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Yesterday, IHG Rewards announced its fall promotion called Into the Nights, and registration is now open. IHG Rewards (formerly known as Priority Club) is the loyalty program of brands such as Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo and more.
To register for the promotion, log into your IHG Rewards account here. As with past IHG promos, bonuses will vary by account, so you have to log in to see what your specific promotional potential is, but the baseline seems to be one of these three bonuses:
- 50,000 bonus IHG Rewards points
- 2 free nights
- 10,000 airline miles
To earn any of them, you must complete a number of tasks that can include anything from staying at an IHG property on a Saturday to taking surveys to downloading the IHG app and using it to book a stay, each of which offers a small bonus of its own. When you complete all the activities on your task list, you’ll get your full bonus.
Here is an example set of offers for an IHG Gold-level elite:
As you can see, in this case, most of the bonus points are earned for actual tasks, while just a 14,000-point bonus is earned upon completing them all, so this member will have to put in the legwork to scoop up all those bonus points – though some of them (like downloading the app and making a reservation, and applying for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card) are pretty simple and earn you decent bonuses.
At the time of writing, there seems to be an issue with the promo page, so if you cannot register now, try again later today or tomorrow.
While two free nights or 50,000 points (enough for an award night in a top-tier IHG property) are decent, I think the value of this promo really depends on the specific offer you get and how many hurdles you have to leap in order to unlock your full bonus.
Some folks have reported only having to book two or three stays in order to earn two free nights, which makes this something like a buy-one-get-one-free scheme. However, the IHG members reporting those terms seem to be mostly top-tier elites including Platinums and Royal Ambassadors, so the lower elites and non-elites out there might find their offers to be much less lucrative.
In general, this promo illustrates a trend in loyalty programs (not just hotels, but airlines and credit cards as well) where individuals receive targeted offers tailored specifically to their account history and behavior. On one hand, that means customers who are actually loyal and who spend time and money with these brands are getting better offers, so loyalty really can pay off.
On the other hand, it means that those who spread their travel love around will receive less lucrative offers, and less incentive to try new brands. Still, as hotel promos go, this one is fairly decent with the chance to earn two free nights with just a few stays.
To help readers get an idea of what offers are out there please share your bonus details in the comments below. (If you see one you like, you could always try calling IHG Rewards customer service and requesting a change to your offer.)
In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the other fall hotel promos currently available.
Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip
From August 1 through October 31, Hilton is offering 2x bonus points for stays on Monday-Thursday nights, and triple points on Friday-Sunday stays. You can find details of the promotion here, and register for it here.
The bonus points are calculated from the base points you would normally earn, so 10x points per $1 at most Hilton brands (excluding Home2Suites, where you earn 5x points per dollar). Double points would end up earning you 20x points per $1, and triple points would be 30x. Bonus points do not count toward elite status.
Note that there is a list of non-participating hotels that include popular properties like the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, the Hilton Waikiki Beach, and the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Hyatt Points
In August, Hyatt launched a targeted promotion running September 1 through November 30, where select Gold Passport members can earn up to 50,000 bonus points for eligible nights stayed at all Hyatt properties worldwide.
The bonus is tiered based on how many nights you stay:
Nights booked at Hyatt-partner M life resort properties are ineligible for this promotion.
To participate, you must receive this offer from Hyatt and register via this link by November 30, 2014. From September 1 through November 30, 2014, you can earn a maximum of 50,000 bonus points, regardless of the number of nights completed during the offer period.
From September 15, 2014 through January 15, 2015, Marriott Rewards members can earn up to 25,000 bonus points through Marriott’s fall Megabonus promotion.
Register here by November 15, and earn double points for every paid stay at participating hotels starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points. To earn the bonus points, you must opt to earn points for your stays (instead of miles with one of Marriott’s airline partners). Only one room per hotel will be counted toward a member’s nights or stays. Find the rest of the terms and conditions here.
Starwood “Tap Into Luxury”
Starwood Preferred Guest launched a new online promo last week called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play a game to win prizes like free night stays, Starpoints, iTunes gift cards and Ticketmaster cash codes. One grand prize winner will get 250,000 Starpoints. The promo is going on through September 30, 2014.
To play the game, enter your SPG number and email address, select the kind of vacation you’re looking for from a list, and then “spin” the globe to learn about one of SPG’s properties. You get two spins per day and one entry into the grand prize drawing every time you play. The other smaller prizes you spin to win include:
- Free Night Award: 195 awards available for any SPG-participating Category 5 hotel or resort.
- Starpoints®Award: 390 awards available in denominations of 500 Starpoints, 1,000 Starpoints, and 5,000 Starpoints.
- iTunes $50.00 Gift Card: 156 awards available. Gift Card will be fulfilled by mail within four weeks from Game Period end date. Prize only available to U.S. residents with a mailing address in the U.S.
- $50.00 Ticketmaster Cash Code: 975 awards available. Cash Code will be fulfilled via immediate confirmation email upon winning. Prize only available to U.S. residents.
This is a fun little game, but hopefully Starwood will be announcing a fall promo shortly with the opportunity to earn bonus points or stays based on upcoming travel, so stay tuned!
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