Great Deal: 15x Amex Points With IHG (In Addition To Normal Points)

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Shopping portals can be a great way to earn cash back for purchases you’d make anyway. While shopping portals offer bonuses for all kinds of retailers, sometimes they even offer bonuses for airlines and hotels.

We even see portals sometimes offer bonuses on hotel stays, which can be a great deal.

Earn 15% Cash Back With IHG

Earlier I wrote about how Rakuten is offering a special Cyber Monday promotion, where you can earn up to 15% cash back with 600+ retailers. I wanted to specifically call out a great opportunity to earn bonus points for hotel stays, though, because this is one of the best promotions we’ve ever seen for IHG.

At the moment you can get 15% cash back for stays at all IHG brands booked through Rakuten (this includes InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, etc.).

Rakuten simply redirects you to IHG’s website, so you’d be eligible to earn points and receive elite benefits as usual. You could even take advantage of IHG’s awesome current global promotion.

The terms state the following:

Exclusions: Cash Back is only available for commissionable IHG rates. Specially negotiated rates such as IHG friends & Family are not eligible for Cash Back. Rooms booked and paid for by IHG reward Club Points are not eligible for cash back incentives.

Special Terms: Changes made to the reservation at the hotel will void Cash Back.

Posting Time: Cash Back will be added to your Rakuten account within a few days after travel has been completed.

Earn 15x Amex Points Instead

15% cash back is awesome, but what’s even better is earning 15x Amex points. Nowadays you can choose to earn Amex points instead of cash back with Rakuten, at the rate of one cent per point.

Personally I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each. So to me, earning 15x Amex points is the equivalent of over 25% back, which is incredible.

The ability to earn Amex points with Rakuten is a game changer for me when it comes to online shopping portals.

See this post for everything you need to know about earning Amex points with Rakuten.

New To Rakuten? 

If you’re new to Rakuten you can register using my link, and then you’ll earn a $10 bonus after completing your first purchase of $25 or more within 90 days. Once you register for your account just change your earnings preference to Amex points, and then you can earn Amex points for all of your purchases.

Bottom Line

This is an incredible opportunity to earn 15x Amex points for any upcoming IHG hotel stays. That’s in addition to the IHG and credit card points you’d usually earn, and you can indeed earn a lot of points for upcoming stays, given IHG’s excellent promotions.

We do somewhat frequently see them offering 10%/10x points for IHG stays, but 15%/15x points really is exceptional and noteworthy.

This is a great deal, though make sure you book today, as that’s the only day the promo is valid.

Are you booking any IHG hotels with this deal?

  1. Ben,

    I booked InterContinental Frankfurt for 4 nights in March linking through this site. Not only do you get the 15% in Membership Rewards it is now set up (on my account t anyway) that charges on ANY credit card, not just Amex, go to membership rewards. I used my IHG card w 25x match (under recent promotion) plus booked under their Cyber special of 30% off and 4x points. Got a great hotel for 102 Euros (including VAT) a night plus total of over 40x IHG points (15x stay, 25x credit card and bonus 4x) plus around 4500 Membership Rewards points. Can’t beat it.

    BTW for other poster points are only transferred 4 times a year and hotel points can lag the stay for up to a month so it does take a while but you will get all the points documented in your account.

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