Elite Welcome Points (gift)

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  1. DJP_707
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    Has anyone else notice that IHG hotels (HI and HIE) are now giving out 500 bonus points as a welcome gift to platinum members? My last two stays (last week) both had the front desk during check in offer me a snack and bottle water or 500 bonus points. Well I took the points both times and by the time I got to my room and turned on the computer they had already posted to my account.

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    Welcome Bonus Points - Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites BOSTON GARDEN
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    Hotel Promotion Bonus Points - Holiday Inn Welcome
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    Right, DJP707, I received points from HI and HI Express and 600 from Crowne Plaza. When they offer a drink and a snack, it means you have to pay for your partner's drink.
     
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    Thanks for the Link. I did not see that post before, probably because it was geared toward the UK.
    But I'm glad to see it's rolling out in the US now. It's not much but it's better then nothing and it requires the hotel to at least acknowledge your status.
     
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    10 of those 500 pointers could get you a PB stay ! :)
     
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    I have a point break stay coming up for Valentines Day (don't tell my wife I cheaped out on the room)
    But It will be fun to see if you get the welcome gift on reward stays too.
    That would really make the stay cheap, 500 bonus points and the 10% CC rebate (500 points)
     
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    +1. Also, I envy countries with those affiliated CC that helps earn status / points / miles.
    Such credit cards are limited if not non-existent where I stay.
     
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    Do they only offer this to Platinum members? I have never received an offer as a Gold.
     
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    I think this may vary from hotel to hotel. Got a 1000 point voucher (or water or drink) as the welcome in Atlanta last week at a HI north of the city. took the points
     
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    Yeah, good choice. that's one fifth of the points required for one-night redemption of a Point Break hotel ;)
     
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    1000 is nice!, I've only been offered 500 so far.
     
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    During stays at HIE Amsterdam in December '13 I also got this offer as plat member, voucher for 300 points or voucher for drinks.
     
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    In january 2014 during my stay in CP Prague I did not get any voucher as plat member.
     
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    Just completed a points break stay at a crowne plaza. Upon check in welcomed as platinum member given water and chips and asked if I would like free breakfast for one person (even though my wife was standing next to me) or 1000 point voucher (which can deposited anytime to any account), as my elite welcome gift. I took the points.
    then was informed I was upgraded to a suite, and was placed in a quiet zone floor. At the time I had no idea what the quiet zone was. However on the way to our room we noticed the following sign
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    The hotel was older but the room was clean and comfortable, the upgrade was nice and since I booked a point break for 5000 points, and got a 1000 point voucher and will get a 10% rebate from the IHG credit card, it was a really sweet deal.
     
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    I just got back from a trip with 4 nights at IHG branded Hotels...

    EWR CP 400 Points for Gold (not posted yet)
    HNL HI 300 Points for Gold (Posted)
    HKG HI (No Offer Made, No Room Upgrade, & Nothing for Gold)
     
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    checked into an IC today and was offered 5 different gift options as RA

    I made the easy choice of 1000 points :D
     
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    Just stayed at hotel Indigo, got no offer, no recognition, and they even tried to downgrade my room from a king to a queen. This was the first hotel this year that offered no welcome gift (points) for platinum. At my last stay at a HI the lady was very nice an even asked if I was familiar with the new IHG policy of offering welcome gifts to elites at all IHG hotels. (first time I heard it confirmed that it's suppose to be at all hotels). So far I've seen 1000 points at ICH, 1000 at crowne plaza, 500 at HI, HIE. And the Crowne plaze even gave me the points on point break award stay.
     
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    if you have been married as long as I have, your wife knows that you didn't pay rack for the room:D

    As a Plat, only 500 points for me, at Candlewood, HI, HIX properties
     
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    She knows. 21 years married.
     
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    Stayed at HIR in Aruba few days ago. No bonus points offer for given at the check in, but we got free breakfast for two for all 4 nights (one night paid through Rocketmiles, another one free and the last two booked on IHG site). Not sure if they offer that to everyone though. We also got a very nice upgrade to an ocean front room. PLT AMB with IHG.
     
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    I would NEVER stay in a hotel where I couldn't sing in the shower or bring my marching band!
     
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    Just came back from Australia, stayed at Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza hotels..no Elite bonus point system implemented for this part of the world yet,but was offered red wine and chocolates in our rooms at Intercontinental, parents in law were impressed!
     
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    Stayed at Seattle (Candlewood Suites).

    Although I was not asked, they did post 500 points to my account.
    I was also thanked for being a Platinum and was told that my room was upgraded to a Suite.
    That, however is debatable as I booked a suite!
    Regardless, I only needed a room to crash for "part" of the night so I was not too picky.

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    I will be in London in early Apr and enquired about Platinum benefits at a HIX, was informed that there was no room upgrade opportunity but would be given i think 250 or 500 points...
     
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    I got 400 Points as a welcome gift from the IC EZE on a BRG Stay. :D
     

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