It was way back on 12 March that IHG Rewards was the first major loyalty program (from the hotel or airline industry) to take measures to make it easier for its members to earn/retain status this year but that appears to have been the end of the program's interest in looking after its members and guests.
If you're targeting IHG Rewards Club status this year and have been wondering how you're going hit the necessary targets with all the travel restrictions that are being put in place (I suspect more are on the way) there's good news for you - IHG has announced that it is reducing its elite status targets for 2020.
The first IHG Rewards promotion of 2020 will start from 15 February 2020 and the headline that IHG is pushing is one that suggests that members will be able to earn "up to 4x bonus points" for stays made through 15 May...but that really doesn't tell the whole story. It's more complicated than that.
Based on recent history IHG usually uses the beginning of a new year to put through some negative changes to its loyalty program (in 2018 top-tier redemptions became more expensive and in 2019 over 570 properties became more expensive) but so far 2020 has seen IHG Rewards remained unchanged...until now.
IHG Rewards is back with another points sale in which it's offering a 75% bonus to anyone willing to buy at least 20,000 points by 27 February 2020. For the overwhelming majority of people this a bad idea...and here's why
IHG Rewards has launched a promotion for anyone booking one or more stays at select Kimpton properties across the US in which it's offering an amazing 10,000 bonus points/night. Yes, that's 10,000 points per night and not per stay.
While only three of the major airlines are offering mileage sales worth considering this Black Friday, the hotel chains appear to be making more of an effort. With the exception of Hilton, all the major hotel loyalty programs are running points sales right now and most are well worth a closer look.
In the normal course of events I usually find myself having to chase up various loyalty programs to ensure that my accounts are credited with the miles and points I'm due, but right now I'm a little unsure as to why one hotely loyalty program has just credited my account with a nice chunk of points.
IHG Rewards is back with another points sale almost exactly two weeks after the last sale ended. Sadly, while the last sale was a good opportunity for some to top up their IHG Rewards accounts, this is a sale that the overwhelming majority of readers should be giving a wide berth.
I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of IHG Rewards so I don't have particularly high expectations of the program. I don't like the way the program offers poor elite benefits, I don't like how certain elite benefits aren't available on award bookings, and I don't like the way the program continually devalues its currency but, having said all that, I've known about these shortcomings for a while so I know how to live with them.