Earlier this month, a significant number of IHG Rewards members had a message dropped into their accounts informing them that they could earn 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights they consume at IHG properties in 2021. Well, there's a very good chance that if you saw that message in your account it was there in error and you weren't really targeted for that promotion at all.
This is nothing more than a rehash of the article that I usually post whenever IHG Rewards comes up with a sale that offers anything but a 100% bonus, so it's going to be one of the shorter posts that I write this year. All I really want this post to achieve is to make newcomers to the miles & points hobby aware that the current IHG Rewards Club points sale isn't very good and to let them know that we're definitely going to see better sales than this one in months ahead.
IHG announced the purchase of Six Senses Hotels Resorts for $300m in February 2019 and IHG Rewards members shave been waiting patiently ever since to be given a chance to use their points to book these luxurious properties. Now, that wait is over (at least in part) because 6 of the Six Senses properties are now showing award night availability on IHG's website.
Right now, most (possibly all) IHG Rewards Club members are eligible for a promotion that will see them earn a bonus of 10,000 points for every 10 nights they spend at IHG properties in 2021, but the chances are that they have no idea that this promotion is in progress.
IHG Rewards has been running its first good points sale of 2021 since last Friday and even though this sale's end date has been extended once (it was meant to end on Tuesday) it now looks like it will definitely wrap up this coming Sunday (in two days time).
IHG Rewards runs frequent points sales and the sales in which a 100% bonus is offered can offer an easy path to good savings. If, however, you combine a good points sale with a key benefit offered by the IHG Rewards Premier credit card or the IHG Rewards Traveler credit card, the savings can be fantastic.
IHG Rewards may have already made earning and retaining elite status in 2021 a lot easier by reducing status requirements and rolling forward elite nights from 2020, but now it has brought back a promotion from last year in which it's offering customers mid-tier elite status after just 5 nights.
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.