One of the foundational elements of the points and miles hobby is that you should maximize every online purchase by going through a shopping portal. This doesn’t just apply when buying items online; you can also score bonus points, miles or cashback on travel purchases by using shopping portals.
And today’s an excellent day to make IHG reservations to get up to 20% back. Here’s how.
For reservations made on Thursday, June 20, Ebates is offering 10% cashback on IHG stays. While you can make reservations for any IHG hotel brand through this page, you can click through the specific hotel brand if you prefer: Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, EVEN Hotels, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotel and Staybridge Suites.
But that’s 10% cashback, and I promised 10x Membership Rewards points in the headline, right? Well, that’s because new Ebates members can now opt into earning Membership Rewards points instead of cashback if you have a MR-earning credit card. If you already have an Ebates account, you can’t switch from cashback to MR points — but there’s always the option of creating a new account through this link.
At current TPG valuations, Membership Rewards points are worth 2 cents each. That means the 10x Membership Rewards return is worth around 20 cents per dollar spent. And, if you know how to maximize Membership Rewards points, you can get even more value than that.
For example, during the ongoing 30% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, you can book first class round-trip flights to Japan for as little as 70,000 Membership Rewards points. Taken to the extreme, that means spending just $7,000 at IHG hotels during this Ebates promotion would get you 70,000 Membership Rewards points. Those points can transfer to 91,000 Flying Club miles — enough for that round-trip first class award on ANA.
Even better, since you’re booking directly with the hotel through these shopping portals, you’ll still earn hotel points, elite credits and be able to use elite benefits.
Before you book, make sure to register for and check your IHG Accelerate offers so you can potentially earn even more bonus IHG points from the reservation. Then, make sure you’re putting the purchase on the right credit card to further maximize your earnings.
While we haven’t seen many IHG offers recently, it’s worth checking your American Express cards for Amex Offers and Chase cards for Chase Offers. If you don’t have any offers, use a card that maximizes your spending at IHG hotels:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel, 6% return)
- Citi Prestige Card (3x on hotels, 5.1%)
- Citi Premier Card (3x on travel, 5.1%)
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (10x points on IHG stays, 5%)
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel, 4%)
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