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.
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 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.