IHG is back with another great promo. This is a big promotion where you can get 50,000 points for 3 night stays, or 2 free nights from 4 nights. Although the range for what promotion you can get varies greatly.
In short, the promotion (like the other recent IHG promotions) is customized to you. You have tasks to complete and prizes in points or free nights.
This post is kind of a remake of the one I did for the previous Set Your Sights promo (which is long dead). But I’ll explain it in a similar way and go over all the details.
- Register here
- Dates: “1 September 2015 to 31 December 2015 (inclusive)”
Like I said, the reward varies. So you get points for completing small tasks, and if you complete enough small tasks, you get a bigger bonus.
A typical one is that if you complete 4 of the 5 tasks, you get 50,000 points. You can usually complete 4 of the tasks in 3 to 7 nights. Although my account has something like 17 nights for one of the tasks, the good news is that I don’t have to complete all of them.
Best log in and find out.
What’s interesting is that new accounts get a very simple task (which seems smart), which is to complete two stays and get a free night. They can do this twice. Thus, completing four stays would get you a total of 2 free nights which can be used anywhere.
This is a great deal worthy of encouraging any relative on a vacation to sign up for.
Also, remember that a stay can go towards multiple tasks. If you stay at a Holiday Inn for two nights over the weekend… that could count towards a task of staying at a Holiday Inn, a weekend, and for two nights.
I chart out our promotions and try to complete them in as few nights as possible.
Can I book two nights separately to get two stays?
Not two nights in a row with the same account,. As dumb as IHG is, you can not just book two different reservations back to back. The computer will recognize that you just stayed two nights in a row and count it as one stay.
However, if you have a gap in paid stays, that will be two stays.
Also, if you and another person/account have two different reservations, those will indeed be two different stays; one on each account. For example, if I check in one night, and Carrie checks in the next night with her account, it will be two different stays.
Note that in my experience IHG (remember they ain’t too bright) will count both stays on one account and make the other person’s stay non-qualifying. You simply have to fill out a missing points form. Not a big deal, just look out for it.
How does the weekend stay work?
It needs to be a two night stay on the weekend nights. For example, a stay with Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday night. This will only count towards 1 stay no matter how you do it, but it will count as two nights. And it could still count as a specific brand, like the Holiday Inn stay.
If I don’t have to complete all my tasks, which one do I skip?
Well, the obvious answer would be the one that adds the most nights. Although each task has a different bonus. So if the difference in nights isn’t huge, you could choose to keep the task that’s easier, or the one that gives more points. In general, I try to keep earning 5,000 points under $25.
Which rates complete promotions? Does “Cash + Points” count?
Paid rates only, and the “cash + points” does not count. In general, corporate codes should work, but the terms and conditions officially say “most” corporate rates count. Guess you would have to inquire with your company or IHG for more details. But otherwise, paid nights work.
The one exception is that I did get a task that says to redeem points.
Holiday Inn vs Holiday Inn Express
Very plainly, if your goal says “Holiday Inn Express” a regular “Holiday Inn” will not count, and vice versa. Read that part.
However, Holiday Inn Resorts and Vacations do count towards “Holiday Inn” stays… at least that’s what my account says.
Is this promotion a good deal?
Well, it’s customized so everyone’s is different.
But for new accounts, yes, this is a great deal.
If you can complete your tasks in 3 to 5 nights, it’s probably a good deal. But remember, you can go broke saving money. Just because it’s a good deal doesn’t mean you should pay towards it.
But if you’re paying for hotels anyways, getting 50,000 points for completing the 3 to 5 paid nights… is a fantastic deal. Really if you’re paying for hotels anyways, why not get 50,000 points? It could be worth more than the paid nights.