Register now for IHG’s new promotion with up to 3x earnings and extra points for cardholders

May 5, 2021

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest IHG promotion. Note that registration opened on May 5, 2021 but the stay period begins on May 15, 2021.


IHG Rewards just launched a new promotion that may encourage me to stay with IHG hotels a few times this summer. In particular, this promotion offers bonus points for qualifying IHG stays from May 15, 2021, to Aug. 16, 2021. And U.S. members who have a Chase IHG Rewards credit card, such as the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card or IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card, can get an extra 3,000 bonus points on their second and third qualifying stays during this promotion.

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You must register for this promotion before your first stay. IHG opened registration for this promotion on May 5, 2021.

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Promotion details

Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman
Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman (Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)

The promotion is pretty straightforward. Once you register, you’ll earn as follows when you stay between May 15, 2021 and Aug. 16, 2021:

  • No bonus points on your first stay
  • 2x bonus points on your second stay
  • 3x bonus points on subsequent stays
  • U.S. Chase IHG cardmembers will also earn 3,000 bonus points on their second stay and 3,000 bonus points on their third stay when using their IHG Rewards credit card to book and stay

Of course, you must pay a qualifying rate to earn bonus points through this promotion. But, most rates you’ll see when booking directly with IHG will count. You must stay for at least one night on each stay and your total spend on each stay must be $30 or higher for each night.

IHG Rewards members without a U.S. IHG Rewards card can earn no more than 100,000 bonus points during this promotion, while IHG Rewards members who use a U.S. Chase IHG card for their second and third stays can earn no more than 106,000 bonus points during the promotion.

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

Here’s how the IHG Rewards member terms and conditions define qualifying rates:

Qualifying Rates include most business and leisure rates, such as Advanced Purchase rates, Best Flexible rates, Global sales negotiated rates (including but not limited to Corporate Gold rates), national/regional/local government rates, and specified leisure rates as confirmed by SCH’s reservation systems. In Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) hotels and resorts, Qualifying Rates include all locally negotiated rates. In all other parts of the world, Qualifying Rates include locally negotiated rates only if those rates are discounted less than 30%.

Related: Why I’ve depleted my IHG account to make these 8 redemptions

Maximizing this promotion

Combining this promotion with bonuses from elite status and an IHG credit card can net you a lot of IHG points. Typically, IHG members earn 10x points at most IHG brands. And, IHG Rewards elite members get bonus points based on their elite status tier. In particular, Gold elites get a 10% bonus, Platinum elites get a 50% bonus and Spire elites get a 100% bonus.

However, note that this promotion only awards bonus points for the base points earned with each qualifying stay. As such, you won’t earn 2x or 3x points on any elite bonuses. This can be a bit confusing, so take a look at the following table to see earning rates on your first, second and third stay during this promotion.

Elite status level Points earned per dollar spent Elite bonus per dollar spent Earnings per dollar spent Rate of return per dollar spent based on TPG’s
valuations
Club First stay: 10

Second stay: 20

Subsequent stays: 30

0 First stay: 10

Second stay: 20

Subsequent stays: 30

First stay: $0.05

Second stay: $0.10

Subsequent stays: $0.15

Gold elite First stay: 10

Second stay: 20

Subsequent stays: 30

1 First stay: 11

Second stay: 21

Subsequent stays: 31

First stay: $0.055

Second stay: $0.105

Subsequent stays: $0.155

Platinum elite First stay: 10

Second stay: 20

Subsequent stays: 30

5 First stay: 15

Second stay: 25

Subsequent stays: 35

First stay: $0.075

Second stay: $0.125

Subsequent stays: $0.175

Spire elite First stay: 10

Second stay: 20

Subsequent stays: 30

10 First stay: 20

Second stay: 30

Subsequent stays: 40

First stay: $0.10

Second stay: $0.15

Subsequent stays: $0.20

Of course, the above table doesn’t include earnings you’d get from using your credit card to pay for your stay. And, it doesn’t include the 3,000-point bonus for U.S. Chase IHG cardholders when they use their cards to book and pay for their second and third qualifying stays during this promotion. Finally, it doesn’t include any bonus earnings you’d earn by clicking through an online shopping portal before booking. So, your actual return per dollar spent should be even higher than the table above indicates.

Related: 13 ways to stock up on IHG Rewards points

Other current IHG promotions

Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman, Montana
Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman, Montana (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

In addition to this promotion, IHG is also offering several other promotions that can help you save and earn free nights. First, the Stay Longer and Save promotion lets IHG members save up to 20% on stays of three nights or more at participating properties.

And second, the InterContinental Ambassador program is offering a free night worth up to 40,000 points. All you have to do is join or renew your Ambassador membership between April 15, 2021, and July 31, 2021, and stay at an InterContinental, Kimpton or Regent hotel by Aug. 31, 2021. Even after the recent devaluation, you can still book many excellent hotels for 40,000 points per night or less.

Related: 18 promotions that will make your next hotel stay more rewarding

Bottom line

This promotion isn’t groundbreaking. But, it’s certainly worth considering whether this promotion fits into your summer travel plans. Especially since the promotion is active until Aug. 16, 2021, and I have the IHG Premier Card, it will encourage me to consider staying at IHG hotels for three separate stays this summer.

In short, this promotion is most valuable if you have a U.S. Chase IHG Rewards card, plan to stay with IHG Rewards at least twice during the promotion period and don’t mind using your IHG Rewards card to pay for your second and third stays.

Additional reporting by Ariana Arghandewal and JT Genter.

Featured image of the Kimpton Armory Hotel by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.


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IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Enjoy a Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide. Plus, enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn up to 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn®
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