Last week, I wrote about the completion of my Accelerate Q1 2016 offers - I basically got over 50,000 IHG Rewards Club Points with approximately US$250 spend. As you may already know, IHG is currently offering you the opportunity to earn 30,000 bonus points (on top of whatever you earn from base spend, elite and accelerate bonuses) when you book direct - you will have to register for this promotion before making an eligible reservation.
What a lot of people do not realise is that when booking directly with IHG, you should also take advantage of cashback sites like TopCashback to earn 8% back as rebates (accurate at time of publishing). If you are based in Singapore and you are thinking about taking advantage of this opportunity to earn 30,000 easy IHG Points, check out Singapore's cheapest Holiday Inn Express property (from S$112++) which will be opening in June 2016. In case you are wondering why do I not recommend ShopBack, it offers only 2% cashback as compared to TopCashback's 8%.
InterContinental Hotels Group has just unveiled the first Kimpton hotel to open outside of the Americas, in Europe - the Kimpton De Witt. The hotel has been fully transformed to reflect the bold and playful design of Kimpton while drawing inspiration for the Dutch heritage which is evident from the striking ‘living wall’ of vibrant florals and botanicals trailing the entrance. It marries the old and the new – a late 20th century building with architecture from the Dutch Golden Age – interlocking modern luxury and historical elegance.
Accruing points and miles is therapeutic - I would even go as far to say that it is even more satisfying that watching your savings grow. From now until 19 May 2017, benefit from 100% bonus IHG Rewards Club points when you purchase using this link. If you were to purchase the maximum number of points allowed (60,000) in a calendar year, you will get 120,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (after the 100% bonus) for US$690 (S$963) which may offer great value at a number of InterContinental properties in the region.
New Accelerate offers are up and you can now sign-in to see what your offers are for the upcoming quarter (15 May 2017 to 31 August 2017) ahead! In case you do not know what they are, they are basically a set of challenges that are tailored to your IHG Rewards Club account based on stay history and elite status. Completing these tasks will trigger an achievement bonus (which is usually quite impressive) that will earn you a lot of IHG Rewards Club points!
The Book Direct offer is back again this year - register for the promotion now to earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points and then another 39,000 bonus points when you complete three stays between 01 April 2017 and 31 December 2017. Since the Accelerate offers for this quarter is already ending and assuming you have already completed them, it may be a good idea to hold off your stays (if possible) until the next quarter's challenges are issued (assuming they do) for you to double-dip on promotions.
The Crowne Plaza Auckland is located on Albert Street in the center of Auckland City. When I travelled down to the City of Sails on Singapore Airlines' Suites Class from Singapore last November, I stayed in The Langham Auckland before moving to the Crowne Plaza Auckland for the weekend - the hotel isn't brand new but moving into a property that is part of a much-larger international chain where benefits are predictable is such a great decision.
Connected to one of the most famous shopping malls in Bugis, the InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - following a massive refurbishment that officially completed in 2016, the rooms here at this luxurious property have been given a complete makeover. The Heritage Rooms and Heritage Suites were previously redone and were therefore not included in the most recent refresh. Check out my review of the Grand Deluxe Room at the InterContinental Singapore!
IHG Rewards Club points are great because you can use them for decent reward nights and a bunch of other less valuable redemption (that you should not even consider) - they can also be converted into miles (largely at a 1000:200 ratio) which can be quite useful if you are converting to one that is potentially of greater value (e.g. Mileage Plan on Alaska Airlines). While I have previously considered reward nights in Singapore to be of inferior value, certain properties around Singapore (in a 7-8 hour flight radius) can offer pretty great value. For the purpose of comparison, I am using only the Best Flexible Rate which could potentially introduce bias in resort locations (these properties generally have a larger Advance Purchase discount).
One of my challenges in this quarter's Accelerate 2017 (read more about it HERE!) is to book a stay on the Points and Cash rate - this will give me 3,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points. While 3,000 bonus points will not sway my decision at all, it does count towards triggering the major bonus of the Accelerate 2017 promotion. Club members will receive 5% discount on the cash component on Points & Cash bookings while Spire Elite members can save up to 15% off.
From now until 17 February 2017, get double IHG Rewards Club Points when you purchase them online (so long you purchase at least 5,000 points). If you have a DBS Woman's World MasterCard, you can make use of this opportunity to rake up some bonus miles.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) introduced Business Rewards back in 2015 which allows users and professionals to be rewarded for booking accommodations as well as meeting spaces for others. The Double Play Double Points promotion which is currently running (between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017) allows users to earn up to 6 IHG Rewards Club points (instead of 3) per US$1 for events and stays up to 31 August 2017.