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I’m primarily loyal to Hyatt and Starwood, and rarely actually stay at IHG properties. I get IHG Rewards Club Platinum status and an anniversary free night certificate every year through the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which is the primary way in which I engage with the program.
IHG sent me an offer for 6,000 points after my next stay
Last night I got my monthly estatement from IHG Rewards Club (the email had the subject line “Benjamin, Your February IHG Rewards Club eStatement is Ready”). I almost never open these emails, though since I was literally sitting at an IHG hotel when I received it, I figured I should.
Near the top of the email was the following message, presumably for a targeted promotion (so not everyone will be eligible for this):
Stay just once in the next 3 months, and you’ll earn 6,000 additional points. And as an Elite member, the points never expire.
There was a link to register, and while there wasn’t much info about the promotion, based on the URL I surmised that this promotion is for inactive Platinum members, which presumably is a lot of us with the credit card. If you want to try your luck with the offer, go to this page and enter your IHG Rewards Club number and the promotion code, which is 42993.
What’s funny about this promotion
On Wednesday I booked my first paid stay at a Kimpton in years. I was expecting I’d earn a modest number of points, thanks to the IHG Accelerate promotion.
Since this is my first paid IHG stay during the promotion period and I’ll pay with my IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, I expected to earn a total of 3,500 bonus points, in addition to the points I’d usually earn.
Then hours after booking I received an offer for 10,000 bonus points for my next Kimpton stay, which meant I’d earn 13,500 bonus points.
Then last night, just as I arrived at my first paid IHG stay in a long time, I got the offer for a further 6,000 bonus points.
That means I’ll be earning 19,500 bonus points for this one night stay, not including the base points. The funniest part is that 16,000 of those bonus points were offered to me after I booked. I’ll certainly take it.
If you also have the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card (making you reasonably likely to be an “inactive” elite member), check the above link and see if you’re eligible. If you can combine the Kimpton and inactive elite offers, you’re looking at a minimum of 16,000 bonus points for a Kimpton stay, not accounting for the Accelerate bonus or the points you’d usually earn.
That might make it worth staying at a Kimpton even if you otherwise wouldn’t!