InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just introduced a useful new innovation that will make it easier for IHG One Rewards members to connect to Wi-Fi at 5,000+ properties worldwide.
IHG’s new effortless Wi-Fi connection feature
IHG has just launched a new mobile product feature, known as IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. With this new feature, those with the IHG One Rewards mobile app (for both iOS and Android) will automatically be able to connect to Wi-Fi upon arrival at hotels, without having to do anything.
That’s right, there’s no need to enter your room number and name, or a password, but rather your device will automatically connect. IHG states that this is enabled by the newly redesigned IHG app and IHG’s proprietary internet solution, IHG One Rewards Wi-Fi. IHG logs more than 5.3 million monthly Wi-Fi logins, so suffice it to say that this could save quite some time.
This new feature requires a one-time setup via the app, where members can enable the auto connection. Then IHG One Rewards members will have access to Wi-Fi whenever they’re at an IHG hotel, whether it’s for a meeting, an overnight stay, or a meal.
This is a legitimately awesome innovation
It’s nice to see a hotel group make a positive change for once, since it feels like all the “innovation” in the hotel industry lately has involved new ways to cut costs, from eliminating daily housekeeping, to figuring out ways to reduce elite benefits.
Being able to automatically connect to Wi-Fi will save a lot of IHG guests time and frustration. I just wish that this wouldn’t just apply to mobile devices, but that there could also be a way for laptops to auto connect.
Especially with more people working while traveling, there’s still a big opportunity for hotels to be more consistent with their Wi-Fi offerings. For example, some hotels make you register for Wi-Fi every day, which can be annoying if you’re using your laptop for a phone call or video call, and then it drops.
This new feature is also a great way to encourage people to get IHG’s app, which I imagine is a big motivation for this innovation.
The IHG One Rewards app is now all that you need to connect to the Wi-Fi network at 5,000+ IHG properties around the globe. If you opt-in to the new IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect feature, then your mobile device will automatically connect to Wi-Fi when you’re at any IHG property. Well done, IHG!
What do you make of this IHG Wi-Fi innovation?