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IHG Rewards Club Membership

Overall Score 4.5-stars (4.47)
No. of Hotels in Network More than 1,000
Property Diversity 5.0-stars
Geographic Coverage 5.0-stars
Ease of Earning Free Night 4.0-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, Gold Elite and Platinum Elite. You can also become an InterContinental Ambassador for an extra fee or a Royal Ambassador by exclusive invitation.

Club

Benefits include:

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

When you enroll in the Rewards Club program, you are automatically granted Club status and receive basic membership benefits: You qualify to collect points or 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 late checkout times, free Internet access and complimentary newspapers. You will maintain Club 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. You can also earn Gold Elite status more quickly by staying 10 qualifying nights across a minimum of three IHG brands within a calendar year. 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. To maintain Gold Elite status, you will need to stay the minimum required nights or earn the minimum elite qualifying points each year.

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 50 or more times in a calendar year (or accrue 60,000 points), you will be rewarded with Platinum Elite status. If you stay 40 nights across four different IHG brands, you'll also be granted 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 (as long as you book at least three days in advance) and a 50 percent earnings bonus on top of your base points. You will need to stay a minimum of 50 nights or accrue 60,000 points each year to re-qualify for Platinum Elite status.

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, purchasing InterContinental Ambassador status will upgrade you to that membership tier. You will also receive extra perks and gifts, including a fruit basket, a free in-room movie, a guaranteed room upgrade, a private check-in area and a late checkout. These benefits are only awarded by InterContinental properties; however, 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. Royal Ambassadors are awarded one Royal referral certificate per year, which can be used to nominate any existing Ambassador to Royal Ambassador status.

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