The answer is: It depends on your plans and your individualized offer. By now, you’ve probably heard about this new IHG promotion. I debated on whether to write about it, but some of my readers only follow this blog (I’m looking at you, Jen). And this is a big deal as far as deals for a middle-class family go. All stays have to occur between September 1st and December 31st. First, you’ll have to click this link and register.
If you are not an IHG member, you’ll have to join the program first and then see your personalized offer. Out of all family members, my husband got the most lucrative promo:
Since the hurdles are stackable, he can receive 43,200 points after staying only 3 nights. Or can he? As usual, IHG made this thing overly complicated. Take a look at “Change your view” and “Stay for less and earn” hurdles. When you click “terms” for Holiday Inn stays, here is what comes up:
It says that “Reward Club Reward nights” is a non-qualifying rate. So does that mean that “Points+cash” rate can not be used to book 2 nights at a Holiday Inn? Only IHG knows the answer…maybe. If it is a non-qualifying rate, then my husband would have to stay a total of 5 nights, which makes this promo weak sauce.
This is a typical situation when it comes to IHG program. Calling and asking them to clarify is unlikely to do any good either, because the right hand at IHG never knows what the left hand is doing. Sometimes the hurdles even change midway through the promotion like what happened with “Into the nights” disaster.
That said, if you can handle some potential aggravation and are willing to jump through hoops, it could be worth pursuing. I’ve written a post on these type of IHG promos and things to watch out for, so I strongly recommend you read it. I’ve done 5 of these in the past and always have gotten my points in the end, it just took many phone calls and some meds to calm me down (kidding!).
Readers, what offer did you get? Do you plan to take advantage of it?
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.