IHG has partnered with Coca-Cola for a summer promotion called Share Forever. Registration opens Monday, April 20. Few details in the press release, except promotion dates. IHG Share Forever promotion runs May 1 to September 7, 2015 and IHG Rewards Club members earn 500 bonus points after first stay. No details about bonus points amounts for additional stays. Kimpton Hotel stays do not count for this promotion.

The promotion is only open to IHG® Rewards Club members who are residents of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The full press release is below. Please note that promotion links are not yet working, but expect links to go live sometime in the next 60 hours.

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J.D. Power 2015 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report was released last week.

Report Rankings

  • Delta Privilege and Hilton HHonors rank highest in a tie among hotel loyalty/rewards programs with an overall satisfaction score of 727 each.
  • Delta Privilege performs particularly well in the ease of redeeming points/miles, variety of benefits and reward program terms factors.
  • Hilton HHonors performs particularly well with ease of redeeming points/miles and ease of earning points/miles factors.
  • Following Delta Privilege and Hilton HHonors in the rankings are Best Western Rewards (722) and IHG Rewards Club (721)

Delta Privilege and Hilton HHonors rank highest among hotel loyalty programs. Delta Hotels, a Canadian hotel brand, was acquired by Marriott International this year.

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott acquires 38 Delta Hotels in Canada (Jan 27)

I assume Delta Privileges will be discontinued, in favor of placing the hotel brand within Marriott Rewards.

JD Power 2015 Hotel Loyalty Satisfaction Report

J.D. Power 2015 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report

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IHG Rewards Club announced changes today to their elite tiers and membership qualifications, along with a new 12 months points expiration policy if no account activity.

Here is the press release text:

IHG Rewards Club will evolve over 2015 and 2016 initially in the following ways:

  • Introducing a new top membership level in July 2015. This new membership level can be reached by earning 75,000 qualifying points or staying at IHG hotels for 75 qualifying nights, over the course of a year.
  • An industry first: IHG Rewards Club will offer its most loyal members in this new membership level 100 percent extra bonus points on qualifying stays. Members of this newest level will also be able to choose between receiving 25,000 points or upgrading a friend or family member to Platinum.
  • The qualification requirements for all membership levels have been restructured to make it easier for members to be rewarded for their loyalty. Club members will need to earn just 10,000 qualifying points or stay for ten qualifying nights to be eligible for Gold membership. Gold members will need to earn 40,000 qualifying points or stay for 40 qualifying nights to reach Platinum membership.
  • IHG is enhancing its ability to learn about members and then utilize this information through a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. This system will enable hotels to respond to members’ preferences at every stage of the guest journey and offer services and experiences that are personally relevant to them. From recognizing stay preferences such as room location or pillow type and tailoring their booking options, to relevant post stay offers.
  • To enable IHG to reward our guests who stay with us most often, starting from May 2016, IHG will expire all points for IHG Rewards Club Members if they have not earned or redeemed any points at all in the previous 12 months. IHG Rewards Club members will continue to maintain their point balances simply by completing a qualifying stay at one of IHG’s 4,800 hotels or redeeming some of their existing points during a membership year.
  • IHG Rewards Club offers countless great opportunities to earn points and redeem rewards – from Reward Nights at IHG hotels worldwide to flights, music downloads, electronics, gift cards and more, via its online global redemption catalog.

All members will continue to have access to the industry leading benefits that make IHG Rewards Club the world’s favorite hotel loyalty program. These include free guest Internet, value-priced Reward Nights with no blackout dates, no cancellation penalties, access to the wide breadth of offerings in the global reward redemption catalog and digital innovations such as mobile check-in.

Visit the IHG Rewards Club website for more information on the latest enhancements to the program.”

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IHG Rewards Club new elite qual 4-15

In short,

All nights earned so far in 2015 count for new elite membership tiers to take place July 2015.

IHG ‘Super’ Elite = earn 100% elite bonus points + 25,000 bonus points annually or gift IHG Platinum to another person.

  • Qualify with 75 nights or 75,000 elite qualifying points.

IHG Platinum = earn 50% elite bonus points.

  • 40 nights or 40,000 elite qualifying points.

IHG Gold = earn 10% bonus points.

  • 10 nights or 10,000 elite qualifying points.

