If all goes accordingly as I planned, then my one night stay at Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport will be one of two hotel stays I need to earn two free nights with IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights promotion. My second stay to complete five tasks needed to earn two free nights at any IHG hotel worldwide will be next week at Dublin Airport, Ireland.

Way back on September 5, 2014, I registered for IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights and received a set of 5 tasks to complete for two free nights. These tasks would have required staying in a Holiday Inn on two Saturday nights and one other hotel stay at an IHG property.

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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.

IHG Rewards Club launched ‘India Free Nights’ for residents of India and Nepal. Stay 3 nights at any of 21 IHG hotels in India and Nepal from November 17 to April 30, 2015 and earn one free night for any IHG hotel worldwide. There is a limit of three free nights per member that may be earned with this offer. Free nights expire December 31, 2015.

IHG Rewards Club India Free Nights promotion link.

Offer details:

  • You must be a member of IHG® Rewards Club and must register to qualify for this promotion
  • The three qualifying nights need not be consecutive, and can be spent at any IHG® hotel across India and Nepal
  • The offer is valid between 17 November 2014 and 30 April 2015
  • You can earn a maximum of three reward nights during this offer period to be redeemed before 31 December 2015.

This is a good value promotion for India and Nepal.

IHG India Free Nights

“India and Nepal Free Nights” Promotion Terms and Conditions

  • You must be an IHG® Rewards Club member residing in India and Nepal (“Member”) and must register your member number in advance to participate in “India Free Nights” (“Promotion”).
  • To join IHG® Rewards Club, visit www.ihgrewardsclub.com. Membership is free.
  • A Member who successfully registered and completes three (3) nights at any IHG® properties in India and Nepal will be awarded one (1) free night at any IHG® hotel globally subject to availability. Members can earn a maximum of up to 3 free nights for the promotion during the stay period between 17 November 2014 to 30 April 2015.
  • A registered Member who completes their 3 nights will be rewarded an IHG® Rewards Club free night into their member account within 7 working days of every qualified 3rd night stay completion. Free night counts towards Elite Status as per IHG® Rewards Club policies and is subjected to IHG® Rewards Club terms and conditions.
  • The qualified IHG® brands that count towards the promotion earning are InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®. The first stay can be counted towards earning free night as long as guests enroll and register for promotion before they check out from property.
  • A Stay is defined per IHG® Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out (“Stay”). A Stay constitutes a “Qualifying Stay” when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates.
  • Free Nights 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 sole discretion.
  • Only one room per member per Stay will be awarded the applicable Free Nights. No retroactive Free Nights will be awarded for Stays prior to Registration.
  • This Promotion is subject to standard IHG® Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditionsand earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting www.ihgrewardsclub.com.
  • This exclusive Promotion is valid and applies to the original recipient only. IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to remove a member’s Free Night if fraudulent use of the Promotion is detected.
  • IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG® reserves the right of final interpretation of these Terms and Conditions.
    Free Night redemption
  • Free Nights earned are applicable only to the room nights and privileges specifically provided by this Promotion and supporting Offers at IHG’s discretion, and are not comparable with IHG® Rewards Club Reward Night (redeemed by points) or any other room nights.
  • Free Nights earned from Stays, as defined in the India Free Nights terms, completed during Registration must be claimed by 31 December 2015. Any Free Nights which have not been redeemed by 31 December 2015 will be forfeited.
  • Free Nights can be redeemed at any IHG® hotel property globally and may not be transferred. Rooms are subject to availability and may not be transferred.
  • A Free Night is valid only for one standard room night rate and applicable taxes not including breakfast, except at Holiday Inn Express, where breakfast is complimentary
  • Redemption is subject to availability of the rooms of hotels specially provided for this promotion.
  • Free Nights shall be redeemed on first-come and first-served basis. Redemptions must be made 24 hours in advance by logging in to the member account on www.ihgrewardsclub.com.
  • Cancellation or changes must be made 48 hours prior to 6 P.M. of arrival date. Any changes or cancellation after that will be deemed to be a no show, and the Free Night credit will be removed from member’s IHG® Rewards Club account.
  • Free Nights cannot be exchanged for cash or points and are not transferrable in the system to other members and guests.
  • IHG® reserves the right to remove a member’s Free Night reward if fraudulent use of the Offer is detected. IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG® reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer

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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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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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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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Looks like I have to carry the FLAME torch for IHG on my own, as I am seemingly the only Boarding Area blogger burned last week by a complete change of tasks for the Into the Nights promotion.

Over the past week I deconstructed my experience with the IHG Into the Nights events.

IHG Into the Nights fiasco deconstructed

Loyalty Traveler (Sep 4, 2014) – IHG Rewards Club – We are sorry, but there was an error.

I was staying at the Clarion Royal Christiania in Oslo, Norway when the IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer debuted. My September 4 Loyalty Traveler post reminded me that I was one of many IHG Rewards Club members who did not see any Into the Nights offer when it launched in early September. Trying to log into Into the Nights site resulted in an error message.

I was finally able to register for IHG Into the Nights on September 5, 2014 when I saw this offer in my account.

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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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