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If you’re considering making an IHG booking, make sure you head over to TopCashback first and click through one of the links that you’ll find there as that should net you a rebate of up to 10% on select (not all!) bookings.
The cash back offer
Get 6% cash back at the following brands:
- Atwell Suites
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations
- Hualuxe Hotels & Resorts
- Regent Hotels & Resorts
- Vignette Collection
Get 10% back on most other IHG bookings (see exclusions below).
Note: I think this may be the first time that I’ve seen Topcashback specifically say what cash back can be earned for bookings with Regent, Voco, Atwell Suites, Hualuxe and Vignette Collection.
Important things to know
- All bookings must be made through IHG’s US website
- Stays at properties in Israel will not earn cash back.
- Kimpton (properties in North and South America), Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Six Senses, and Army Hotels will not earn cashback.
- The following non-commissionable rates will not earn cashback:
- Rooms offered at specialty or pre-negotiated rates (including discounted group rates)
- Rooms rates in which the customer is required to be affiliated with or employed by a particular company or organization in order to receive the rate
- IHG Friends & Family or Employee discount rates
- IHG Rewards Club bookings (including points+cash bookings)
- Any changes made to a reservation after a booking has been made will result in the cashback being declined.
- IHG points purchases will not earn cashback
- Bookings made using a promotional/coupon code not posted and approved by TopCashback will not earn cashback.
Why this is a good deal
Not only will clicking through the TopCashback portal earn you up to 10% cash back on eligible IHG bookings, but you’ll also continue to earn IHG Rewards points and credits towards IHG elite status as well as enjoying any elite status benefits to which you may be entitled.
TopCashback’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.
This card comes with a annual_fees annual fee, a tempting welcome bonus, and it offers an earning rate of up to 26 points/dollar on IHG spending (when you take into account the bonus points earned for having IHG One Rewards Platinum status that the card offers).
An alternative offer
For anyone who prefers earning Amex Membership Rewards points rather than cashback, Rakuten may offer a better option.
Currently, Rakuten is offering 9% cash back on bookings made with most IHG brands and that cash back can be taken in the form of Amex Membership Rewards points (1% cash back = 1 point) which some people will find more valuable.
There’s no trick to earning the cashback on offer (you just click through to the IHG site using the link on TopCashback), but there are a few 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, before making any purchases, make sure you check what offers Chase has targeted you for and make sure that you load your Chase card with any relevant offers before using that card for your booking (at the time of writing, there are at least 2 good Chase offers for select IHG stays – click here for more details).
Thirdly, if you don’t have any relevant Amex or Chase offers that you can use, make sure you use a credit card that will reward you well.
As I’ve already pointed out, the card_name will help earn you up to 26 IHG Rewards Points per dollar on most IHG bookings or you could choose to use the card_name (review) or the card_name which will both earn you 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on all eligible travel spending.
Fourthly, with the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales coming up in a few weeks’ time, it would be a good idea to make sure that any bookings you make are flexible just in case IHG comes up with a better sale than the current one (here) or if TopCashback or Rakuten launch an even better cash back deal in the coming weeks.
Before you book, make sure you read through the terms and conditions carefully to check that you understand what may cause the cashback to be declined.
Also, as always, I suggest taking screenshots of any cashback process you engage in (regardless of the portal you’re using) to make sure you have ample evidence of the amounts due to you should any issues arise with the cashback being posted.
This could be a very easy 10% cashback for anyone looking to book a stay at select IHG brands so with registration for IHG’s end of year promotion now open and with a European sale running, this could be a good time to consider making any bookings that you’ve been considering… just keep them flexible in case a better deal is just around the corner.