My final two IHG Into the Nights tasks posted for 2 free nights. This promotion had me excited in September when I was sitting in a Clarion Collection hotel room in Oslo and saw that I needed to only stay 3 nights with two Saturday nights at a Holiday Inn to earn two free nights.

Then, in October, I logged into my Into the Nights dashboard to see my five tasks had changed to a completely different set of six tasks, which would earn two free nights if I completed five of the six tasks. The limiting factor was either 7 hotel nights or two hotel stays in two different countries outside the USA. I stayed at Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport on a bonus points with breakfast rate three weeks ago and Holiday Day Inn Express Dublin Airport last week to complete my five tasks in two hotel nights.

This morning my IHG Into the Nights dashboard updated to show I have completed five tasks in my two 1-night hotel stays.

IHG Into the Nights tasks complete

Taking two free nights rather than 21,300 bonus points is a no brainer.

IHG into the Nights Reward choice

It is likely I will redeem the two free nights for an InterContinental Hotel in Europe next summer for some place like London Park Lane or The Amstel, Amsterdam.

InterContinental Park Lane

IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k Bonus Round

While I am happy to have earned two free nights for $235 on two paid hotel stays I needed anyway in London and Dublin, I have to laugh at the IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k Bonus Round opportunity presented to me upon completion of the original tasks for free nights.

IHG Into the Nights Bonus Offers

My congratulations on completing Into the Nights included another set of Bonus Offers tasks for more points. The Bonus Offers page states I can earn 20,000 points for completion of six tasks, however, there are only two tasks shown offering bonus points for a total 6,000 points.

This would be a decent offer, except for the stay 3 nights limitation. We still need 3 IHG stays to complete Kelley’s offer for two free nights. Those 3 nights on Kelley’s account are worth far more than 26,000 bonus points in my account.

Loyalty Traveler Into the Nights

My IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer (Sep 5, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights great promotion for new members (Oct 13, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k (Oct 20, 2014)

Dealing with IHG Into the Nights Fiasco (Oct 26, 2014)

IHG upsell rates with Into the Nights promotion links (Oct 27, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights fiasco deconstructed (Oct 29, 2014)

Holiday Inn London Gatwick for IHG Into the Nights (Nov 24, 2014)

Completed my IHG Into the Nights in 2 nights for $235? (Dec 8, 2014)

The new list of hotels participating in IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks November 24 to February 28 is posted on the IHGRewardingExperiences website. There are more than 150 properties including two InterContinental Hotels with Merida, Mexico and InterContinental Palace Port Ghalib Resort, Egypt.

In typical IHG fashion, there is limited geographic information. I have ordered the list by state and country to help readers plan for Monday bookings.

IHG PointBreaks hotels are 5,000 points per night and will be available for booking by Monday, November 24.

IHG PointBreaks Nov 24 to Feb 28, 2015 by State and Country

USA

Alabama

Arkansas

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

North Carolina

New Jersey

New Mexico

Nevada

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Canada

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Ecuador

Mexico

Panama

Europe

Belgium

Egypt

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Russia

Spain

Switzerland

Turkey

United Kingdom

Asia

China

India

Indonesia

Malaysia

Thailand

Middle East

Jordan

Mauritius

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

Crowne Plaza Dundalk would be a good deal for my stay in Ireland next week if I were not booking paid stays for Into the Nights.

Last night I received an email from IHG with the subject line “Get 5,000 Points Back in Your Account”. The deal is receive a 5,000 points rebate on a Points with Cash Reward stay by December 31, 2014. That is like getting a $35 rebate since a Points and Cash Reward night is $70 to buy 10,000 points.

Make the most out of your points and book a Reward Night using a combination of your IHG Rewards Club points and cash. With the Points and Cash program you can book your next Reward Night, at any of our 4,700 hotels worldwide, without waiting to accumulate more points. Plus, stay now through December 31st and we will refill your account with 5,000 points.

IHG Rewards Club email November 12, 2014

I checked IHG hotel rates for several cities where I plan to be in the next six weeks and found lots of low room rates around $80 to $110, which makes a Points with Cash reward unfeasible. A hotel reward rate of 20,000 points takes 10,000 points + $70. Net cost after rebate is $70 + 5,000 points. That is not a savings on hotels with a room rate below $100 and a small savings on hotel rates up to $120 after tax.

Best deal is if you can find a low category hotel of 15,000 or 20,000 points per night with a high room rate. Second best deal is a high category reward rate with a high published rate.

InterContinental San Francisco

IC San Francisco rate

$296.89 advance purchase nonrefundable rate is $345.35 after tax.

IHG Rewards Club Standard Reward Night = 45,000 points for a redemption value = $7.67 per 1,000 points.

