IHG recently announced its first 2016 promotion, which offers bonus points for completing a variety of goals. Some of these goals can be fulfilled by the same stay — such as one stay at a Holiday Inn and any two-night stay — so it could be pretty easy to meet most of these requirements and earn several thousand points toward a free night.
Every person’s offer is targeted. My own offer is pretty meh, although I imagine there could be worse ones out there.
Several different goals will each earn me 2,000 points, plus I can download the IHG app for an additional 500 points. There are also achievement bonuses of 10,000 points and an additional 15,000 points depending on how many of these offers I complete.
Here’s how the offers break down:
- 500 points: Download and sign-in to the IHG app.
- 2,000 points: Stay a total of three nights at one or more hotels.
- 2,000 points: Book two stays with IHG on the website or with the mobile app.
- 2,000 points: Stay at two different Holiday Inn hotels.
- 2,000 points: Book a weekend stay that includes Saturday and either Friday or Sunday nights.
- 10,000 points: Complete 3 of 5 offers.
- 15,000 points: Complete 5 of 5 offers.
Given the clarification that Holiday Inn Select, Holiday Inn Resorts, and Holiday Inn Club Vacation properties qualify as a Holiday Inn stay — but with no mention of Holiday Inn Express — I’m inclined to believe that the more common budget brand is not eligible.
At a minimum, I could complete all of the goals in this promotion with two stays totaling three nights.
- Download the IHG app and use it or the website to book.
- Book a two-night weekend stay at a Holiday Inn.
- Book a one-night stay at a Holiday Inn.
Because each individual offer only earns a few points, what I’m really aiming for here are the completion bonuses. I could book one three-night weekend stay at any IHG hotel and earn 4,500 points plus a 10,000-point bonus. But if I follow the plan above and meet two additional goals then I receive another 15,000-point bonus.
For three nights, I don’t thin it’s really worth it to mattress run and try to earn a total of 33,500 points. I’d probably end up spending close to $300, and that means it would cost roughly a penny per point. You can buy IHG Rewards points at any time for 0.7 cents each by booking and canceling Cash and Points awards.
However, One Mile at a Time got a very different — and more generous — offer from IHG. Most of his points are tied up in the individual goals, he can earn his achievement bonus by only completing three out of four, and it seems that a single one-night stay at any IHG hotel (but booked using a particular package rate) would qualify. He’s looking at 45,000 points for a one-night stay of less than $90.
Be sure to register and check your offer. If you’re traveling already, see if there’s some way to organize your trip to meet every goal. If you’re not planning to travel, it might be worth a mattress run, depending on the specific objectives.