The press release claims IHG Rewards Club offers an industry first earning rate of 100% bonus points for its super elite members at its hotels. Guess they missed the 100% elite bonus with 4 points/$1 SPG super-platinum members get at Starwood Hotels.

The most negative aspect of the changes is a new 12-months points expiration if no account activity, beginning May 2015. I imagine there will be millions or billions of points erased from member accounts in May 2016.

Will super-platinum elites get complimentary upgrades at full-service hotels? The additional 50% more bonus points will be a great benefit for frequent guests who spend 75+ nights in IHG hotels.

For the most part, the changes will not have too much impact on IHG Rewards Club members who stay at hotels.

If not staying at hotels, there are plenty of ways to create IHG Rewards Club activity to keep your points current for free through social media opportunities or by spending a few bucks to earn points or redeeming some points.

IHG Rewards Club launched IHG Business Rewards as a new global booking program yesterday for individuals that book on behalf of others.

IHG Business Rewards consolidates the benefits of four regional programmes: Booker Rewards Club, BusinessClub/AGENT, Elite Diamond Club and IHG Meeting Rewards, bringing together the best qualities from all of them.

Persons responsible for booking group rooms, conferences and meeting rooms earn credit in an IHG Rewards Club account linked to IHG Business Rewards. IHG Business Rewards bookings earn 3 IHG Rewards Club points per dollar spent on rooms, meeting rooms, food and beverage at participating hotels booked through IHG Business Rewards program. Points earned combine with points earned for personal stays at IHG hotels. Personal stays earn at the normal rate 10 points per $1 (or 5 point per $1 at IHG extended stay brands Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites). Basically you get 3 points per dollar as someone in charge of spending for events and meetings.  Hopefully, other people’s money.

All points from IHG Business Rewards and IHG Rewards Club pool into member’s account and may be redeemed by the IHG Rewards Club member for the same hotels and purchases available to all members. Points earned from Business Rewards bookings count as elite qualifying points to earn Gold or Platinum membership in the member’s IHG Rewards Club personal account.

Best of all is a IHG Business Rewards account does not have a minimum spend. You can sign up for IHG Business Rewards as an event planner, say for a wedding or a hotel stay needed for a group of a youth baseball team traveling to another town for a game and parents need rooms.

Resources:

IHG Business Rewards

IHG Business Rewards Frequently Asked Questions

IHG Rewards Club Frequently Asked Questions

IHG Business Rewards launch

The market has spoken. I spoke before the market when I wrote last week that IHG Rewards Club points generally do not sell out quickly in the annual Daily Getaways sales at the purchase price of $6.00 per 1,000 points.

Apparently, out of 50 million or 80 million members there are not 7,500 buyers typing in credit card numbers to buy 100,000 points. Or even 15,000 points. IHG membership number grows like the old McDonald’s sign used to update – in millions, before reaching billions.

Doesn’t everyone want to have 15,000 points for at least three PointBreaks reward nights?

Honestly, I can’t recall my last PointBreaks 5,000 points hotel reward night. In 2013, I scored three consecutive PointBreaks nights driving from Monterey, California to Denver, Colorado. Have I redeemed any IHG points for PointBreaks since 2013?

Daily Getaways IHG Rewards Club points still widely available

In the past few minutes, two hours after the Daily Getaways sale launched for today’s offer of discount IHG Rewards Club points, I was able to set up a purchase for the maximum amount of points an IHG Rewards Club member can buy today in the U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways offers.

I did not buy points. I have a six-figure IHG Rewards Club points balance already.

But, you can still buy hotel points at a discount price.

Daily Getaways IHG 15,000-$90

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 15,000 points for $90

  • Purchase limit: Maximum 5 sets of points per member ($450).

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 25,000 points for $150

  • Purchase limit: Maximum 4 sets of points per member ($600).

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 50,000 points for $293

  • Purchase limit: Maximum 4 sets of points per member ($879).

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 100,000 points for $565

    • Purchase limit: Maximum 3 sets of points per member ($1,695).

An IHG Rewards Club member can buy up to 675,000 points with these Daily Getaways offers for $3,624. That is 135 nights in PointBreaks hotels or as few as 13 nights in InterContinental Hotels. A 5,000 points PointBreaks reward night will cost only $30 per night at this price. That is a bargain. Spending $293 for 50,000 points and one free InterContinental San Francisco hotel night is not such a great bargain.

