Last fall, IHG ran a great promo called Into the Nights. They had some technical errors getting it off the ground and other errors with targeting but for everyone that received the offer of 2 free nights after completing some stays – some very few indeed – it was a very lucrative offer.
Free Nights From “Into The Nights”
At first, before the details came out about the free nights, I thought I would go for the 50,000 points offered me. Since they did not expire (under the previous program) and could be used for Pointbreak hotels, I thought it was the best choice. But, then the crazy idea of running 6 marathons on 6 continents in under 5 days hit me and I thought I would take the two free nights instead. 🙂
Free Nights Counting As Paid Stays For Earning Points
I had to change some things around on my travel schedule and instead used one of those nights before my big, big trip coming up next month. I was surprised to see that my point balance went up a few thousand points – the exact amount as 10 points per dollar that you get on paid stays.
Is this something others have seen? I do not stay at a lot of IHG properties so how they handle these nights is not something I am completely familiar with. According to their terms, it sounds as if they are not supposed to credit that way.
Pick A More Expensive Hotel Or Date
But, it gives a good idea for redemption! If you have an upcoming stay using one of these free night certificates, consider shifting one night or so to be on a more expensive night. If you have the IHG credit card, you have Platinum status and that will give you an additional 50% bonus. Essentially, you could earn enough points with one of these free night certificates to give you a Pointsbreak redemption down the road (5,000 points)! Just remember – you have until December 31, 2015 to use these free nights!
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