Tuesday, 13 August 2013


As an occasional traveller, I find intercontinental hotel groups (a collection of hotels ranging from Holiday Inn express thru Crowne Plaza up to Intercontinental Hotels), provide by far the best "bang for buck". Although lately, easy points accrual opportunities have diminished somewhat, I still find it the best chain for most easily being able to gather up points for an odd night here or there. Add in its generous Best Rate Guarantee, which can get you a free night, and its ambassador program, that gets you guaranteed upgrades and perks at its top end properties, and you have the makings of a great program.

I am an ambassador member. Its no big deal, anyone can be one, for a charge of $200. As I said, this gets you upgrades and some benefits such as guaranteed late check outs.

My ambassador email address received a targeted email yesterday as follows:-

"As a token of our appreciation, we'd like to extend a very special offer to our Ambassador IHG® Rewards Club members. Purchase IHG® Rewards Club points between 12 August and 26 August and you'll get 100% more in bonus points. That's right—double the points to use on Reward Nights, car rentals and much more"

IHG, like most loyalty programs, allow you to purchase extra points in their program. Of course, you pay a highly inflated price. In the case of IHG, the normal going rate for purchasing 1,000 points is $13.50, in other words 1.35c per point. The best value is buying 25,000 points, at which stage the rate is $1.15c per point.

To stay in a top end Intercontinental, you typically need 50K points. At the regular rate, that would cost you $575, quite an outlay. The current offer, halves that rate, in other words you can get that 50K night for $287.50, or around £192.

100% bonus is the best offer that there has ever been from IHG. At the best rate, you are getting these points for 0.575 cents each.  If you have been targeted, and you feel you will need to stay on points at an IHG property at any time in the future, you should avail of this offer.

This offer is not limited to ambassador members only, regular members have been targeted too. Your account may not be set up to receive offers via email, so you may be eligible and not know it. The best way to see if this offer applies to you is to log into your IHG account, and select "purchase points" from the "my account" page. If you are eligible for the offer, it will say:-

A very special offer - get 100% more points! 

If you do happen to be an ambassador member, and subscribed for the offer to get 10% points back on all redemptions, this offer works out even better. for the normal price of 26K points, you are getting 57.2K points, works out just over 0.5c per point.

You can buy anything from 1K to 60K (and get 100% bonus), so its a great way of topping up your IHG account to get another night at a desired property. This offer only runs for 2 weeks, ending on 26th of August.

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