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Tim Lai Points to be Made
Why bother with IHG? (5 mins) Tier levels, Ambassador (10-15 mins) Collecting points (5 mins) Spending points (5 mins) Other discounts and tricks (10-15 mins) Final warning notes on IHG (2-3mins) Q&A Feel free to ask questions any time!
11 different brands globally 5 main ones you’ll see
Pros ◦ Large network of hotels ◦ Fairly cheap globally ◦ Loyalty programme easy to understand ◦ Easy to ‘travel hack’ Cons ◦ Not greatest earn/burn ratio, though still ok ◦ Call centre agents have variable ability - Philippines ◦ Member benefits not guaranteed on award stays
Club — 0 nights/ 0 stays per year Gold — 15 nights/ EQP ◦ OR 3 brands + 10 nights Platinum — 50 nights/ EQP ◦ OR 4 brands + 40 nights if address in USA/EU ◦ OR 3 brands + 40 nights if address in Middle East/Asia/Oceania ◦ Everything above 50 nights rolled over!
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Changing country of residence
In reality… Don’t get your hopes up.
In reality… Not much more than gold! Upgrade chances are a little higher, but don’t expect suites. ◦ Maybe 10-20% you might get a substantial upgrade
Qualifying points = 10 points/USD ◦ Other currencies need to convert to USD Gold members earn a 10% bonus Platinum members earn a 50% bonus
Award stays count towards qualifying nights! Points do not expire
Automatic Gold IHG Upgrade confirmed at check in 2 nd weekend night free voucher 5000 points on joining and renewal 1 st year 200USD or 32k points 2 nd year 150USD, 25k points, 200USD inc. 10k points and 10% rebate on Intercontinental stays
Requirements: Must be Ambassador first! 60 nights per year 20 in Intercontinental 3 different Intercontinental Hotels
Benefits: Free minibar (to an extent!) IHG Rewards Club Platinum status
“You may choose to redeem IHG ® Rewards Club points for a Reward Night in three ways: using your existing points for all required points for the desired Reward Night; using your existing points and 5,000 points purchased for $40USD to total the required points; or using your existing points and 10,000 points purchased for $70USD to total the required points. The total purchase on any single day may not exceed $280USD.”
Get at least 5000 points ◦ Buy them if necessary Find any Category 2 hotel ◦ Use Slough, United Kingdom Book a Reward Night very far into the future ◦ Check T&C carefully to ensure flexibility of points Cancel reservation. You should have extra points. ◦ May take mins for the points to come back
$70 per points trick
Friends and Family rate – 30% off ◦ bit.ly/IHGJennifer ◦ Does not get points or EQP Best Rate Guarantee ◦ bit.ly/IHG-brg ◦ 1 st night free ◦ Tricky to get right ◦ T&C keep changing (latest 8 th September 2014) ◦ Get someone to show you first.
Current rules: Claim online within 24h of booking and 24h of check in Description of room MUST BE IDENTICAL!!! Watch out for auxiliary fees Watch out for currency conversions Price difference must be >1% or $1
I have saved around €1200 in 3 uses I know someone who saved over £30k!
They WILL close accounts ◦ Duplicate details ◦ If you stay, or have an address in China ◦ “Abuse the system” – their discretion, not yours!
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