Points are so easy to earn with the IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club) program.
I don’t love Priority Club. 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.
RideOn on Milepoint summarizes many of the current promotions available.
1012 ELITE MEMBER NEXT STAY BONUS
1023 WELCOME BACK BONUS
1027 NEW MEMBER BONUS
1037 ELITE MEMBER NEXT STAY BONUS
1038 HP Gold Upgrade
1041 2,000 BONUS POINTS FOR 60 DAYS
1332 The Big Win
1881 AMBASSADOR ACCELERATOR BONUS
2169 HCV Fall Rental Giveback
2369 Aeroplan Fall Fun
2619 Book Direct 2013
2656 WELCOME BACK BONUS
2670 1000 POINT GOLD BONUS
2785 ELITE MEMBER NEXT STAY BONUS
2954 BUSINESS TRANSIENT OFFER
3241 HI Resort – Shop, Dine, Entertain
3825 ELITE MEMBER NEXT STAY BONUS
4041 NEXT STAY BONUS
4648 NEW MEMBER BONUS
4644 ANNIVERSARY BONUS OFFER
4709 1,000 BONUS POINTS FOR 60 DAYS
4777 5000 POINT PLATINUM BONUS
7637 WEEKEND STAY BONUS
7641 NEXT STAY BONUS
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.