May182011

IHG Priority Club $75 gift card for 2-night weekend stay

Stay at any IHG hotel worldwide for a 2-night weekend stay including Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday consecutive nights from May 19 – August 31, 2011 and be eligible for $75 prepaid MasterCard rebate. Up to four $75 cards can be earned per Priority Club member during the promotion, but only one card can be earned per member per weekend during the promotion period. Must book room through IHG websites or IHG channels like call center and GDS.

Promotion registration is required before your eligible stay. No retroactive credit for stays before registration. Promotion is only for U.S. residents.

$75 MasterCard Rebate Procedure

The rebate procedure is truly a pain requiring submission of three separate pieces of paper by postal mail.

1)      Promotion registration form

2)      Printed rebate form.

3)      Copy of hotel bill.

Mail to:

IHG, Dept. 11-51287

P.O. Box 540027

El Paso, TX 88554-0027

Loyalty Traveler note: This promotion just started and the first rebate-eligible weekend has not yet happened. I tried to locate the IHG rebate form and I think it is coming in an email attachment? I was only able to print the registration form.

Note to IHG: Please make future IHG rebates a little less cumbersome. The only rationale for going to print mail in my opinion is to reduce the payout for the promotion. Some small percentage of rebate eligible people are not going to successfully navigate the rebate submission process. Really, I hardly ever use my printer anymore.

There is a slideshow on the promotion website detailing the rebate submission process. There are seven slides repeating the same information. It is basically a marketing slide for each IHG brand with one brand icon on each slide, except Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express appear together.

IHG $75 Rebate summer 2011

 

IHG Priority Club wins SmarterTravel.com Editors’ Choice Awards 2011 Best Hotel Program 

This is at least the second year IHG Priority Club has won the Best Hotel Program award from SmarterTravel. I agree with the SmarterTravel.com Editors’ pick for IHG Priority Club as 2011 Best Hotel Program as I think I stated on my blog sometime in the past six months that IHG Priority Club deserves program of the year. The loyalty program has actively engaged members through social media and reaching travelers who may not ever think about hotel loyalty programs.  The benefits from IHG Priority Club keep improving with reward night enhancements like Points & Cash, points redemption options like PointBreaks and Points & Cash, and the clever promotions the marketing team has developed over the past year like Crack the Case, the online games for points, and airline baggage and flight credits for hotel stays.

I was kind of surprised to reread my blog post about last year’s SmarterTravel.com selection of Priority Club as 2010 hotel loyalty program of the year. I think Hyatt Gold Passport deserved the Best Program of 2010 for its improvements from April 2009 to April 2010, but Hyatt has been on sleeper mode for most of 2011.

The Other Night I Slept in a Holiday Inn Express 

I have to say my last couple stays at Holiday Inn Express (HIX) have impressed me with the all-inclusiveness of the properties. Both HIX hotels I stayed were new build hotels in Tehachapi and Fresno, California. Each hotel had a swimming pool, spa pool, workout room, good TV channel selection and flat-screen TVs, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and board, and curved shower rod along with free wi-fi and really comfortable seating options in the room. Breakfast is a good complimentary benefit, especially for the family. The food is way too much fat and starch for me, but I must admit I always try the biscuits and gravy. Pancake maker must be a real hit with kids. Please add more fruit selections beyond bananas.

Bottom line is this is a decent rebate. I am looking at a two-night stay that will essentially be one night free after the rebate. San Francisco Bay Area has some low rates for weekend stays as long as the hotel is out of the downtown city.

Update August 9, 2011:

Here is a smaple of the rebate form after it is filled out at www.ihgrebate.com.

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. The email gives you a weblink to where you can print a unique bar coded form for the mail-ins. With the tracking number you can track the progress of your rebate. I’ve has so many mail-in rebates where the rebate processing company said my paperwork must have got lost in the mail that I’m glad to see this feature when so much money is involved. I’m like everybody else, I hate mail-in rebates, but this one can yield up to $300 for 8 nights. This has got to be worth 3 or 4 keys, doncha think?

  2. I have been a platinum club member for many ,many years I have never jumped through this much b/s.Mail these receipts here and prove all the stays,when they have a record of all the transactions? Most of us will give up and say these cheapscapes are trying to swindale their best clints!In my opionion.What should happen, is when IHG reads your bill and verfies that we have stayed the required days they shoud send us the card as promised.

  3. @Wanda – The rebate form is accessible through the Promotion Registration link in the second paragraph of this post. That link takes you to the registration page (Remember to print registration page since needed for rebate materials).

    Step 2 is ‘Submit’ and takes you to http://www.ihgrebate.com where you can presubmit the rebate form online.

    I just tried this and after a couple of false starts I got the IHG Rebate page to fill in my name and address and phone number and email. The page then returned with a bar code at top and a 9 digit tracking number.

    All the directions are included on the actual Vacation Pay rebate form with the instruction to print two copies.

    I included the rebate form photo in this post.

  4. I registered for the $75 rebate on July 8th. I stayed 8/12 & 8/13 at Holiday Inn Express outside Pittsburg. I cannot locate the appropriate forms to print & mail to get my rebate. I’m very unhappy with Priority Club.

    Richard Johnson

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