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IHG Rewards Club Membership

Overall Score 3.5-stars
No. of Hotels in Network More than 1,000
Brand Diversity 4.0-stars
Geographic Coverage 5.0-stars
Ease of Earning Free Night 1.0-stars
Additional Benefits 4.0-stars
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Membership Levels

You can qualify for different membership levels depending on how often you stay at IHG properties and how many points you earn in a calendar year. The Rewards Club program is divided into three levels: Club Elite, Gold Elite and Platinum Elite. You can also become an InterContinental Ambassador for an extra fee or a Royal Ambassador by exclusive invitation.

Club Elite

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Priority check-in/out

When you enroll in the Rewards Club program, you are automatically granted Club Elite status and receive the basic membership benefits: You qualify to collect points and miles, your points will never expire and you won't experience blackout dates for Reward Nights. You will also be able to take advantage of later checkout times and receive complimentary weekday newspapers. You will maintain Club Elite status if you stay with IHG at least one qualified night per year.

Gold Elite

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities

If you stay between 15 and 49 nights in a calendar year at any IHG hotel or accrue 20,000 points, you will become a Gold Elite member in the Rewards Club program. On top of the benefits afforded by Club Elite Status, you will also qualify for priority check-in and you will get a 10 percent bonus in addition to the points accumulated during each stay.

Platinum Elite

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities

Once you stay at an IHG property for 50 or more times in a calendar year (or accrue 60,000 points), you will be rewarded with Platinum Elite status. On top of the benefits offered in the Club Elite and Gold Elite levels, you'll receive complimentary room upgrades, guaranteed room availability and a 50 percent earnings bonus on top of your base points.

Ambassador Status

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities

For $200 a year, you can supplement your membership with the InterContinental Ambassador Status. If you have not yet achieved Gold Elite status, the purchase of InterContinental Ambassador status will upgrade you to that level. You will also receive extra perks and gifts like a fruit basket, a free in-room movie, a guaranteed room upgrade, a private check-in area and a late checkout. However, these benefits are only awarded by InterContinental properties, although your Gold Elite status will be honored by other IHG brands.

Royal Ambassador Status

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities

The Royal Ambassador Status, the highest tier within the IHG Rewards Club, is only granted via exclusive invitation from the Rewards Club. If you're invited to be a Royal Ambassador, you will receive a guaranteed upgrade to a suite, an Executive room or a Club InterContinental room where you can enjoy complimentary beverages from the minibar. You'll also have access to the Club Lounge and all hotel health facilities.

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