Yes! Another post about IHG’s new “Into the Nights” promo. 🙂
In case you’ve been offline for the past few days, you might have missed the exciting news that IHG’s fall promo is really, really good. Good enough that both Josh and I are going to go for it. And that’s saying something, because as you might recall, my last tango with an IHG promo didn’t work out so well.
But, as they say, we learn from our mistakes. Clearly I had a lot to learn from that last go-round, and today I learned an additional tip from a couple of readers. All three are worth noting if you are playing “Into the Nights.”
First, I’ll explain how the promo works, in case you’re new to this. I’ll use Josh’s offer as an example.
The total amount of points he will earn from completing each task is listed on the left. When you add all of these points up (8,400+100+1,500+4,800+4,800), the total rings in at 19,600.
However, if he completes at least 4 of the tasks, he will earn a 30,400 point bonus, which would bring his points total to 50,000…if he chooses to earn bonus points for his reward instead of free nights.
He could also opt for the 2 free nights, plus keep the original amount of points from each task (19,600 if he completed all 5 tasks, or fewer if he completed only 4 out of 5).
Because he only needs to complete 4 out of the 5 offers, he is going to skip the first task (stay 5 nights and earn 8,400 points). So he will earn a total of 11,200 points + 2 free nights for playing this game.
That is a great offer…if he plays it right! Here are my “been-there, done-that” warnings:
1. Watch out for the Holiday Inn.
If your offer includes a stay (or multiple stays) at a Holiday Inn, be aware that this ONLY means HOLIDAY INN. This does NOT include Holiday Inn Express. According the the terms and conditions, it appears that stays at Holiday Inn Resort or Holiday Inn Club Vacations DO count…although I’m so skittish at this point that I’m only going to book the Holiday Inn.
2. Don’t jump the gun.
During the last IHG promo, I used the IHG app to book one of my stays before the qualifying promo dates started. My stay fell within the official promo dates (which were January 1 and April 30), but since I had booked the stay on December 19, my stay did not count. Even though I could see and access my offer on December 19, since it was not officially time to start, I was disqualified from earning the credit.
Currently, many people are unable to see their offers yet. I happen to be one of those people; right now my offer looks like this:
Even though most (all?) of the offers I’ve seen for this current promo include a Holiday Inn stay, I am not going to book a thing until I have the official offer in hand.
3. Rewards portals may disqualify your stay. Or they may not.
While I have never had an issue with this personally, a few of my readers have had stays disqualified because they went through online shopping portals to book rooms.
The terms and conditions for the promotion imply that receiving credit for stays booked through portals could go either way, depending on the whim of IHG:
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.
So, use the portal option at your own risk! (Thanks to Gene and Dale for sharing your experiences).
What’s been your experience with IHG promos? Do you have any other tips to add?