Last Friday I wrote about how IHG would be announcing the details of their summer promotion this week.
While it took a bit longer than I was expecting, IHG’s summer promotion is now live. The promotion is called “Share Forever,” and it’s valid for stays between May 1 and September 7, 2015.
The promotion is being offered in conjunction with Coca Cola (I get how Coke is all about “sharing,” though I’m not sure I get the tie in for the purposes of the promotion).
The promotion is creative in theory, in that you can earn bonus points for yourself, as well as bonus points you can share with friends or family members. After all, if you’re a road warrior you’re away from home a lot, so it’s nice to reward the people in your life who are impacted by your absence. Here’s a promotional video IHG has about the promotion:
The promotion is customized, meaning there are several versions of the offer out there. This seems to be the norm for IHG promotions nowadays. The earning potential for the “Share Forever” promotion can be anywhere from 68,500 to 115,500 bonus points plus a maximum 58,500 bonus points to share, or keep.
To see which version of the promotion you’re eligible for, go to the IHG Rewards Club “Share Forever” promotion registration page. Simply log into your account with your IHG Rewards Club number and password, and you’ll be presented with your offer.
Upon logging in I was brought to the “dashboard” for my promotion.
I was excited to see text at the top of the page which read as follows:
You’re an instant winner!
Congratulations Benjamin. You’ve won 5,000 points just for registering.
Please allow up to 30 days for your points to be deposited into your account.
I’ll take 5,000 free points — thanks!
My other rewards are as follows:
- Stay 1 night: earn 500 points for you, plus 500 points to share with a friend
- Stay 3 nights: earn 3,000 additional points for you and 1,000 points to share with a friend toward a digital download.
- 4 Nights Above Goal: You and a friend each get 2,000 additional points to use towards magazine subscriptions, merchandise, free nights and more!
- 8 Nights Above Goal: Earn 8,000 additional points for yourself and share the benefits of your Gold Elite Status with a friend. Enjoy Priority Check-In and 10% bonus points with every stay.
- 12 Nights Above Goal: You and a friend each get your choice of 25,000 points or a free night.
- 30 Nights Above Goal: You and a friend each get 30,000 bonus reward points.
That makes my earning potential after 33 nights up to 68,500 points for me and up to 58,500 points to share. And as a reminder, those shared points don’t have to be shared — you can also deposit them into your own account.
You can find the full terms & conditions of the promotion here. Perhaps most noteworthy is that the promotion is limited to residents of Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the fifty (50) United States (and the District of Columbia), Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Furthermore, as usual, only paid stays which are eligible for points accrual are “qualifying” nights for the purposes of this promotion.
With customized promotions like this, the value will vary person to person. I’m thrilled to have received 5,000 points for registering for the promotion, but that may very well be the extent to which I take advantage of this promotion.
While IHG has properties everywhere, I just have a hard time getting excited about the program, given that their elite benefits are underwhelming and I don’t find they have too many aspirational properties. But I know many love IHG Rewards Club, so it’s very much a case of “your mileage may vary.”
What does your version of the “Share Forever” promotion look like, and do you plan on taking advantage of the promotion?