Nov012010

IHG weekend stay in U.S. earns $50 flight credit

Book a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night stay at any IHG brand hotel in the U.S. by December 31, 2010 and stay between November 5 and April 30, 2011 to earn a $50 flight credit coupon for any single airline to anywhere.

IHG Black Friday Deal comes hot on the heels of the Priority Club Anywhere Challenge game. IHG has offered the most creative marketing promotions of 2010.

There are a couple of statements in the promotion webpage that do not match up with the more favorable terms listed in the promotion full terms & conditions page.

Here are the most pertinent details as I understand them from the T&C page and I have pointed out some of the discrepancies between the promotion webpage and the promotion T&C page. I’ll watch this offer to see if there are T&C changes over the next few days. There are loads of details to this offer.

Black Friday registration confirmation states book by Nov 29, but full T&C link shown states book by December 31, 2010

Earning IHG $50 flight credit

  • Must be an IHG Priority Club member.
  • Must be legal resident of 50 U.S. or D.C. and age of majority (18).
  • Advance registration required for this offer at www.ihg.com/50Free
  • Provide a valid email address where the flight credit coupon will be mailed.
  • Book a minimum of one weekend night, Friday, Saturday or Sunday at any 50 U.S. or D.C. IHG brand hotel by December 31, 2010. (The Black Friday promotion ad states November 29 booking date, however, the full terms & conditions for this offer states the eligible booking dates are between November 1 to December 31, 2010.)
  • There is no maximum number of awards that may be earned with this offer.
  • Allow two to four weeks after stay to receive $50 flight credit email coupon.

 

Redeeming IHG $50 flight credit

  • You must register and activate your flight credit award within 30 days of the date the award email is sent.
  • Flight credit registration site is www.activateaward.com/IHG-FFC
  • Flight credit must be redeemed within 3 months of Award registration.
  • All travel using $50 flight credit must be completed within 3 months of booking flight.
  • The Priority Club member who earns the flight credit must be the flight passenger. Flight credits are not transferrable.
  • Flights must be on a single carrier.
  • Flight must be booked with 21-day advance and include a Saturday night stay.
  • Flight can be on any carrier to any destination. (The promotion T&C state the flight credit is good for any destination, while the promotion page states “Get $50 off a flight to any U.S. destination.” The full T&C terms indicate this credit is good for international flights too.)
  • Flight must be booked through a specific travel agency ATG (CST# 2001330-10 and Florida Seller of Travel Registration #35395, and Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No. 240000054).
  • ATG is open from 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday, and closed on holidays.
  • Only one $50 flight credit award can be redeemed per trip.
  • Credit is off lowest published fare at time of booking. Terms indicate any flight price found online is eligible for this offer.

 

The flight credit timeline is a little confusing.

Here is a hypothetical timeline scenario.

November 1, 2010 – Register for the IHG flight credit promotion.

(Please do not forget the registration step. I must admit I was shocked to learn that I had never actually registered for the Stay 2 times and earn a free night with the IHG Sweet Dilemma promotion. My hotel stay at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove for the Chicago Seminar DO two weeks ago did not count; no retroactive credit for Sweet Dilemma offer or this flight credit offer. I missed out on a qualifying hotel stay for the two stays and earn a free night credit. Remember to register for this promotion before your hotel stay.)

November 15, 2010 – Book a Holiday Inn in Omaha, NE.

November 26, 2010 – Complete a Friday night IHG hotel stay in Omaha, NE.

Around December 10 – Receive the $50 flight credit award by email.

By January 9, 2011 – Register the flight credit award www.activateaward.com/IHG-FFC.

Jan 9 to April 9, 2011 – Within 90 days of award registration you must book a flight that will be completed within three months of flight booking. 

April 9 to July 9, 2011 – flight completed.

You can potentially earn a flight credit usable for flights through all of 2011 by staying at an IHG brand hotel in the U.S. in late April 2011 with this promotion offer.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I wonder if the Travel Agent has a booking fee for air travel. That could diminish the value of the award.

  2. The response time was less than an hour. The word I get is there are no travel agency additional booking fees when using the IHG $50 flight credit to ticket.

  3. Seriously? You of all people forgot to register? 🙁

    (yeah, I have missed similar deadlines/promo registrations myself, usually when there was a choice to be made and I wasn’t sure initially which way to go)

    On that travel agency issue, do you know if (a) you get the lowest available fare and (b) you can specify your exact flights? This sounds a bit like those credit cards that give you a free flight up to a certain value once you reach 25k of their proprietary “miles”, but you have to use their travel agency and they only let you specify where you want to go, but not on what airline or what flight. I realize it says this is valid on any airline, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the traveler gets to choose.

  4. Oliver – My drawback is I often write about these promotions before the links go live for registration. I assumed I had registered for the two stays for one free night.

    That is why I was shocked to see I hadn’t registered.

    On the travel agency issue I do not know much. This company handles a lot of free and discount flight promotions.

    I wrote and they responded stating there are no additional fees. The promotion says they will book online fares you find.

    I’ll wait and see what others learn.

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