8 ways to earn IHG points

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Ways to earn IHG points

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IHG has thousands of properties in cities around the world, making it easy to plan your dream vacation with a stay at one of their hotels. But the nightly rate at high-end hotels such as the InterContinental in Sydney or the Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa will cost you.

If you are hoping to rack up enough IHG points to cover a night at a luxury property, there are plenty of ways to get there. On top of great rewards for stays at IHG hotels, Rewards Club members can earn points for dining, filling out surveys and much more. Check out these eight ways to earn IHG points to learn more.

1. IHG credit cards

Chase offers two cobranded IHG Rewards Club credit cards, both of which include generous sign-up bonuses and great reward rates on IHG hotel stays. If you are hoping to multiply your rewards earning, you might consider signing up for one of these offers.

 

IHG Traveler card
IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card
IHG Premier card
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

Rewards rate

  • 5 points per dollar on IHG hotel stays
  • 2 points per dollar on gas station, grocery store and restaurant purchases
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases
  • 10 points per dollar on IHG hotel stays
  • 2 points per dollar on gas station, grocery store and restaurant purchases
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases

Sign-up bonus

60,000 points if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months

 

  • 80,000 points if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 40,000 additional points if you spend $5,000 total in first 6 months

 

Annual fee

$29
$89

Estimated yearly rewards value ($1,325 monthly spend)

$221
$500

The sign-up bonuses alone on either of the IHG cards are enough for a free night reward in one of IHG’s highest-tiered properties.

Both cards also offer bonus points on gas, grocery and dining purchases on top of IHG hotel stays, opening up new categories to earn IHG rewards. Plus, you can stack rewards with other ways of earning points. For instance, if you have your card linked to the IHG Rewards Club Dining program and eat at a participating restaurant, you’ll earn 2 points per dollar with your IHG credit card as well as the bonus points offered through the dining program.

2. Stay at an IHG brand hotel

The most common way to earn IHG Rewards Club points is on qualifying stays at IHG properties. You’ll earn 10 points for every dollar you spend on stays at most IHG brands (Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites only earn 5 points per dollar).

If you have elite status with the chain, you can boost your rewards earning even further. Each elite status tier earns a percentage of bonus points on top of base points for hotel stays, broken down below.

Elite status tier

Bonus points earned

Gold Elite member

10%

Platinum Elite member

50%

Spire Elite member

100%

3. Groupon purchases

Thanks to a partnership between IHG and Groupon, you can also earn up to 10 IHG points per dollar on purchases made on the popular deal site. You’ll not only save on dining and unique experiences with a Groupon, but get one step closer to your next IHG reward night.

4. IHG Rewards Club Dining

With the IHG Rewards Club Dining program, you can also earn IHG points on dining purchases. The program allows members to link credit and debit cards and earn bonus points for purchases at participating restaurants, automatically. There are hundreds of locations that offer rewards, so be sure you check the program site before dining out.

5. A Greener Stay

If you stay at a participating IHG hotel for at least two consecutive nights, you can earn bonus points for declining housekeeping services. As part of the greener stay program, IHG Rewards Club members earn 500 points for conserving water and energy.

6. Customer surveys

For IHG Rewards Club members with a bit of spare time on their hands, customer surveys can help rack up rewards points. By joining the Opinion Check-In program and completing your first survey, you’ll automatically earn 1,000 points. Plus, you’ll get additional points when you fill out more surveys.

7. Bonus point packages

IHG regularly releases special offers for its members, including bonus points for booking an activity in your vacation destination (1,000 points per booking) or for staying at certain properties on certain dates. You’ll want to keep a close eye on IHG’s website for limited-time deals.

For example, right now IHG is offering at least 40,000 bonus points toward free night rewards for Rewards Club members who stay at any IHG property in between Jan. 15, 2019 and Apr. 30, 2019. You just have to opt in to the deal before March 15.

8. Buy IHG points

Like many rewards programs, IHG also allows members to purchase extra points to top off a balance. However, you’ll want to consider the point value carefully before choosing this option. We value IHG points at 0.55 cents per point when redeemed for a free night reward. When you buy points, you’ll pay between 0.65 cents and 1.35 cents per point. Though you get a better value by buying a larger number of points, you are always paying more than they are worth. Unless you are just shy of being able to redeem a reward and need points in a pinch, stick to earning IHG points another way.

Final thoughts

If you are saving up IHG Rewards Club points for a longer stay or a free night at a luxury hotel, consider other options for racking up IHG points. Beyond points earned for hotel stays, you can earn points on dining, experiences, surveys and more. If you sign-up for an IHG Rewards Club credit card, you can earn points on the spending you do every day.

See related: IHG® Rewards Club guide: The best ways to earn and use IHG pointsHow much are IHG points worth?Best ways to redeem IHG pointsThe benefits of IHG Rewards Club elite statusWhich IHG credit card is best for you?


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Updated: 03-18-2019