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IHG Loyalty Programme

In regards to Hotel Loyalty programmes – my recommendation if you are a frequent traveller is to stick with 2 programmes – 3 at most.

The reason being that you want to accumulate points at a more accelerated rate than having all your eggs in different baskets.

My current go-to Hotel Loyalty programme is the Hilton HHonors programme. Though I would have to say that the Hyatt Gold Passport programme is definitely catching up.

But my back-up programme I would have to say is the IHG programme.

The IHG Hotel Group consists of the following – Intercontinental Hotels, Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. These are probably the main hotel brands of this group.

From my experience over the last 5 years – the IHG group has been the most generous in regards to accumulating points. There is at any one time multiple promotions that you can sign up for.

They also have a “Point Breaks” programme where you can redeem your points for just 5000 points. Usually on average rooms cost about 20,000-25,000 points. The top brand – Intercontinental Hotels – usually requires more than 40,000 points.

For example my family stayed at the Crowne Plaza Canberra 3 years ago for 3 nights. Costed me about about $550 AUD for those 3 nights. After that stay – from all the promotions I had signed up for – I received 22,000 IHG points!

For the Point Breaks programme – every 2-3 months they release a list of hotels around the world where the 5000 point per night is available.

So 1 year later – the Crowne Plaza Canberra hotel came up as a Point Breaks during a 2 month period. I was able to book 2 rooms for 2 nights each using a combined total of 20,000 points!

Keeping in mind that a room usually costs on average $200. So by booking 2 rooms for 2 nights each – I received $800 value!!! Absolutely free!

Crowne Plaza Canberra hotel is a nicely located property situated walking distance (5-10 minutes) to the city centre and the nearby Canberra Centre (Shopping mall)

One negative of IHG loyalty programme is that they don’t give much benefits – no matter how many nights you stay there. You could be lucky to score an upgraded room and maybe a free breakfast in some IHG hotels around the world – but they are certainly becoming more rare.

Sign up to the IHG loyalty programme – it’s free and you will keep up to date when there are point breaks specials that may just suit you.

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