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IHG Rewards Club has moved to ‘gamified’ promotions with different pieces meant to incentivize behavior among members — with the specifics driven by data about your activity so far, like whether you’re a co-brand credit card holder or an elite.
For instance they’ve had:
- The Big Win (which they ran twice)
- Into the Nights
- Set Your Sights
- Accelerate and then Accelerate
- Share Forever
They’re back with… Accelerate, you can find your offer here. You’ll have an opportunity to earn a minimum of 30,000 points between September 6 and December 15.
I was getting errors trying to register (IHG Rewards Club IT is the best…) but Frequent Flyer Bonuses pointed out that you can keep trying to register and eventually it goes through.
The nice thing about these offers is that they don’t all require stays (for instance, 500 points for downloading their app) and that they can be stackable. For instance here’s one low-earning example:
- 3 nights for 2000 bonus points
- Stay twice at the member-exclusive rate for 2000 points (the 2% or so discount for booking on their website compared to the rate you’d see through an online travel agency)
- Stay at 2 different Holiday Inns for 2000 points
- Stay over a weekend for 2000 points
You could make a two night Holiday Inn weekend stay at the Member Exclusive rate, and a second one night stay at a different Holiday Inn at the Member Exclusive rate and earn all four of these bonuses plus the bonus for downloading the app. That’s 5 completed activities.
And then there are bonuses based on the number of activities you complete, such as 10,000 points for completing 3 activities and 15,000 more for completing five activities.
In this example two stays would complete all five challenges and earn a total of 33,500 bonus points.
I’ve also seen 36,000, 45,000 and 60,600 bonus point offers and there are no doubt others. Are you able to register? What did you get?
Of course these are pairable with the signup bonus on the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card which lets you earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.
The card — which has a $0 annual fee the first year, then $49 — also gives you a complimentary night each year at any of their participating hotels, comes with automatic platinum elite status, and a 10% rebate on your redemptions.