With more than 4,800 hotels around the world, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) gives you a world of choice whatever the reason for your trip. Our family of nine trusted brands offers hotels in nearly 100 countries. From an award-winning InterContinental® Resort to a city-center Holiday Inn® hotel, IHG has the right choice for all your travel needs. IHG brands include InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, HUALUXE® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, and Candlewood Suites®.

Truth is, at least for me, I am more likely to want to spend IHG points on a hotel at 25,000 to 50,000 points per night. InterContinental San Francisco at 50,000 points is still a $300 hotel room when paid with points from this sale. My hotel stay strategy is keep my IHG points and wait for a deep discount rate at the hotel.

Personally, Kelley and I earned four free nights for any IHG hotel in the world on about $600 in spend last November and December with IHG Into the Nights promotion. That is a value equivalent to 200,000 points or about $1,200 based on the price of these Daily Getaways points.

I find better value staying in IHG hotels on paid stays and earning points through the lucrative IHG Rewards Club promotions rather than buying points.

Bottom line is I think this is a decent deal to buy IHG points if you redeem for good value reward nights. For certain, I would get more value from IHG hotel reward stays using points than the cost of IHG points. But, I don’t need IHG points at present with four free nights anywhere still to burn in 2015.

Apparently not too many of the other millions upon millions of IHG Rewards Club members in the USA are buyers of IHG Rewards Club points at these prices. 7,350 buyers would have bought these points out.

The market has spoken.

Daily Getaways IHG Rewards Club points go on sale Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00pm ET, 10:00am PT. Four different sets of points will sell for $6.00 per 1,000 points starting at $90 for 15,000 points or as low as 5.65 per 1,000 points when you buy 100,000 points.

Daily Getaways travel deals are offered annually for five weeks by U.S. Travel Association, the primary organization devoted to promoting travel to and within the United States. Daily Getaways are legitimate offers and for several hotel loyalty programs, the deepest discount you will find all year for buying hotel points. This is the fifth year for Daily Getaways offers.

Daily Getaways 2015 IHG Rewards Club Mar 24

IHG Rewards Club points

IHG Rewards Club points – Tuesday, March 24, 2015

IHG 15,000 points = $90 with 1,000 sets of points for sale ($6.00 per 1,000 points). Purchase limit = 5 sets of points.

IHG 25,000 points = $150 with 1,000 sets of points for sale ($6.00 per 1,000 points). Purchase limit = 4 sets of points.

IHG 50,000 points = $293 with 1,500 sets of points for sale ($5.83 per 1,000 points).

IHG 100,000 points = $565 with 3,850 sets of points for sale ($5.65 per 1,000 points).

IHG Rewards Club typically do not sell out due to the large number of packages available. You can buy 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points anytime for $7.00 per 1,000 points by booking a Points and Cash reward stay, buying 10,000 points for $70 and canceling the reservation. The points return to your account. This can be done for 250,000 points per year.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks Hotels for stays to May 31, 2015.

Last week I showed a road trip itinerary using low car rental rates available as Drive Out of Florida one-way deals routing from Orlando to Philadelphia specifically for a hotel stay at an IHG hotel every night on a 5,000 Pointbreaks hotel reward. That is $28.25 per night for hotel rooms.

Loyalty Traveler – Budget Travel Trifecta: Spirit flights, IHG hotels and Florida one way rental car deals (March 17, 2015).

IHG Rewards Club are the first hotel program points to be offered in the 2015 Daily Getaways.

All the price points and number of sets of points for sale are listed in this Loyalty traveler post from last week.

Loyalty Traveler – Daily Getaways 2015 discount hotel points preview for March 23 to April 10 (March 13, 2015)

IHG Rewards Club members are eligible for 30% discount paid rates during the 4-day Mexico hotels IHG Flash Sale March 13-16, 2015 for stays through June 15. The Mexico hotels discount offer is 30% off Best Flexible Rate.

More than 120 IHG Mexico hotels are participating. This special offer requires a minimum 2-night stay and maximum 7 nights. This sale offer is exclusively for IHG Rewards Club members.

