IHG announced their big promotion in September. There was a list of stays that you needed to do to win it all or just complete the sections you wanted and take those points. Since I was going to be traveling anyway, I made sure that I would stay in one of their hotels.
The night before we left for Hawaii, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express at the airport the night before our flight. The Chicago Seminar that I attended in October was held at a Holiday Inn and that took care of 2 brands (needed to stay at 4 brands). Driving home from Northern Michigan, we stayed at a Crowne Plaza, another brand. Finally, when I went to Northern Virginia to visit friends, I made a reservation at a Candlewood for the least expensive rate possible to round out my fourth brand. Although I never actually stayed there, it was well worth making the reservation (and checking in) to get all those points. Altogether I earned about 145,000 points and that will give me about 6 nights of accommodations – well worth it in my mind to spend a little to reap a lot.
So often we use credit cards to get the sign-up bonuses to use for future travel but if you see promotions, sign up for them. You never know when you might need a hotel room and the points I received from this promotion is a lot more than what I would get from a credit card sign-up. If you are taking a trip or expect to be in a hotel room, look at the promotions and see how you can maximize it.
Here’s what I did and you can do it too. The promotion runs through the end of December. Click this link to register and start staying and getting your points