Great Deal: Earn 10 American Miles Per Dollar Spent With IHG (In Addition To Usual Points)

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spend. The number of bonus miles you earn per dollar spent varies greatly by retailer.

While these portals are great for everyday purchases, there are also sometimes bonuses for making purchases with travel providers, which can be a great way to double dip. For example, at the moment the AAdvantage eShopping Portal is offering 10 miles per dollar spent with IHG hotels. Ordinarily they offer three miles per dollar spent, so this bonus is more than three times as good as usual.

This should be valid at all hotels globally, and the terms associated with earning miles through this method are as follows:

Please note these terms & conditions: Not eligible until reservations have been fulfilled. Specialty rates such as corporate, negotiated rates, and IHG Friends & Family are not eligible for Cash Back. Rooms booked and paid for by IHG reward Club Points are not eligible. Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site. Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.

What’s so great here is that the AAdvantage eShopping Portal simply directs you to IHG’s website, meaning you can still earn your IHG points and elite nights as usual. That’s huge. I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me this is like an additional ~13% return on IHG stays.

This is very different than booking through something like Rocketmiles, where you can earn miles for hotel stays, though that’s in lieu of earning hotel points. Here you get the best of both worlds, since you earn 10 American miles per dollar spent plus whatever IHG points you’d usually earn. You could stack this with IHG’s current Accelerate offer, as well as their promotion for up to 30,000 bonus points for summer stays.

I’m not sure how long the increased bonus will last, so I’d recommend booking ASAP. Only hotel stays booked through this link qualify, so if you can rebook a stay at the same cost then I’d highly recommend doing so.

(Tip of the hat to The Short Final)

Comments

  1. A word of caution. Actually getting these miles credited to your account can be extremely tedious and frustrating. My experience with trying to earn miles via the AAdvantage shopping portal is you need to “stay and chase”. Unlike regular shopping purchases, the feedback loops between the hotels and the shopping portal are, at best, “sloppy”. That’s important because you won’t get the miles until the hotel actually advises the shopping portal that you completed the stay, and then the shopping portal matches that to your account. I’m still chasing a previous 10x offer for my stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Santiago back in November. So if you want to take advantage of this offer, be prepared to that you will likely need to be diligent in making sure you get the miles – and that can be frustrating.

  2. @Lucky and @KahunnaTravel.
    I agree with the above. I had to chase up several of my Booking.com promised miles. However, there is an important thing to remember, and that is: when they finally post your miles, it gets posted as the day when you made the bookings, not when you stayed. With Booking.com through AAdvantageshopping booking, I could not see my miles on the shopping portal at all (you can only look back 90 days), and was arguing with the shopping portal agents saying that they never posted it. They told me it posted with a date of my original reservation, which was 330 days before the hotel stay. When I looked at my AA account, I was surprised to see the “missing” miles there. So it is a good idea to remember the date of your booking, and check the airline account statements for that very day to see whether the miles are there or not.

  3. @Lucky – don’t forget this should stack with the 3X/4X promo. That’s a lofty 18 miles/dollar for Crowne Plaza bookings.

  4. Thanks – had a trip I needed to book at an IHG property in November and the price dropped from the last time I checked so this works great. I’ve had problems only once getting miles posted – with a high end designer store – and AA Shopping was great to work with – the vendor was a bit of a pain but got credit within a month.

    As others have noted, the bonus miles are “back dated”

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