IHG Rewards Club has launched a new promotion for dining across Southeast Asia and South Korea, which runs throughout 2021. Members will save up to 20% off the bill, and earn 250 IHG points per US$25 spent.
This is a departure from the chain’s usual policy, where earning points on dining as a non-resident guest is only available within the USA.
IHG Dine Save Earn promotion
IHG’s Dine Save Earn promotion runs from 13 January to 30 December 2021 at participating hotels throughout Southeast Asia and South Korea. You do not need to be an in-house guest to enjoy the promotion.
In Singapore, the following hotels are participating:
- Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (excluding Crystal Jade Pavilion)
- Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
- Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
- Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
- InterContinental Singapore
- Regent Singapore
Guests will save up to 20% off the bill, and enjoy 250 IHG Rewards Club points per US$25 spent. The discount is valid for a maximum group of eight people (not like you can go any larger, given Phase 3 restrictions), and excludes:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Meals included within a room rate
- Seasonal menus
- In-room dining
- Banquets, group and events bookings
- In-room minibar
A minimum spend of US$25 (~S$33) before tax is required to earn points, and points will be awarded in blocks of US$25. In other words, if you spend the equivalent of US$49, you’ll still earn 250 points. 1 IHG point is worth roughly 0.5 US cents, so it’s like a rebate of 5%, assuming you spend US$25 on the dot.
What’s unclear is whether you’ll be able to earn IHG points when you use other discount schemes, like American Express Love Dining. Love Dining recently added Basilico at Regent Singapore to their list of restaurants, so I’ll be sure to test this out soon.
Which hotel chains let you earn points for dining as an outside guest?
This promotion means that Hilton is the only remaining major chain that doesn’t allow members to accrue points for dining when they’re not staying at the hotel.
|Chain||Dining points for outside guest?|
|*USA, South Korea, South East Asia only|
Only Hyatt and Shangri-La award elite bonuses for non-resident dining; for example, a regular Golden Circle member earns 1 point per US$1 spent, while a Jade member earns 1.25 points per US$1.
The points represent a rather minuscule return on your spending, so the real attraction here is the 20% discount. Do remember that blackout dates and exclusion periods (e.g Chinese New Year) may apply, so make it a point to ask at the point of reservation.
Otherwise, it’s a free 20% off for even regular IHG Rewards Club members, so there’s no reason not to take it.