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.