by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | November 17, 2017
In a first of its kind, the InterContinental Hotels Group and Chicago-based Grubhub, the online and mobile food-ordering company, have announced a collaboration that will allow IHG Rewards Club members to earn points for ordering food on Grubhub via IHG's online and mobile channels when staying at the company's more than 1,000 Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites brands in the U.S. The move likely will be welcomed by business travelers seeking a meal when staying at limited-service properties that offer little in the way of dining options.
 
"We're always looking to satisfy our diners' cravings by offering them the broadest and best set of local restaurants, whether they're at home or on the go," said Stan Chia, chief operating officer of Grubhub in a statement announcing the partnership. "Together with IHG, we're making it easier than ever for travelers in 1,000 IHG locations across the country to enjoy a city's unique food scene and discover local cuisines, even when they prefer to dine in the comfort of their hotel room."
 
"Our members have told us that they want more ways to earn points while dining, and this innovative program with Grubhub is an easy way to get rewarded for ordering delivery to their hotel room," said Liz Crisafi, IHG's head of loyalty, partnerships and portfolio marketing, the Americas, in a statement. "This new benefit now gives our members the ability to create an even better food and beverage experience and represents another great way we are evolving the IHG Rewards Club to meet their needs throughout the entire travel process."
 
Grubhub currently works with 75,000 restaurant partners in over 1,300 U.S. cities and London. Members will earn 500 IHG Rewards Club points the first time they order via IHG channels with Grubhub and 250 points for each subsequent Grubhub transaction via IHG channels. To earn points for Grubhub, members must order or book through IHG channels, including the IHG App, IHG website and IHG Connect, the on-property WiFi experience at IHG properties.