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Register For IHG’s Fourth Quarter Promotion – Up To 3X Points & More


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So far, we’ve seen Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy, and Radisson Rewards all unveil promotions that will cover most of what remains of this year, and now it’s the turn of IHG Rewards to try to tempt those of us who are able and happy to travel to choose its properties over those of its competitors. IHG’s 4th quarter promotion is now open for registration and, essentially, it’s the same promotion that IHG ran in the summer.

The Promotion

For Everyone:

  • Stay between 1 October and 31 December 2021
  • Earn no bonus points on your first stay during the promotion period
  • Earn double base points on your second stay
  • Earn triple base points on your third stay and all stays thereafter until the bonus points cap has been reached.
  • A maximum of 70,000 bonus points can be earned from this promotion.

For Holders of Chase co-branded IHG Rewards credit cards:

  • Earn 3,000 bonus points on your second stay during the promotion period
  • Earn a further 3,000 bonus points on your third stay during the promotion period

Note: Holders of Chase co-branded IHG Rewards credit cards can earn a maximum of 76,000 bonus points from this promotion.

Link to the promotion page

Key Terms

  • You must be an IHG Rewards member (join here) and must register your member number in advance of staying (here), to participate in the “3X” promotion.
  • Members can pre-register for this Promotion starting 15 September 2021 through 30 September 2021.
  • Members will be able to register, stay, and earn for this Promotion beginning 1 October 2021 and ending on 31 December 2021.
  • Upon registration, members will be presented with the opportunity to earn 2X points upon completion of their second qualifying stay, and then 3X points completion of their third qualifying stay and all subsequent qualifying stays, during the Promotion Period when paying a Qualifying Rate (as such rates are defined in the IHG Rewards terms and conditions).
  • For the Promotion, earning “2X” or “2X points” or “double points” on a 2nd qualifying stay means the member will receive two (2) times the “base points” the member would normally receive just for being an IHG Rewards Club member.
  • For the Promotion, earning “3X” or “3X points” or “triple points” on a 3+ qualifying stay means the member will receive three (3) times the base points on their 3rd qualifying stay, and all subsequent qualifying stays.

  • The promotional bonus points under this Promotion are calculated based solely on the base points the member is eligible to earn for a qualifying stay just for being an IHG® Rewards Club member, and any Elite status bonus points or any other bonus or promotional points the member may be eligible to receive for the same stay are not included.
  • You must register, book, and stay on or before 31 December 2021 to earn points during the Promotion Period.
  • Members will only receive points for stays occurring within the Promotion Period. A stay can begin before the Promotion Period or end after the Promotion Period but will only receive the Promotion bonus points for dates within the Promotion Period.
  • Nights that occurred before or after the Promotion Period are excluded.
  • Qualifying Stays are a minimum 1-night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with total spend exceeding US $30 for each night. Note that multiple checkouts for consecutive qualifying nights at the same hotel will count as one (1) qualifying stay; non-consecutive qualifying nights at the same hotel may count as separate qualifying stays.
  • The Promotional Period includes 92 nights and the maximum number of promotional bonus points that can be earned is 70,000 over the entire Promotional Period.
  • No retroactive points will be awarded for nights prior to member’s registration in the Promotion.
  • For cardmembers in the United States using an IHG Rewards Club Credit Card from Chase, an additional 3,000 bonus points will be awarded on your second Qualifying stay and an additional 3,000 bonus points will be awarded on your third Qualifying stay during the Promotion Period at any IHG Hotel and Resort worldwide, with some exclusions.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the promotion page

Credit Cards That Will Earn Bonus Points From This Promotion

Note: Only US-issued IHG Rewards Club credit cards will earn bonus points in this promotion.

Thoughts

I’m far from being a fan of IHG Rewards (as I made very clear earlier this year) and the fact that the program has chosen to exclude a member’s first stay from this promotion hasn’t done much to improve my view of those who run the program. However, that aside, this isn’t a bad promotion (even though it’s not as good as the promotion that was offered over the summer).

Most IHG properties offer guests 10 base points per dollar spent so guests making their second stay during the promotion period will earn 10 bonus points/dollar while guests making a third stay (and all stays after that until the points cap is reached) will earn 20 bonus points per dollar.

As I value IHG Rewards Points at 0.4 cents each this means that the promotion is effectively offering guests a bonus rebate of 4% on their second stay and a bonus rebate of 8% on all subsequent stays (until the points cap is reached).

Holders of a qualifying IHG Rewards Club credit card who will earn an added bonus of 3,000 points on their second and third stays will, effectively, be getting a bonus rebate of $15 on each of those stays.

To give you an idea of how worthwhile this promotion can be (for some), here’s what someone holding the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review) could earn on IHG stays between 1 October and 31 December 2021:

Stay 1:

  • 10 base points/dollar
  • 5 bonus points/dollar for holding Platinum Elite status (courtesy of the credit card)
  • 10 points/dollar for using the credit card to pay for their stay

Total: 25 points/dollar or an effective rebate of 10%

Stay 2:

  • 10 base points/dollar
  • 10 bonus points/dollar (from the promotion)
  • 3,000 bonus points (from the promotion)
  • 5 bonus points/dollar for holding Platinum Elite status (courtesy of the credit card)
  • 10 points/dollar for using the credit card to pay for their stay

Stay 3+:

  • 10 base points/dollar
  • 20 bonus points/dollar (from the promotion)
  • 3,000 bonus points (from the promotion)
  • 5 bonus points/dollar for holding Platinum Elite status (courtesy of the credit card)
  • 10 points/dollar for using the credit card to pay for their stay

Total: 45 points/dollar or an effective rebate of 18% + $15

Effective rebates of between 14% and 18% aren’t bad at all (Spire elites would earn more) but keep in mind that the number of bonus points that can be earned is capped at 70,000 (76,000 if you hold a Chase IHG Rewards credit card).

All in all and even though this is a pretty good promotion by IHG Rewards standards, there’s nothing here to change my mind about how I think most people should view IHG Rewards, but I can still appreciate that it’s a promotion that is likely to please quite a lot of the bigger IHG fans.

Bottom Line

The latest IHG Rewards promotion is now accepting registrations and is offering all guests up to 3x points on nights consumed between 1 October and 31 December 2021 and US IHG Rewards credit card holders the chance to earn a further 6,000 bonus points.

I have to admit that this is the second promotion in a row that IHG has offered that isn’t a total bust and I have to admit that this is a more lucrative promotion than the one Marriott has recently published so things are getting a little better if you’re a fan of IHG properties.

Despite this, however, I’m still happy to continue focusing on the World of Hyatt as I find it to be a considerably better loyalty program than IHG Rewards in most regards (it will be interesting to see what Hyatt’s 4Q promo will look like) but I’ll still be registering for this IHG promotion just in case my plans suddenly change.

What do you think of the latest IHG Rewards promotion?

A Favorite Card

The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 points (after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months). With the annual fee of $89 waived in the first year and with an impressive list of benefits and strong earnings at IHG properties worldwide, this is a must-have card for any serious IHG Rewards fan.

Our Favorite Benefits:

  • IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite status
  • Get every 4th night free when you make a points booking of 4 or more nights
  • Receive a free night at a property worth up to 40,000/night every year
  • Earn 25 points/dollar on spending at IHG properties*
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit of up to $100 every four years

Click for more details on the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

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

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