Register Now: IHG Rewards Triple Points Summer Promo

Register Now: IHG Rewards Triple Points Summer Promo

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IHG Rewards has today officially opened registration for its major global promotion for the summer of 2021, which has the potential to be pretty lucrative (we had learned the details of the promo a few days back, but registration wasn’t officially open at the time, even though some people were able to register).

Earn up to triple points with new IHG Rewards promo

With IHG Rewards’ new global promotion:

  • Members can earn 2x IHG Rewards points on their second stay
  • Members can earn 3x IHG Rewards points starting with their third stay
  • Additionally, members with a co-branded IHG Rewards credit card can earn up to 6,000 additional bonus points — earn 3,000 bonus points on your second stay and 3,000 bonus points on your third stay

As far as the timing and restrictions of this promotion go:

  • The promotion is valid for stays between May 15 and August 16, 2021
  • Registration is required between May 5 and August 16, 2021, and prior to an eligible stay
  • There is no booking deadline, so nights consumed anytime during the promotion period would be eligible, as long as you register in time
  • All paid nights booked directly with IHG qualify for this promotion, as long as the nightly rate is at least $30 (award nights don’t qualify)
  • Bonus points will post four to six weeks after an eligible stay
  • Members can earn a total of up to 106,000 IHG Rewards bonus points during the promotion period — 100,000 bonus points from the triple points promotion, and 6,000 bonus points from the credit card promotion

IHG is offering up to triple points for stays this summer

How lucrative is this IHG Rewards promo?

I’d say this is a fairly lucrative promotion. For what it’s worth, I value IHG Rewards points at ~0.5 cents each, and ordinarily IHG Rewards members earn the following number of points for stays:

  • IHG Rewards offers 10 points per dollar spent at most brands, and five points per dollar spent at Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites
  • IHG Rewards members receive bonus points — Gold members receive a 10% bonus, Platinum members receive a 50% bonus, and Spire members receive a 100% bonus
  • If you pay with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review) you earn 10 IHG bonus points per dollar spent

With this new promotion:

  • You’re earning 10 additional bonus points per dollar spent at most brands on your second stay, which I value at an incremental 5% return
  • Starting with your third stay you’re earning 20 additional bonus points per dollar spent at most brands, which I value at an incremental 10% return
  • If you have the IHG Rewards credit card, you’re earning 3,000 bonus points on each of your second and third stay, which I value at an incremental $15 return for each stay

To do the math, as someone with the IHG Rewards Club Premier Card (which automatically comes with Platinum status) I’d be earning 45 IHG Rewards points per dollar spent starting with my third stay, up to the bonus points cap. That’s pretty decent.

Points earning rates at IHG properties are excellent with this promo

IHG Rewards status is easier to earn in 2021

While this was announced at the beginning of the year, this is also a reminder that IHG Rewards has made it easier to earn elite status in 2021 in two ways:

  • All qualifying nights earned from stays in 2020 will count towards 2021 status
  • IHG is extending the minimum of 25% reduction in elite qualifying criteria through 2021 (whether qualifying based on points or nights), and you can find that chart below

This does make it quite a bit easier to earn status in 2021, though I’d note that:

  • The IHG Rewards Club Premier Card comes with automatic Platinum status, and there are still quite some incremental stays required to earn Spire
  • The incremental perks for Spire over Platinum are quite limited, and there aren’t many circumstances where I could see it being worthwhile to go out of your way to stay at IHG properties to earn those bonus elite points

Bottom line

IHG Rewards has just officially opened registration for its summer 2021 promotion, which is quite lucrative. IHG is offering double points for your second stay, and triple points starting with your third stay, which is an opportunity to earn up to 20 bonus points per dollar spent. On top of that, those with a co-branded IHG Card can earn up to 6,000 additional bonus points after three stays.

It’s shaping up to be a pretty good summer when it comes to hotel promotions, as Hilton Honors also has a solid promotion. Here’s to hoping that Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt also launch lucrative promotions.

What do you make of IHG Rewards’ new triple points promotion?

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  1. EC2

    @ Lucky, I was also targeted for a stay 2 nights get a free night reward. It was emailed to me. Maybe IHG is trying to be a relevant program. Really can’t dig on them too much. While benefits thru status aren’t that great I did a status match to Spire Elite 3 years ago and I’ve been able to keep it. Never reverted back to Platinum.

  2. Gene

    @ Ben -- All that really matters with IHG is RA status. I hope that my assumption of a 25% reduction from $10k to $7.5k IC spend is the right one.

  3. Regis

    A very decent promo. A nice gesture from IHG after their recent devaluation. Now waiting on Marriott for their Summer promo.

  4. Stanley

    Hi Lucky. So, are these double and triple points on the second and third stays considered elite qualifying points or are they bonus points? Thank you.

    By the way, do any extra elite qualifying points roll over to the next calendar year? Also, if you already made bookings prior to the promo announcement, would you still be able to earn the double and triple points as long as you register before your actual stays? Thanks.

  5. ChrisC

    Ben if you have any influence with IHG can you ask why it appears some people have had their Spire status extended to December 2022 but not others.

  6. Alan

    Not a bad promo but depends on being able to actually travel anywhere to make use of it! I can't see my June trip to the USA happening given the way things are at present for international travel and I've got a free night cert and an AMB cert that will likely both be lost as a result - would be nice if they'd extend them...

  7. Brian

    Although the incremental benefits on paper of being Spire Elite aren't much, I've found that it comes with quite a lot in terms of recognition. Since everybody who gets a credit card is Platinum, properties see quite a lot of Platinums, while the Spires are really the frequent travelers and in my experience the treatment is special as a result

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Brian

Although the incremental benefits on paper of being Spire Elite aren't much, I've found that it comes with quite a lot in terms of recognition. Since everybody who gets a credit card is Platinum, properties see quite a lot of Platinums, while the Spires are really the frequent travelers and in my experience the treatment is special as a result

Alan

Not a bad promo but depends on being able to actually travel anywhere to make use of it! I can't see my June trip to the USA happening given the way things are at present for international travel and I've got a free night cert and an AMB cert that will likely both be lost as a result - would be nice if they'd extend them...

ChrisC

Ben if you have any influence with IHG can you ask why it appears some people have had their Spire status extended to December 2022 but not others.

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