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I wrote about this a few months ago, but someone over on the Points With a Crew miles and points Slack channel reminded me about it, so I thought it was worth a PSA reminder

You get free IHG points on your birthday

IHG has been giving people 1000 points on the date listed as your birthday in your profile.


So if you haven’t set your birthday in your IHG profile, it’s worth a quick click to make sure.  Yeah it’s only 1000 points (per year), but hey, could it BE any easier?

How to set your birthday on your profile

Setting your birthday in your IHG profile is pretty easy.  Head over to, log in and then click on your name in the top right corner.  That will take you to your my account page.  Personal Information is the 2nd choice on the left.


Down at the bottom, there’s a spot to (optionally) set your birthday.

Gaming the system?

Now I don’t know if you’re like me, but my first thought in such a situation was to immediately set my birthday to the current day, and then keep setting it to the next day after getting my 1000 points.

Well, IHG is on to scoundrels like you and I, because once your birthday is set, you can’t edit online any more


You’ll have to call in if you want to change it.  I don’t know how many times they’d let you change it over the phone, but I’d imagine it’s fewer than 365 😛

Did you know about the IHG birthday free points?

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