No details yet whether this will be a prepaid nonrefundable rate or a flexible rate allowing cancellation.

InterContinental Presidente Ixtapa Resort sample rates today will allow a comparison to the sale rate tomorrow.

InterContinental Ixtapa Resort

April 14-17, 2015 for 3 nights. Penalty if canceled after 6pm April 11, three days before arrival. This is an all-inclusive resort so everyone gets free food and drinks.

Premium Services
  • Buffet Breakfast included
  • Continental Breakfast included
  • Dinner Snacks, complimentary
  • Drinks, complimentary
  • Lunch Snacks, complimentary

Advance purchase (21 days)

  • Two double beds, garden view = $188.92.
  • Two double beds, ocean view = $224.92
  • Two double beds, ocean front = $260.92
  • Two double beds junior suite, ocean view = $323.92
  • King junior suite, ocean view = $323.92

Best Flexible Rate (IHG Mexico Flash Sale should be 30% off these rates)

  • Two double beds, garden view = $209.90.
  • Two double beds, ocean view = $249.90
  • Two double beds, ocean front = $289.90
  • Two double beds junior suite, ocean view = $359.90
  • King junior suite, ocean view = $359.90

Advance purchase rates are 10% less than Best Flexible. The IHG Flash Sale rates should be 30% off Best Flexible.

Enjoy another benefit of being an IHG® Rewards Club member with our Exclusive Online Sale. Visit us from March 13th through the 16th and book your next Mexico vacations to get a 30% discount off of our Best Flexible rate. The 30% discount is available for stays from March 13th to June 15th, 2015 in more than 120 hotels in Mexico for IHG®Rewards Club members. Are you still not a member? You can join at the time of booking. The membership is free and with no restrictions.


Terms & Conditions

Promotion applies for bookings from March 13th until 16th staying from March 13th until June 15th in hotels in México. Promotion is subject to availability. The rate will be different depending on the property selected. Reservation must be a 2-night minimum stay and maximum 7-night stay. To book the rate you must be a member of IHG® Rewards Club. The rate quoted already includes the discount. A fee for an extra bed could be charged by the hotel. Promotion is not valid with group reservations.  Occupancy per room depends on the hotel selected. Promotion is valid only for hotels in Mexico. Reservations are exclusive online.

Mexico Hotels IHG Flash Sale March 13-16, 2015.

Portugal now has three InterContinental Hotels with the announcement of signing InterContinental Lisbon-Estoril. The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, located west of Lisbon city center in the affluent town of Estoril. The train station near the hotel provides easy transportation to Lisbon and the rest of Portugal. The area is referred to as the “Coast of Kings”.

InterContinental Lisbon-Estoril has 59 rooms with Superior rooms, Club rooms with ocean view and six suites/family rooms. The hotel features indoor and outdoor pools and a hotel spa center.

Portugal

Estoril, Portugal is about ten miles west of Lisbon city center. Nearby Cabo da Roca or Roca Cape is the westernmost point in mainland Europe located about another ten miles northwest of Estoril.

InterContinental Lisbon

Less than six months ago IHG announced InterContinental Lisbon as a rebrand of a 1984 property initially flagged as Le Meridien before becoming the Tiara Park Atlantic Lisbon Hotel in 2008. The hotel has 225 single bedded rooms and 106 Double Bedded rooms with 16 suites.

IHG Rewards Club free nights are 35,000 points at InterContinental Lisbon.

InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas

In 2011, IHG opened InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas in a restored 15th century monastery and one of Porto’s most striking buildings on a major city square – Praça da Liberdade. The monastery was purchased in the 19th century at auction by a Portuguese business man who made his fortune in Brazil and planned to turn the property into a palace. A condition of the purchase required the building façade to be maintained.

IHG Rewards Club free nights are 30,000 points at InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas.

Architect Alex Kravtetz restored the property for the InterContinental Hotel. I enjoy seeing architecture firm photos of hotel projects. They often offer far more photographic information than the hotel’s own website. Here are photos of InterContinental Porto and several other luxury hotel projects designed by the firm.

InterContinental Porto

In addition to three InterContinental Hotels in Portugal, IHG also signed the Park Atlantic Hotel Porto six months ago and flagged it as Crowne Plaza Porto. This hotel is open and currently undergoing remodeling to improve the hotel lower part of the facade and entrance, during the period of 12th February to 30th April. IHG Rewards Club nights are 30,000 points.

