Stays vs. Nights
What’s the difference?
A Stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/check-out.
Why is it important?
Some bonus points offers are based on stays not nights. So if you’re staying two weeks in a hotel you will only get one qualifying stay.
Additionally this applies to Intercontinental stays were points are awarded per stay and not on spend.
How can I get around it?
Theoretically checking in and out doesn’t work (although has been known to occasionally work in practice ). So what’s the alternative? Moving between two hotels each night of your stay! Hard work but if you want the points it’s the only way. You might feel happier changing every couple of nights – just depends how badly you want those points. Typically there might be two IHG hotels within a short distance so this isn’t a massive problem (such as the IC Mark Hopkins and the IC San Francisco).