IHG Partners With OpenTable and Grubhub to Offer Points for Meals
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We at The Points Guy are always intrigued when there are new ways to earn points and miles for everyday tasks. So, we’re excited to learn about a new partnership between IHG Rewards and OpenTable and Grubhub.
Starting today, you can earn IHG Rewards points just for eating meals — whether you’re dining out or staying in. You simply have to make your reservations or place your delivery order through IHG platforms, including the chain’s app, website and the IHG Connect homepage that you’re directed to upon connecting to the Wi-Fi at IHG properties. Here are the details of each partnership:
Grubhub: Effective today, you can now order Grubhub for delivery to over 1,000 Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels in the US. You’ll earn 500 points for the first order and 250 points for each subsequent Grubhub transaction via IHG channels.
TPG currently values IHG points at 0.7 cents per point, meaning your first order will net you $3.50 worth of points and each future order will get you $1.75 value. Sure, that’s not a huge amount of points, but it could be a decent return on your delivery order cost.
OpenTable: Like the Grubhub partnership, the OpenTable partnership is only available in the US for now, but will be expanded to the UK and Australia “by the end of the 2017.” IHG members will score 500 points for the first completed OpenTable reservation made through IHG channels. Future completed reservations will earn 300 points each for restaurants located on IHG hotel properties and 150 points at off-site restaurants.
Using TPG valuations, that’s $3.50 in value for your first reservation, $2.10 each for future reservations at IHG hotels and $1.05 each for off-site reservations.
You’re not going to earn a tremendous amount of points with these promotions, but you might as well rack up some free points for doing activities that you’re going to do anyways. As an added bonus, IHG members already get 10x points for every dollar spent at IHG restaurant properties (except Kimpton hotels) that are billed to your room. Pay for your stay with your Chase Sapphire Reserve to pay for your hotel bill for 3x Ultimate Rewards points.
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