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

Sep 15, 2021

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest IHG Rewards promotion.

IHG Rewards just launched a new promotion that may encourage me to stay with IHG hotels a few times in late 2021. In particular, this promotion offers bonus points starting with your second IHG stay within the Oct. 1-Dec. 31 date range.

Plus, U.S. members who have a Chase IHG Rewards credit card, such as the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, can earn additional bonus points on their second and third qualifying stays during this promotion.

You must register for this promotion before your first stay. IHG Rewards opened registration for this promotion on Sept. 15, but the stay period begins on Oct. 1.

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Promotion details

Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman
The Kimpton Seafire Resort in 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 Oct. 1 and Dec. 31:

  • 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.

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 spending on each stay must be $30 or higher for each night.

Related: Booking direct: How much value does IHG status provide?

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%.

The promotion’s terms attempt to prevent gaming by stating that “multiple checkouts for consecutive qualifying nights at the same hotel will count as one (1) qualifying stay; non-consecutive qualifying nights at the same hotel may count as separate qualifying stays.” So, don’t try to maximize this promotion by splitting a stay into multiple consecutive bookings.

Finally, IHG Rewards members without a U.S. IHG Rewards card can earn no more than 70,000 bonus points during this promotion. IHG Rewards members who do use a U.S. Chase IHG card for their stays can earn no more than 76,000 bonus points during the promotion.

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

Understanding how you’ll earn with this promotion

InterContinental Phu Quoc
The InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort in Vietnam. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Combining this promotion with bonuses from elite status and an IHG Rewards credit card is a great way to earn a lot of IHG Rewards points.

Typically, IHG members earn 10x points at most IHG brands. And IHG Rewards elite members get bonus points based on their status tier: Gold elites get a 10% bonus, Platinum elites get a 50% bonus and Spire elites get a 100% bonus.

However, 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 Base 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 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 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 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 consider 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 get 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: From Ibiza to the Seychelles: IHG adds three more Six Senses resorts to IHG Rewards

Other current IHG Rewards promotions

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

IHG Rewards also offers 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, you’ll earn 4x points when you register and then stay at an Avid hotel between Aug. 2 and Nov. 30. I stayed at the first Avid hotel shortly after it opened and found the brand offered a well-designed, functional stay at a low price point.

Related: 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 any travel plans you have for the rest of 2021. 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 stays.

Additional reporting by Ariana Arghandewal and JT Genter.

Featured photo of the Kimpton Goodland Hotel by Juan Ruiz/The Points Guy.

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  • 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
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