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Deal: Earn 10 Amex points/dollar (or 10% cash back) on IHG bookings

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Rakuten is back with another good cash back offer with which you can earn 10% cash back or 10 Amex Membership Rewards Points per dollar on most IHG (InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, etc…) bookings. It’s not clear how long this offer will last for so don’t wait too long if you have an IHG stay that you need to book.

Rakuten IHG 10% cash back terms

These are the key terms and conditions per Rakuten:

  • Cash Back is not available on bookings with Kimpton Hotels, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Six Senses, or IHG Army Hotels.
  • Changes made to the reservation at the hotel will void Cash Back.
  • Specialty negotiated rates such as IHG friends & Family are not eligible for Cash Back.
  • Cash Back is not available on the purchase of reward Club Points or the Ambassador Certificate program.
  • Rooms booked and paid for by IHG reward Club Points are not eligible for Cash Back incentives.
  • Cash Back will be added to your Rakuten account within 3 months after travel has been completed

Make sure you read all the terms carefully on the Rakuten page before booking.

Participating brands

Sometimes we see a significant number of IHG brands specifically excluded from these Rakuten cashback promotions, but this time only Kimpton, Six Senses and Mr. & Mrs. Smith properties appear to be excluded (from the main brands).

Also, unlike what we’ve seen on a few other occasions, there doesn’t appear to be a requirement for bookings to be made at IHG’s US properties so all stays at eligible IHG properties around the world should trigger this offer.

This is the new IHG One Rewards Diamond fast track offer (targeted)

Why this is a good deal

Not only will clicking through the Rakuten portal earn you 10% cash back on eligible IHG bookings, but you’ll also continue to earn IHG Rewards points and credit towards IHG elite status, and you’ll continue to enjoy any elite status benefits that you may be entitled to (Rakuten’s links take you directly to the IHG website so all stays booked in this way are treated like any other booking made directly with IHG).

Don’t forget!

Earn Membership Rewards Points 

If you’d like to earn Membership Rewards points instead of cashback (1 point per 1% cash back) make sure you change your Rakuten account settings appropriately.

Possibly earn bonus IHG One Rewards Points

IHG is currently running a couple of targeted promotions in which select members of its IHG One Rewards program can earn 2,000 bonus points for every 2 nights consumed or 8,000 bonus points for every 4 nights consumed at IHG properties worldwide (cash stays only).

Check you emails to see if you have been targeted.

Save with Amex & Chase offers

Amex and Chase often run targeted promotions for stays at IHG properties so before you make any bookings, make sure you check all your credit cards to see if any offers are waiting for you.

Big new limited-time offers now live on the IHG One Rewards consumer credit cards.


There’s no trick to earning the cashback or Membership Rewards points on offer (you just click through to the retailers using the links on Rakuten), but there are two things you should keep in mind:

Firstly, before making any purchases, make sure you check what Amex offers are available in your American Express account, and make sure that you load your Amex card with any relevant offers before using that card for your booking.

Secondly, if you don’t have any relevant Amex offers to use, make sure you use a credit card that will reward you well. The card_name (review) will help you earn up to 26 IHG Rewards Points per dollar on IHG bookings or you could choose to use the card_name which will earn you 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on all eligible travel.

Bottom line

For a limited time, Rakuten is offering 10% cash back or 10 Membership Rewards Points per dollar for stays booked with IHG, so if you have plans to make any hotel bookings in the near future, this may make IHG’s properties look a little more attractive.

Link to Rakuten.com

Featured image: InterContinental Dublin courtesy of IHG

A Favorite Card

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Our Favorite Benefits:

  • IHG One Rewards Club Platinum status
  • Enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 3 or more nights
  • Receive a free night at a property worth up to 40,000/night every year
  • Earn up to 26 points/dollar on spending made at IHG properties*
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit or NEXUS credit of up to $100 every four years

With an annual fee of just annual_fees, an impressive list of benefits and strong earnings at IHG properties worldwide, this is a must-have card for any fan of IHG One Rewards.

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*Includes points earned from being a member of IHG One Rewards and for having Platinum status.

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