Points are so easy to earn with the IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club) program.
I don’t love IHG Rewards. Their terms and conditions exclude most elite benefits when staying on points (though some hotels will still give you benefits). There is also no option to spend more points or a better than base room on an award night. So at many properties no matter your status or points balance you can be stuck in a base room when claiming your reward for loyalty.
But piling on the points is something you can really do because they run many concurrent promotions, ostensibly targeted but that are often in practice open to everyone and can often be stacked on top of each other.
You don’t always know which promotions will post and which will not with this program, but in advance of a stay at one of their hotels (eg Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza) it’s wise to sign up for as many promotions as possible that you think you might be able to meet the qualifications for.
New Stay Bonus – 4040
Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 4047
Book With Us – 5147
Weekend Stay Bonus – 6796
Anniversary Bonus – 8000
1000 Point Gold Bonus – 8301
5000 Point Platinum Bonus – 8317
Welcome Back Bonus – 8994
New Member Bonus – 9944
2000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 9990
Many of the previous offers disappeared, or were updated, so more are being discovered.
And of course these are on top of your customized ‘Big Win’ promotion offer.
Just go to the promo registration page and enter your account number and the code number of the promotion you want to register for.
Normally I advise signing up for promotions right away, in order to not have to remember to do it when you have a stay or unexpectedly stumble into a stay. In this case I advise otherwise — many of these promotions are time-limited, not by a specific date range but by a number of days from the time you register to earn the bonus. So wait until you’re about to have a stay and then register.