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IHG® Rewards Club guide: The best ways to earn and use IHG points

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Discover how to get the most out of your IHG points.

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IHG is a huge international hotel company, with locations in almost 100 different countries around the globe. Its brands include both budget friendly and luxury hotels – including big names such as Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental. With thousands of properties for travelers on any budget, IHG has something for everyone. If you are a loyalist of an IHG brand or want to take advantage of a large hotel network with locations all over the world, you might want to consider joining IHG Rewards Club to start earning points.

What is IHG Rewards Club?

IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty program for all IHG hotels, allowing members to earn points on hotel stays, spending on a co-branded card and more.

IHG Rewards Club members can redeem their points for a variety of purchases, including free nights at an IHG property, flights and merchandise. Plus, members can transfer points to 39 different travel partners for even more flexibility.

One big drawback to IHG Rewards Club is that its points are inflated, and they might not get you as far as competing programs. However, IHG’s elite benefits are valuable for frequent travelers and can help make up some of the value.

IHG Rewards Club program overview

Type of currencyHotel points
Average point value0.55 cents
Credit cardsIHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card
Redemption optionsFree nights, travel purchase through IHG travel portal, merchandise, digital downloads, charitable donations and more
Minimum required to redeem10,000 points for free night
Do rewards expire?Yes – if your account is inactive for 12 consecutive months
Blackout dates/travel restrictionsNone.
Hotel brandsRegent® Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton®, HUALUXE®, Crowne Plaza®, Voco™, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, avid™ hotels, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites
Hotel coverage
Excellent. 5,000+ properties in nearly 100 countries.
Transfer options
Transfer to 39 airline partners. Transfer ratio for most partners is 5:1.
Best for
  • IHG brand hotel loyalists
  • Worldwide travelers who want a large hotel network
  • Travelers who want property options for any budget
  • Rewards travelers who prefer flexibility over value

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