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Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) – whose loyalty program is still known Priority Club for a short while longer – has just announced a number of seasonal incentives to encourage travelers to make a last-minute trip or pre-plan for the rest of summer season.
The offers are available at their 4,600 hotels worldwide, which include IntercontinentalHotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resorts, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.
Unlimited Double Priority Club Points: Beginning on June 1 through July 13, 2013, IHG will award its Priority Club Rewards members with double Priority Club points or double miles for stays. Members can register online here from May 30 and will begin earning their double miles or points beginning on their second stay. Ordinarily members earn 10 Priority Club points per $1 (5 at Staybridge and Candlewood) or 2 airline miles per $1 (1 at Staybridge and Candlewood) at hotels in the US, Canada, Mexico, Latin America or the Caribbean, so this brings your earning up to 20 points or 4 miles per $1. You must register in advance.
Earn $50 Vacation Pay: US and Canadian residents can earn a $50 Prepaid MasterCard card when they register and complete a two-night-minimum weekend stay (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) on a qualifying room rate (paid) at IHG hotels anywhere in the world from May 31 – September 1, 2013, as long as they pay for their stay with a Mastercard. Each traveler can earn a maximum of $200 in gift cards. To register, visit the promo page. After you complete your eligible stay(s), you then mail in your completed rebate form, registration confirmation page and hotel bill showing your qualifying stay to the address on the promo page and your gift card should show up in 6-8 weeks. All the brands are participating, so especially if you have some cheap weekend stays coming up at lower-tier properties, this could be a great way to get a good return on your spend.
Discover Latin America and Caribbean 25% Off: All guests staying from June 1 – September 15, 2013, at participating IHG hotels in Central America, South America and the Caribbean for a minimum of four nights will receive a 25 % discount, buffet breakfast for two adults and two children (if staying in the same room) and a little extra time in the sun thanks to a 4 pm late check-out (based on availability), by booking here by August 31.
“Our Biggest Treasure” Scratch Card Promotion: From June 15 – August 31, 2013, guests staying at any IHG hotel in Mexico will earn receive a scratch-off card for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the U.S., South America or Mexico. After booking here, they will receive a scratch card with the chance of winning one of 160 prizes including trips to Santiago, Buenos Aires and other points south. Not something that would convince me to stay, but if you will be anyway, you might as well get a card!
In addition to the individual offers, qualified hotel stays booked under each of the four promotions are also eligible for Priority Club points on top of the bonuses above, and elite members will receive free Internet access during their stays beginning in July.
IHG announced earlier this year that they were renaming the loyalty program Priority Club Rewards to IHG Rewards Club from July, and offering a number of new benefits including free Internet, reward nights and rollover extra nights into the following year. Although none of these promos on its own is that breathtaking, there’s nothing in the terms and conditions limiting you to choosing one or the other, so you might as well register for them all and stack where possible to double or triple your awards – like using the Latin America/Caribbean promo to get a room discount (or a few), earn double points or miles, and stay over a weekend to qualify for a $50 gift card. While stacking can be annoying to keep track of, its what makes Priority Club/ IHG Rewards very lucrative. While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.