IHG and United Promotion Can Net You up to 15,000 Bonus Miles IHG and United Promotion Can Net You up to 15,000 Bonus Miles

IHG and United Promotion Can Net You up to 15,000 Bonus Miles

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A current promotion from IHG Rewards and United MileagePlus offers members the chance to earn up to 15,000 bonus miles. Bonus miles are given on stays of 2+ nights. You'll need to make some adjustments to your settings, in order to earn these miles. The promotion runs through March 31, 2022, and here's how you can participate.

IHG and United Bonus Miles Promotion

IHG and United Bonus Miles Promotion

Members of United MileagePlus can link their accounts to their IHG Rewards account and earn bonus miles. You'll need to complete the following steps:

  1. Change your earning preference to “Airline Miles” in your IHG account's “preferences” section
  2. Select “United Airlines MileagePlus” as your preferred airline
  3. Book a stay of 2+ nights using the “1,000 Bonus Miles” rate

Key terms:

  • Promotion runs through March 31, 2022.
  • Must elect to earn United miles (meaning you will not earn any IHG points) to take advantage of the promotion.
  • Book a stay of 2+ nights to earn 1,000 bonus miles per stay.
  • Make your reservation through the booking page for the promotion.
  • Maximum earning is 15,000 bonus miles.
  • Must be a member of both IHG Rewards and United MileagePlus.
  • Allow up to 6 weeks for bonus miles to post.
  • Full terms are available here.

AwardWallet user redemption data shows United miles to be worth an average of 2.65¢ each. At this redemption rate, 15,000 United MileagePlus miles would be worth $397.50.

Sample Bookings

IHG and United Bonus Miles Promotion

Since you have to book the special rate for this promotion, is it worth it? How does it match up?

I followed the steps to participate, and I checked rates at these 3 hotels:

  • Crowne Plaza Paris – Republique
  • InterContinental New York Times Square
  • Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown

For the dates and rooms I checked, the rates for “best available” and for the “1,000 Bonus Miles per Stay” were the same. Thus, the promotion is actually a bonus. It's not one of those promotions where you need to book a more expensive rate to earn points.

Our Take

This promotion to earn bonus United miles on IHG stays is not worth rearranging travel plans or doing any type of mattress running. However, if you have some IHG stays coming up and would prefer to earn United miles instead, it could be worthwhile. You could earn up to 15,000 bonus United miles on IHG stays of 2+ nights through March 31, 2022.

You should be able to stack this promotion with other promotions, such as the targeted offer to earn 5,000 bonus points when you stay 2 nights from January 1-31, 2022. Go to the link and try to enroll to see if you're eligible.

Are you planning to take advantage of this promotion?

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  • How do you calculate your award wallet redemption rate to get to a 2.65c per mile valuation? I find United’s points to be consistently worth well under 2c when flying united metal due to their change to dynamic pricing. Possible exception is flying international business class on a star alliance partner where the point amounts are still fixed and the cash price is high.

  • Interesting. I wish I was going to stay somewhere. I could use some more United miles. Since I am planning a trip and need the UA miles this is a valuable promo to me. I won’t stay anywhere just to get this though.

  • 1,000 United miles gets you nowhere. Maybe 5000 would actually entice me to stay at IHG.

  • This is an excellent promotion, other major players should follow

  • There was a deal once where you got both United miles and IHG points for every stay. I guess that is not the case this time. Unless IHG is my only option, I prefer other hotel chains and earning my United points via Chase Ultimate Rewards. Its a decent deal for those who have no other choice of hotels though and can book the flexible rate with Other People’s Money.

  • It looks exiting at first glance to get 1,000 bonus miles, but when you look at the detail as pointed out in the article it is probably not worth it. IHG is my back up to Hilton, so I’m happy enough just to stick to earning IHG points and booking at the cheapest rate.

  • Jose Lovaglio says:

    Excellent blog post!

  • It’ san excellent new. So important to collect bonus.

  • This does not seem to be a good promo. You are actually paying for the miles that you would be getting since you have to pay for the highest hotel rate.

  • United MileagePlus bonus miles will be awarded to your MileagePlus account within 4-6 weeks : normally it’s such headache to follow up about whether those miles was correctly deposited or not. It’s much simple & hassle-free to receive IHG points rather than miles for stays.

  • Excellent information to take into account. This type of news are really useful, specially now the my UA mileage does not expire! thanks!

  • The restrictive offer is only good for topping up your own MileagePlus account.

  • Sounds like way too many hoops to jump through and rules to remember to be woth it.

  • Definitely not a great value here. Would rather have the IHG points even though they aren’t the best.

  • Seems like too much work for 1000 points. Also switching the earning means you won’t get IHG points which usually gives you pretty bad earning rates.