IHG One Rewards calls their fall promotion ‘pick your points payoff’ for the alliteration but I think of it more as ‘choose your own adventure’. You actually choose which of two promotions to register for, and you can only have one or the other.
Paid stays October 13 – December 31, 2022 earn either:
- 2,000 bonus points every two nights, or
- 10,000 bonus points every four nights
Those of you who will stay more nights in IHG hotels will clearly benefit from the second offer. Since I’m likely to do just 3 nights with the chain during this period, I’ll take the first one since 2000 points is better than 0 points. Anyone who will stay more with the chain than I will should take the second offer.
I value IHG points at $0.005 apiece. Earning an average of 2,500 points per night (assuming your total stays during the offer period is divisible by four, to not leave any nights unrewarded by this bonus) means an extra $12.50 back each time.
Sadly award redemptions don’t count for this promotion (there’s a minimum $30 rate necessary to qualify). I wouldn’t call this a generous offer, but there’s a choice element that’s engaging and more points are better then fewer points. Besides, none of the big hotel chains are being especially rewarding with hotels far more full than in recent times, so IHG doesn’t have to do more to stay competitive. At least their new elite program makes IHG more rewarding for stays.