IHG Rewards Club Points
|No. of Hotels in Network||More than 1,000|
|Ease of Earning Free Night|
|About these ratings|
You can earn points by staying at hotels within the InterContinental Hotel Group's network — which include InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn properties, among others — and through spending on goods and services with IHG partner vendors. If you are an IHG Rewards Club MasterCard holder, you can earn additional points at IHG properties worldwide and on purchases you make every day.
The number of points you're able to earn hinges on the hotel where you choose to stay. If you stay at a Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites property, you will earn five points for every dollar spent. Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe Hotels and Resorts, Even Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resort or Holiday Inn Express properties will award you 10 points for every dollar spent. You'll also be rewarded for traveling, dining and shopping with IHG partners, such as Hertz, 1-800-Flowers and a variety of retailers. Plus, you can earn five points per dollar spent on stays at IHG hotels, two points per dollar on grocery store, gas station and restaurant purchases, and one point per dollar on everyday purchases when using your IHG Rewards Club MasterCard. You may also purchase points in 1,000 point increments with a cap of 120,000 points per year (at a maximum of 60,000 points per transaction). Additionally, there are two different types of points, only one of which will help you acquire a higher membership status. Elite qualifying points, which are earned through paying for hotel stays and spending with partner vendors, will help you attain a higher membership status within the program. Non-elite qualifying points, which include promotional points, purchased points and point transfers, can cover free nights or other awards purchases, but will not count toward your membership qualification.
Once you accumulate a certain number of points you can use them to book Reward Nights, which are free nights at any InterContinental Hotel Group location in the world. The number of points required for complimentary nights ranges from 10,000 to 50,000 and varies by property. IHG's Hotels Anywhere program enables you to use points or a combination of points and cash to book stays at more than 70,000 hotels worldwide that are not affiliated with IHG. Below are the numbers of points needed for one free night in a selection of popular business and leisure destinations:
|Destination||No. of hotels||Calculated cost of least expensive room (in points)||Calculated cost of most expensive room (in points)|
|New York City||21||35,000||50,000|
The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News on June 19, 2014. We analyzed room rates for one-night stays arriving Saturday and departing Sunday four weeks from the research date.
Points can also be used to cover flight and rental car costs. IHG's partnership with several air carriers, such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines, allows points to be converted into frequent flier miles. (You can also choose to earn miles rather than points if noted in your IHG Rewards Club preferences, though conversion rates vary by airline.) Points can also be redeemed for gift cards, golf lessons, wine tours and other offers. You may also donate your points to charity.Membership » « Overview
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