IHG Rewards Club Points with Cash Reward Night = 35,000 points + $70 with a rebate of 5,000 points. Net rate = 30,000 points + $70. Redemption value = $285/30,000 points = $9.50 per 1,000 points.

Our household needs three or four paid nights at IHG hotels to earn our Into the Nights promotion for two free nights in our accounts. This IHG Points with Cash rebate offer for 5,000 points is a promotion bonus I will keep in mind when searching hotels for stays by December 31, 2014. It remains to be seen if I will find a use for this offer.

Check you email for this IHG promotion subject line: “Get 5,000 Points Back in Your Account”.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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Saturday night we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport on a package rate of 5,000 points and Breakfast. Our flight arrived at 11pm, which made an airport hotel the best choice. Airport hotel location is relative in Denver where the closest set of hotels are about ten miles from the airport.

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport 5K bonus points and Breakfast Rate

The deal for Crowne Plaza Denver Airport is the lowest rate was $81 for an advance purchase nonrefundable rate or $85 for day of arrival flexible cancellation AAA rate for our stay.

I have given little attention to IHG bonus points and breakfast rates until the IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer. Booking a bonus points and breakfast rate is one of my tasks for Into the Nights. The bonus points and breakfast rate for Crowne Plaza Denver Airport was $104.

For $23 more than the lowest available rate or about $27 after tax, the $104 rate included:

  • 5,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points.
  • Breakfast buffet for two.

I consider the points to be a $30 to $35 value based on the points purchase price.

Breakfast buffet at the hotel was $13.99 per person + tax for $30.27 for two persons.

Certainly IHG Bonus Points and Breakfast rates are worth checking if there are two persons staying, you plan to eat breakfast at the hotel and you like bonus points.

5,000 bonus points will pay for my next PointBreaks hotel.

Crown Plaza DIA

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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October saw a further erosion of customer trust in hotel loyalty programs.

In the past four months we have seen Marriott Rewards drastically change the terms for its Rewards Plus program two months into a six month long promotion. The promotion required only eight social media actions on Facebook and Twitter to earn 2,000 points in May and June, then in July changed to 80 actions to earn 2,000 points. We watched IHG Rewards Club disintegrate its social credibility with the Into the Nights fiasco with changes to members’ tasks six weeks after the promotion launched. Even the Europeans faltered when Le Club Accorhotels dropped its 5,000 bonus Aeroplan miles promotion on October 27, less than four weeks into a three month promotion, after they discovered customer overenthusiasm at earning Le Club Accorhotels Platinum elite membership after three stays, along with 15,000+ Aeroplan miles.

Please send me an email at ricgarrido@live.com if you know of a good hotel promotion not listed here.

Loyalty Traveler November 2014 Hotel Promotions Guide 

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IHG Rewards Club has The Venetian and The Palazzo on sale for 50% IHG points for 24 hours only beginning at 12 noon ET today. These Las Vegas properties are InterContinental Alliance Resorts partners with IHG. Normally the cost for a reward night is 50,000 points. For 24 hours members can book these resorts for 25,000 points per night for stays November 16 – April 10, 2015. There are some blackout dates, and I assume December 31, 2014 is one of those.

Here are the URLs to the sale:

IHGRC: http://www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/global/offers/offers/vpflashsale

InterContinental: http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/global/offers/vpflashsale

There will be also be an IHG 48-hour sale with paid rate discounts for 600 hotels in Europe beginning 9pm ET or 6pm PT today. The start times I calculated based on the webpage clock. The website states IHG members will get into the sale 24 hours early when using the IHG app, but I checked rates for Dublin and London this morning and the rates are the same as they have been all week, so I am not seeing any discounts yet through IHG app.

IHG 48-hour sale

Loyalty Traveler post: IHG 48 hour sale at 600 hotels in Europe October 31, 2014

Related Loyalty Traveler post: Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas for 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points at 24 hour flash sale October 30

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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One of my interests on Loyalty Traveler is deconstructing hotel rates. I analyze hotel rates from a consumer perspective since I want to find the best value for hotel spend. For many travelers the lodging component of travel is the biggest trip expense.

Since IHG Rewards Club changed nearly all my tasks for the Into the Nights promotion (Sep 4-Dec 31, 2014) last week, I have made my first extensive analysis of IHG ‘bonus points with breakfast rates’. Booking one of these rates is now on my list of tasks to complete for the Into the Nights promotion. Loyalty Traveler – Dealing with IHG Into the Nights Fiasco.

