted me and you can barely find anyone with a good word for Marriott/Bonvoy.

    Hyatt is the best of the bunch. But personally I will take the de facto 10% discount you get with hotels.com, and eschew any concept of “loyalty”

  5. @Tom, well with Hilton and Marriott you get breakfast and executive lounge access which is a very nice perk especially in East Asia

  6. @Stanley The value of being platinum is a possible room upgrade, a welcome drink and your points don’t expire. I have status because of the credit card and make use of the annual “free” night (for $89 annual fee) at stays such as IC Madrid. I also make use of the points at HIXs on road trips for 15-25K points which have some kind of free breakfast. Hi/Lo strategy.

  7. I assume this includes pre-booked reservations?

    If so, I’m booked at InterContinentals in Singapore and Thailand in November, so this promo just got me 6,000 IHG points for a few clicks!

    Thanks!

  8. After reading all these negative reports about IHG rewards, I decided to check my upcoming reservation at IC Athens. I have 4 night reward paid for 3 nights for 105,000 points and will get 10% back for having both Chase cards.

    So 95,000 points = $475 at 1/2 cent per point. The cheapest paid rate is 185 Euros/night plus I am sure additional taxes.

    I will join the Ambassador program and get a free night, upgrade and 10K points – seems like a no brainer. Thanks Lucky for describing this benefit.

    It seems with all these programs you get most benefit with higher end hotels.

  9. The HIX is the backbone of IHG, and if a limited service brand meets your needs, they’ve got a good footprint and a lot of great locations. I’ve had great stays recently at HIX-Zion National Park, and Amsterdam City Hall (the rooms were nothing special there, but they gave a canal front room to this Spire on an award stay, and I loved watching ducks and boats float by my window from the comfort of my bed)

    I have the best upgrade results within the IHG family at Staybridge Suites of all places, even on award stays when they didn’t have to do that.

    I’ve been happy with my Hyatt stays but as someone who regularly ventures into secondary and tertiary areas, their very limited footprint doesn’t work for me.

  10. seems targeted unless the website is having a meltdown which I think it is
    I cant see my reservations when I log in or change or cancel bookings

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