IHG’s latest promotion is called “Share Forever” and run in conjunction with Coca-Cola. You must register before the promotion ends on September 5.
Aside from the common use of “share” in their advertising and a picture of a bottle, it doesn’t seem that Coke really has anything to do with earning points. Most useless brand partnership ever? Maybe it has something to do with agreeing to receive promotional emails when you register. That’s a big red flag. Also, Coca-Cola doesn’t believe in sharing with Canadians! There’s some all-caps language in the T&Cs about it being illegal to share with Canadians unless they’re family.
Anyway, my offer is to complete 34 nights at IHG properties between May 1 and September 5 and earn a minimum of 65,000 bonus points. Importantly, not everyone will receive the same offer. Mine seems more restrictive than others, so it’s probably a baseline. Others have been targeted with offers for slightly more points and for completing fewer nights.
In addition, there’s a chance to earn a free night and 1,000 more points that can be shared with someone else. I usually view my family’s accounts as one big pool. If my wife is traveling with me, it’s not too difficult to “share” my free night with her and then take advantage of it anyway.
Here’s how the points break down, in case you can’t read the screenshot below.
Points to Keep
- 4,000 points for completing the first night by May 31, or 1,000 points if it happens between June 1 and September 5.
- 1,200 points for a cumulative total of 2 nights.
- 2,800 points for a cumulative total of 4 nights.
- 20,000 points for a cumulative total of 9 nights.
- 40,000 points for a cumulative total of 34 nights.
Points to Share
- 1,000 points for completing 1 night by September 5.
- 1 free night for completing 15 nights by September 5.
Personally, I don’t find this offer very attractive if it means staying 34 nights — even though I have five months to accomplish that. I might be tempted to stay nine nights and get 20,000 points. Staying 15 nights for a free stay, potentially at a property that normally costs 50,000 points, is also attractive. But 34 nights? No thanks. Hopefully you got something better.