What I found is IHG is using this Into the Nights promotion to upsell members a value added package rate.  There is a dedicated link for finding bonus points package rates. The bonus points package rates shown are all Best Flexible Rates for the hotel. Using the Bonus Points Package rate link excludes lower rates at the hotel seen when checking www.ihg.com compared to the lowest rates shown when using the dedicated link to find IHG ‘Bonus Points with Breakfast’ package rates.

You need to check both booking sites on IHG to determine how much additional money is charged for bonus points and breakfast at the hotel.

IHG Into the Nights Bonus Points with Breakfast Package Rates

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I booked another stay today using the IHG mobile app on my iPhone. The reservation booking worked nicely with easy navigation for entering dates and searching hotel rates. IHG mobile app and bonus points breakfast package for Into the Nights is my restart of the journey into the IHG Rewards Club Clusterf@#k 2014.

For those of you who are still with IHG Into the Nights promotion after sudden task changes last week, some six weeks into the September 4 to December 31, 2014 promotion period, here is my assessment of the IHG mobile app and bonus points breakfast package rates.

IHG bonus points breakfast package rates can be a great deal. The reservation I booked a few minutes ago is for 5,000 bonus points and breakfast rate.

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport for one weekend night in November has the lowest rate listed at $85 room rate with breakfast or $101.48 after tax for an advance purchase, prepaid, nonrefundable rate including breakfast for two persons. There is a $5 charge for the second person in the room making the actual rate $90 for 2 persons.

IHG CP DEN BAR

Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport is $89 Best Flexible Rate, aka BAR, the rate which allows cancellation without penalty up to 4pm day of arrival. The rate is $101.35 after tax.

Bonus Points Packages + Breakfast Rate 

My hypothesis is IHG is trying to convince guests to pay more for value added benefits during hotel stays with Into the Nights. An IHG hotel like Crowne Plaza Denver Airport has a restaurant and getting people to eat there is a benefit to the hotel. In general, getting loyalty members used to paying more for add-on benefits looks like a move into the business model adopted last decade for airlines with surcharges for every little benefit.

In this case though, the deal is really good for the breakfast and points rate at Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport.

IHG CP DEN 5K rate

5,000 bonus points + breakfast for 2 persons rate is $104 or $117.26 after tax.

Buying 5,000 points for $16 is a fantastic deal with IHG Rewards Club points. This is an additional $16 compared to the nonrefundable advance purchase breakfast rate at the hotel. Best Flexible Package rate for 5,000 points and breakfast for two is only an additional $17 compared to the room only Best Flexible Rate.

5,000 bonus points and breakfast package rate is a cheap add-on for Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport. I would not hesitate to buy IHG Rewards Club points at $4 per 1,000 points so this is a good value added benefit.

IHG Rewards Club offers plenty of hotels where reward stay redemption value will exceed the cost of points with the bonus points and breakfast package rate.

Cancelling my previously booked IHG App reservation for the IHG Into the Nights promotion with a Holiday Inn stay on a Saturday night was easy too on my iPhone.

A week ago my IHG Into the Nights offer for two free nights changed from five tasks requiring only three nights to complete and earn two free nights with IHG in 2015 to six tasks requiring either a minimum seven nights or IHG stays in two countries outside the USA.

IHG came out with a statement last week that some members received the incorrect offer upon original registration in September and some members, like me, saw their tasks change last week, some six weeks into the four month promotion. IHG states the new offers are the correct offers. Some members report on FlyerTalk their offers reverted back to the older tasks assigned at registration.

My tasks completely changed last week from the original offer I received when I registered September 5, 2014. I mentioned on my blog My IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer (Sep 5, 2014) that I had difficulty all day when trying to register for IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights promotion on the previous day. My offer looked easily achievable to me with three hotel nights including two Holiday Inn Saturday night stays.

IHG has not reverted my offer back to the original offer I received upon registration in early September.

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IHG Rewards Club tweeted The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas for 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night at a 24 hour flash sale set for Thursday, October 30, 2014 at noon EDT for 50% off reward nights.

IHG Venetian Oct 30 half-off rewards

The deal here is 25,000 points is a good value, especially for weekend nights when rates are far higher than weekdays at these Las Vegas resorts. There are likely capacity controls to the number of reward nights each date, so plan to be ready at noon eastern time if you want a weekend reward night points discount for The Venetian or the Palazzo.

These two Las Vegas resort properties are InterContinental Alliance Resorts affiliated with IHG Rewards Club. Both Las Vegas properties are adjacent to each other and share swimming pools. The hotels feature rooms that are about twice the size of a standard hotel room.

IHG Palazzo

Normal price for a reward night at The Venetian or The Palazzo is 50,000 points per night with IHG Rewards Club. The 50% discount rate reduces the reward night cost to 25,000 points per night on October 30, 2014.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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