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Register now: Choose how you earn bonus points with IHG One Rewards’ new promotion

Sept. 28, 2022
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Editor’s note: We've updated this post with the latest IHG One Rewards promotions. We also update this post on Sept. 29, 2022, to include confirmation from IHG that reward nights aren't considered qualifying for this promotion.


IHG has made many changes to its program this year, including introducing its new IHG One Rewards program with improved elite perks and milestone rewards. Whether you're striving for a particular milestone reward or elite status tier or simply want to stay at IHG properties, you might have several IHG stays coming up before the end of 2022.

Regardless of why you're staying with IHG, you'll be happy to know that IHG One Rewards just opened registration for a new bonus points promotion. With this promotion, IHG members can earn 2,000 bonus points every two nights or 10,000 bonus points every four nights on paid stays completed between Oct. 13, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.

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You must register for this promotion and choose which earning option you prefer before your first night; here's what you need to know.

Promotion details

When you register for this promotion, you must choose one of the following options for earning bonus points on paid stays completed between Oct. 13, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022:

  • Earn 2,000 bonus points every two nights.
  • Earn 10,000 bonus points every four nights.
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Once you register for one of these earning options, you can't switch your choice. So, take a look at your expected IHG stays between Oct. 13, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022, and choose wisely.

There's no cap on the number of bonus points you can earn through this promotion, but you should allow up to six weeks for the bonus points to post to your account.

You must book a qualifying rate to earn bonus points through this promotion. Additionally, you must stay for at least one night on each stay and your total spending on each stay must be $30 or higher per night. Most rates you’ll see when booking directly with IHG will count, although an IHG spokesperson confirmed to TPG that reward nights are not qualifying as the room cost does not equate to $30 or more.

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How to decide which option to choose

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As noted above, there are two earning options during this promotion. For simplicity, we'll refer to the option to earn 2,000 bonus points every two nights as option A and the option to earn 10,000 bonus points every four nights as option B.

To help you understand how many bonus IHG points you could earn with either option, check out the following list based on the number of qualifying nights you stay between Oct. 13, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022:

  • One night: 0 bonus points with option A and 0 bonus points with option B.
  • Two nights: 2,000 bonus points with option A and 0 bonus points with option B.
  • Three nights: 2,000 bonus points with option A and 0 bonus points with option B.
  • Four nights: 4,000 bonus points with option A and 10,000 bonus points with option B.
  • Five nights: 4,000 bonus points with option A and 10,000 bonus points with option B.
  • Six nights: 6,000 bonus points with option A and 10,000 bonus points with option B.
  • Seven nights: 6,000 bonus points with option A and 10,000 bonus points with option B.
  • Eight nights: 8,000 bonus points with option A and 20,000 bonus points with option B.
  • Nine nights: 8,000 bonus points with option A and 20,000 bonus points with option B.
  • 10 nights: 10,000 bonus points with option A and 20,000 bonus points with option B.
  • 11 nights: 10,000 bonus points with option A and 20,000 bonus points with option B.
  • 12 nights: 12,000 bonus points with option A and 30,000 bonus points with option B.

As you can see, if you plan to stay three or fewer qualifying nights between Oct. 13, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022, you should select the option to earn 2,000 bonus points every two nights. But, if you plan to stay four or more qualifying nights during this promotion, you should select the option to earn 10,000 bonus points every four nights.

Since you can't change the option you choose once you register, you may want to wait until shortly before your first stay on or after Oct. 13, 2022, to register unless you are certain you'll stay with IHG for at least four qualifying nights before the end of 2022.

Related: Why I’m happy to pay the annual fee on the IHG Premier Card

Bottom line

If you select the option to earn 10,000 bonus points every four nights, that comes out to about 2,500 points per night. Based on TPG's valuations, 2,500 IHG points are worth about $12.

Combining this promotion with bonuses from elite status and an IHG credit card is a great way to earn IHG points on paid stays. Typically, IHG members earn 10 base points per dollar spent at most IHG brands. And IHG elite members get bonus points based on their status tier. Specifically, Silver Elite members get a 20% bonus, Gold Elite members get a 40% bonus, Platinum Elite members get a 60% bonus and Diamond Elite members get a 100% bonus.

Additional reporting by Ariana Arghandewal and JT Genter.

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