Earn at Least 65,000 Points With the IHG Share Forever Promotion — and Share With a Friend

D uring the latest promotion offered by InterContinental Hotels Group known as Share Forever, stay 34 nights between Sunday, May 1, 2016 and Monday, September 5, 2016 to earn 65,000 bonus IHG Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points — plus you can earn a free night to share with someone else.

In order to participate, you must:

Earn at Least 65,000 Points With the IHG Share Forever Promotion

You can earn rewards when you complete a qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property in addition to the rewards you already earn in the IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program. Once you are registered for the promotion, you will see your customized reward offer. You must complete the requirements for each offer in order to receive the corresponding reward. You must provide your IHG Rewards Club member number prior to checking out of your hotel stay — or else the stay will not count toward completion of the offer.

You will only receive credit for a qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property which occurred on or after Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 12:00 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time; and no later than Monday, September 5, 2016 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time. Qualified night stays at hotel or resort properties occurring during the promotion period but prior to registration in the promotion will not count toward completion of an offer. Once you have completed a qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property during the promotion period, that stay will be counted towards member reward levels on the Share Forever Internet web site.

The reward levels are as follows:

Reward Level 1

5,000 to 8,000 bonus points will be awarded after your first qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property which operates under one of the brands of InterContinental Hotels Group. which must be completed between Sunday, May 1, 2016 and Tuesday, May 31, 2016 — including both the beginning and end dates. The variable amount is determined by your IHG Rewards Club elite status level — Club: 5,000 bonus points; Gold: 6,000 bonus points; Platinum: 7,000 bonus points; and Spire: 8,000 bonus points.

1,000 bonus points will be awarded after your first qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property which operates under one of the brands of InterContinental Hotels Group which must be completed between Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and Monday, September 5, 2016 — including both the beginning and end dates.

Reward Levels 2 through 5

The specific number of IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program points set forth on your IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program account, customized for you. The amount of points set forth in your account for any of these levels will not change.

My Customized Rewards

As with other promotions from IHG Rewards, this offer various from member to member in terms of maximum number of points which can be earned in a certain number of nights; so your offer may be different from mine, which is as follows:

  • 5,000 bonus points when I stay my first night by May 31, 2016 — otherwise, the offer drops to 1,000 bonus points when I stay my first night between June 1, 2016 through Monday, September 5, 2016
  • Plus 1,200 bonus points when I stay a total of two nights
  • Plus 2,800 bonus points when I stay a total of four nights
  • Plus 20,000 bonus points when I stay a total of nine nights
  • Plus 40,000 bonus points when I stay a total of 34 nights

Rewards to Share With a Friend

You earn the opportunity to designate a friend of your choice — by providing the name and e-mail address of your friend, which will not be used for any other purpose than to fulfill the gift — which to whom a gift of 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points after his or her first qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property which operates under one of the brands of InterContinental Hotels Group; and after fifteen qualified night stays, you earn the opportunity to designate a friend of your choice to receive a free night. Designations of friends must occur on or before Friday, September 30, 2016; and the friend must be 18 years of age or older and reside in North America and South America.

The free night which your friend will enjoy is good at all participating InterContinental Hotels Group hotel and resort properties — excluding Kimpton Hotels property in North America, South America and Central America. The free night is valid at hotels and resorts in the IHG Rewards Club portfolio of brands in North America and South America only; and must be redeemed — and the stay must be completed — by Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The free night is valid for one standard room night rate and applicable taxes only. Rooms are limited; subject to prior sale and availability of allocated resources; and may be unavailable during high demand periods.

The free night may not be transferred; extended beyond the expiration date; redeemed for cash; or re-credited for points. The cancellation policy of an individual hotel or resort property applies to the use of the free night. Cancellation fees apply if cancellation is made outside of the cancellation time period of the hotel or resort property. The free night rules and regulations are subject to change.

These are the rewards I get to share with a friend whom I designate to receive them:

  • 1,000 points to share with a friend when I stay one night by September 5, 2016
  • One free night to share with a friend when I stay 15 nights by September 5, 2016

What a Qualified Night Stay Includes

A qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property includes a stay in any of the hotel and resort properties worldwide which operate under one of the following brands in the InterContinental Hotels Group portfolio:

  • InterContinental
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Candlewood Suites
  • EVEN
  • HUALUXE

What a Qualified Night Stay Does Not Include

A qualified night stay at a hotel or resort property does not include a hotel stay subject to the following rates:

  • Net wholesale individual and group rates
  • Package rates
  • Employee discount rates
  • Friends and family rates
  • Crew rates
  • Special discounted contract rates
  • Seasonal worker or crew rate
  • 50 percent travel club discount rates
  • Travel industry discount rates
  • Distressed passenger rates
  • IHG Rewards Club reward nights or airline hotel reward rates
  • Rates booked through third party Internet web sites; and
  • Complimentary hotel stays

Reaction From FlyerTalk Members

“Wonder if that means no promotion for the rest of the world…like last year” is what FlyerTalk member Saral posted, as FlyerTalk members who are based outside of North America and South America seem to feel slighted and neglected from not being included in promotions such as this one — enough that there is discussion of defecting to another frequent guest loyalty program and also that InterContinental Hotels Group is supposed to be an international lodging company.

Other FlyerTalk members are not convinced that this promotion is lucrative enough in which to participate. “Sadly, no travel I can steer from other brands to IHG and that’s not lucrative enough to mattress run around here”, posted FlyerTalk member CMK10. “I don’t think I’ll be participating much in this one.”

The offer does not seem to add up quite right for FlyerTalk member Thumper: “Headline reads ‘Earn 108,000 bonus points!’ They add up to 102,000 points.”

Suffice to say that many FlyerTalk members are not exactly happy with this promotion.

Summary

Other terms and conditions apply for this promotion.

I have been consisting registering in promotions from IHG Rewards Club — such as the recent Accelerate Promotion where I could have earned 33,500 total bonus points when I completed my offers — on a regular basis; but I have not been actively participating for reasons similar to those expressed by FlyerTalk member CMK10. I simply do not find the promotions and their terms intriguing enough in which to participate…

…but that does not mean that this promotion cannot be significantly rewarding for you. Do ensure that you are registered for it in the event that you meet some or all of the level qualifications to boost your earnings of IHG Rewards Club points — which could potentially translate to as many as 13 nights of stays at hotel and resort properties which participate in PointsBreaks, where you could redeem as few as 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points for a night.

Anyway — as I advised — register now for this promotion, as you have nothing to lose other than a moment of your time…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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