Whether I have any intention of staying at a specific hotel brand or not, I always sign up for their promotion. As much as I think that I know my travel plans, or lack of them sometimes, there have been instances where last minute travel opportunities arise and I wished that I had signed up for a certain promotion.
I am working on the Accelerate promotion that IHG is sponsoring until the end of the year. To participate you must first be an IHG Rewards Club member. You can sign up here. Once you sign up you can then go to the Rewards Club tab and find your offers. You do have to specifically sign up for these promotions – it is not automatically done for you.
Some of you may not know what IHG Club or brand is. IHG is the loyalty club for Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn and all their various sub-brands (Express, Suites, Resorts), Crowne Plaza, EVEN, Staybridge, Candlewood, Hotel Indigo.
Every person who registers for this promotion has different objectives to meet in order to complete all the offers that have been given to them. I have six offers presented to me and in order to receive the 50,000 IHG points, I must complete five of the six. Remember, that your offers and mine will probably be difficult – yours could be easier or more difficult. You do not have to complete all your objectives to receive points. It is like stair steps in the sense that each step you take will give you extra points. One of my offers was to have a one night stay and I would earn and extra 5000 points on top of the points that I earned just from staying at a Holiday Inn.
When I did this promotion a couple of years ago there were more points to earn and I wanted to earn them for an upcoming trip we had planned. I would look for the least expensive hotel rates near Holiday Inns where I lived and book them. In one weekend I had booked a Friday night and a Saturday night stay near Washington Dulles Airport where I lived since their rates went down over the weekend when business travelers were not staying there. I went to the hotels, checked in and never stayed there. You might be thinking that is a waste of money to pay for a hotel and not stay there but for all those points I earned, we were able to parlay that into a 3 night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague this year. Since I also have the IHG credit card, I was automatically given top status and when we checked in, I was upgraded to an Executive Suite. Basically, the $54 dollars that I spent in the hotel that I did not stay in gave me this luxury hotel in Prague at no charge at all! I have taught Blogger Hubby that spending a little money will reap its rewards later. He’s become a believer.
This is where I am though I do have three more nights that have not posted. I have just fulfilled a weekend stay (while attending my Chicago Seminars) and I charged it on my IHG credit card which means those two offers have been fulfilled. To date I have earned an extra 10,500 points on top of those that I earned from staying at the hotel.
I hope you consider participating in a hotel promotion particularly if you travel or want to travel. With these points my plan is to stay at the Intercontinental in Paris next year – I hear that it is nice there.