IHG has made big gains in Portugal and IHG Rewards Club makes these properties good value with points in high summer season. Portugal in off season has some of the best hotel bargains in Europe.

Apparently the flash sale has already started since I booked a 25,000 points per night reward reservation at the Venetian in the last minute and it is only 7:58am EST on March 10.

From 12 noon EST March 10 for 24 hours you can book a suite at The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas at 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points, a 50% discount from the standard reward night rate.

The Palazzo – InterContinental Alliance Resort

The Venetian – InterContinental Alliance Resort

You will still have to pay the $25 per night resort fee for reward stays.

The Venetian and the Palazzo are two separate hotel buildings with a resort pool complex located between them. The sister properties operate as the largest hotel by rooms in the world with 7,117 rooms. These properties are all suites resorts.

These two Las Vegas resort hotels became part of IHG Rewards Club as InterContinental Alliance Resorts in April 2011. That alliance seemed to kick off an alliance between Las Vegas casinos and major hotel chains with Hyatt-MGM and Starwood Caesars partnerships.

Stay dates are March 10 to December 28 with some dates blacked out:

Blackout Dates

  • 3/25/2015, Wed
  • 3/26/2015, Thu
  • 3/27/2015, Fri
  • 4/14/2015, Tue
  • 4/15/2015, Wed
  • 5/3/2015, Sun
  • 5/18/2015, Mon
  • 5/19/2015, Tue
  • 5/23/2015, Sat
  • 5/24/2015, Sun
  • 5/29/2015, Fri
  • 5/30/2015, Sat
  • 6/19/2015, Fri
  • 6/20/2015, Sat
  • 8/17/2015, Mon
  • 9/5/2015, Sat
  • 9/18/2015, Fri
  • 9/19/2015, Sat
  • 9/28/2015, Mon
  • 9/29/2015, Tue
  • 10/6/2015, Tue
  • 10/7/2015, Wed
  • 11/2/2015, Mon
  • 11/3/2015, Tue
  • 11/4/2015, Wed

IHG flash sale venetian

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Kimpton Hotels announced the launch of their Nightcap Program this week at 17 hotels. Long known for its complimentary wine social in the evening, Kimpton now goes a little harder into alcohol content with the Nightcap Program.

Starting this week at participating Kimpton hotels such as the Morrison House in Washington, DC and the Surfcomber in South Beach, Kimpton guests will be invited to sample a tasting of a traditional nightcap spirit or liqueur such as brandy, cognac or port, paired with an accompanying bite such as a shortbread cookie, nuts or chocolate. Nightly samplings will vary from property to property and might include tawny port and blue cheese, scotch and shortbread, or cognac and crystalized ginger.

Kimpton Nightcap Program press release (March 2, 2015)

Most hotels will offer the Nightcap Program from 9:00-10:30pm.

Current participating hotels include:

·    Surfcomber (South Beach, Fla.) 

·    Morrison House (Alexandria, VA/Washington, DC) 

·    Topaz (Washington, DC) 

·    Hotel Madera (Washington, DC) 

·    Hotel Monaco Alexandria (Virginia) 

·    Hotel Monaco DC 

·    Hotel Palomar Philadelphia 

·    Hotel Monaco Philadelphia 

·    Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh 

·    Hotel Allegro (Chicago) 

·    Hotel Monaco Denver 

·    Sky Hotel (Aspen, Colo.) 

·    Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City 

·    Hotel Monaco Portland 

·    RiverPlace Hotel (Portland, Ore.) 

·    Canary Hotel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 

·    Hotel La Jolla

Kimpton Hotels plans to roll out the Nightcap Program to additional hotels across the brand throughout 2015.

Kimpton Karma Loyalty Program

InterContinental Hotels Group purchased Kimpton Hotels December 16, 2014. Kimpton Hotels continues to run Kimpton Karma loyalty program as a separate hotel loyalty program from IHG Rewards Club. There has been no announcement on plans to merge the loyalty programs. IHG Rewards Club members do not receive any elite member benefits at Kimpton Hotels at this time. Kimpton Hotels-IHG FAQ.

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