Things you probably already know:
1. The latest “Into the Nights” promo from IHG Rewards is awesome.
2. It’s so good that it might make sense to book a couple of stays you don’t even need in order to earn the bonus.
3. If you aren’t already an IHG Rewards member, you can sign up and register for the promo in one fell swoop – then you can get in on this great deal, too. (If you are already a member, you can see what your personalized offer is here.)
4. The main idea is that by completing 2-3 cheap stays at IHG’s inexpensive hotels (such as Holiday Inn), you can parlay those stays into a bonus of two free nights that can be used at IHG’s more expensive properties (such as the Intercontinental).
5. The bonus of two free nights expires after a year, so if you aren’t sure if you will be able to use the free nights before then, you might not want to dive into this promo.
Now here’s something you may not know (or maybe you knew, but you forgot):
When you book a IHG hotel through the Barclaycard RewardsBoost site, you can earn 4 points per dollar.
Or you can earn 6% cash back when you book an IHG hotel through the Mr. Rebates site.
Sure, it’s not a lot of cash, but hey…it’s probably just enough for a drink at the bar, once you check into the fabulous property you’ll where you’ll be staying in a few months…as a result of this promo.
NOTE: Some readers (see comments below) have booked stays through cash back portals that ended up not counting towards a promo! This has never happened to me, but I read the terms and conditions carefully, and it appears that the decision about what constitutes a “qualifying room rate” can be made at IHG’s sole discretion. Here are the terms (bolding mine):
Points are not issued for Stays at the following reduced room rates (Non-Qualifying Room Rates or Non-Qualifying Stay): net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, most rates booked through most third party web sites, complimentary hotel Stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate at IHG’s discretion.
This creates just enough doubt in my mind that it might not be worth it to go through a portal.
What has been your experience?