Last year, IHG Rewards announced a points earning agreement with OpenTable. This agreement allows members to earn points when making reservations through OpenTable. Initially launched in the US, it has recently made its way to Australia.
OpenTable may be a familiar name to some. Velocity members have been able to earn points through OpernTable for some time. In Australia, Hilton used to partner with OpenTable, although that partnership seems to have ended about the time the IHG Rewards agreement began.
When making an Open Table booking through IHG, members can earn
- 500 IHG points for their first completed OpenTable reservation via IHG channels
- Each subsequent reservation will earn 300 IHG points when dining at a restaurant at an IHG hotel, or 150 points for any other restaurant
Making a Reservation
In order to earn IHG Rewards points, reservations need to be made either through the IHG Website, or through the IHG App. You do not need to be actually staying in an IHG hotel at the time of the reservation, you just need to make the booking through IHG channels,
You simply search on the area where you are interested in Dining, and OpenTable will give you a list of options. In the mobile App, this looks like
The desktop website, has slightly more information at your fingertips. This includes a map to help you locate the restaurants.
While new earning opportunities are good, it is worth considering the alternatives that may be available. As mentioned, OpenTable partners with Velocity in Australia, and offers 300 Velocity Points per confirmed booking. If you are looking at booking through OpenTable, then earning points in the Velocity program may be more rewarding.