This is probably going to be one of the shorter posts that I write this year because all I need it to do is to make people aware that the current IHG Rewards Club points sale is pretty bad. We're definitely going to see better sales than this one in the coming months so this is a sale to avoid.
Back in December, IHG left it as late as it possibly could before extending the expiration date of all the free night certificates that were due to expire at the end of 2020. Now, IHG has confirmed that it is extending the expiration date of yet more free night certificates.
For 2021, we've seen Hilton take significant steps to make earning elite status easier, we've seen Hyatt make earning top-tier status easier than it has ever been before, and we've recently even seen Marriott making Bonvoy status relatively simple to earn, so it was only a matter of time before IHG followed along and that's exactly what has now happened.
IHG has now, finally, announced its new global promotion for the first quarter of 2021 and registration is now open ahead of the promotion's launch date of 20 January.
If you're about to burn an IHG Rewards Club free night certificate that's set to expire in a few weeks' time it may be worth holding off for a few more days as help may be around the corner. Katie Genter has reported that despite IHG's obvious reluctance to extend expiring certificates for a second time, the hotelier may be about to have a change of heart.
Following a truly terrible sale back at the end of October, IHG Rewards Club brought back its best-ever points sale in honor of Black Friday so, for the past few days, it has been offering members the opportunity to buy up to 500,000 points at a cost of just 0.5 cents per point. That opportunity ends today.
It appears to be the season for 30% Avios bonuses. First we have Chase offering a 30% bonus on Ultimate Rewards Point transfers to various Avios-issuing airlines and now we have British Airways offering a 30% bonus on transfers from IHG Rewards Club and Radisson Rewards. But is this promotion any good?
IHG has now added 400 Mr & Mrs Smith properties to its booking engine and as of late yesterday, most of these properties are now available for cash or award bookings. Since these properties were added, I've been searching the IHG site to see if I could find any particular sweet spots or great-value award redemptions and while I haven't noticed any notable good deals, I have noticed a point of concern.
This isn't going to be a long post as the headline pretty much says it all. Anyone who needs to top up an IHG Rewards account should almost certainly avoid the new sale that has just launched (unless you happen to need the points right now) because, as IHG points sales go, this one is terrible.
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