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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
One of the foundational elements of the points and miles hobby is that you should maximize every online purchases by going through a shopping portal. This doesn’t just apply when buying items online; you also can score bonus points, miles or cash back on travel purchases by using shopping portals.
And today a new offer popped up that makes it especially valuable to book through a portal. Instead of the standard 3x AAdvantage miles you’d normally get from Holiday Inn Express reservations through AA’s eShopping portal, you’ll get more than three times the standard rate: 10x miles per dollar spent.
There aren’t many terms and conditions for this offer, but they’re important to keep in mind:
Not eligible until reservations have been fulfilled. Specialty rates such as corporate, negotiated rates, and IHG Friends & Family are not eligible for Cash Back. Rooms booked and paid for by IHG reward Club Points are not eligible. Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site.
It’s unclear if you can book stays at other IHG hotel brands — such as InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn — to earn the 10x miles on the reservation. The offers for each of these brands is currently just 5x AAdvantage miles:
- IHG: 5x miles
- Candlewood Suites: 5x miles
- Crowne Plaza: 5x miles
- Holiday Inn: 5x miles
- Hotel Indigo: 5x miles
- InterContinental Hotels & Resorts: 5x miles
- Staybridge Suites: 5x miles
However, you’re able to book other IHG hotel brands through the Holiday Inn Express site, so it’s worth trying to earn 10x by going through the Holiday Inn Express shopping portal.
At current TPG valuations, AAdvantage miles are valued at 1.4 cents each. At a 10x rate, you’re getting around a 14% return on your spending. Even better, this is in addition to the IHG Rewards points that you’d earn otherwise from the stay. Since you’re booking directly with IHG — instead of an Online Travel Agency (OTA) — you’ll earn stay credits and get valuable elite benefits.
While AAdvantage is currently the most valuable option, there are other decent shopping portal bonus payouts for IHG purchases:
If you’re just looking to maximize your cash back, you can also currently get 10% cash back from Mr. Rebates. Note: while this landing page references InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, clicking the “shop now” link takes you to the general IHG landing page:
Or 10% cashback through Top Cashback — where each individual brand is listed at 10%:
None of these portal bonuses have a stated end date, meaning that these offers can change at anytime. So, if you’re looking to book (or re-book) an IHG stay at these elevated rates, don’t delay.
When you do, make sure that you’re putting the purchase on the right credit card to further maximize your earnings. That means checking your American Express cards for Amex Offers and Chase cards for Chase Offers. If you don’t have any offers, use a card that maximizes your spending at IHG hotels:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel, 6% return)
- Citi Prestige Card (3x on hotels, 5.1%)
- Citi Premier Card (3x on travel, 5.1%)
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (10x points on IHG stays, 5%)
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel, 4%)
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