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You can earn points by staying at hotels within the InterContinental Hotels Group's network – which include InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn properties, among others – and by purchasing goods and services with IHG partner vendors, including Uber. If you are an IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card holder, you can earn additional points at IHG properties worldwide and on purchases you make. You can also opt to donate your points to the IHG Foundation, an organization launched in 2016 that is dedicated to helping communities develop and overcome disasters.

Earning Points

The number of points you're able to earn depends 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 and 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, Uber and a variety of retailers. Plus, you can earn extra points when using your IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card. You can also choose to earn miles rather than points if noted in your IHG Rewards Club preferences, though conversion rates may vary by airline. You may also purchase points in 1,000-point increments with a cap of 60,000 points per year. Additionally, there are two types of points, only one of which will help you acquire a higher membership status. Qualifying points, which are earned when paying for hotel stays and spending with partner vendors, will help you attain elite status within the program. Non-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.

Using Points

Once you accumulate a certain number of points, you can use them to book reward nights, which are free nights at any InterContinental Hotels Group location in the world. The number of points required for complimentary nights ranges from 10,000 to 60,000 and varies by property. You can also participate in the Points & Cash program, which allows you to contribute at least 5,000 points toward your stay and pay the rest in cash, cutting down on costs. The amount of points and cash needed varies by property. IHG's Hotels Anywhere program enables you to use points or a combination of points and cash to book stays at hotels worldwide that are not affiliated with IHG. Below are the number of points needed for one free night in a selection of popular business and leisure destinations:

Destination No. of hotels Cost of room in points
Honolulu 0 N/A
Paris 16 15,000 - 60,000
Orlando 21 15,000 - 40,000
New Orleans 13 15,000 - 50,000
Miami 28 15,000 - 50,000
Cancun 2 30,000
San Juan, PR 1 25,000
Los Angeles 33 15,000 - 50,000
Punta Cana 0 N/A
Vancouver 3 15,000
New York City 49 15,000 - 60,000
Las Vegas 7 20,000 - 60,000
Chicago 33 10,000 - 35,000
San Francisco 22 20,000 - 60,000
Charlotte 20 10,000 - 15,000
Washington, D.C.  41 10,000 - 55,000
Houston 68 10,000 - 25,000
Toronto 22 15,000 - 40,000
Boston 26 15,000 - 40,000
Atlanta 44 15,000 - 30,000

The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News on TKTKTK. 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 more than 400 air carriers, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines, allows points to be converted into frequent flyer miles. Points can also be redeemed for gift cards, classic car purchases and home appliances, among other offers. You may also donate your points to charity through the IHG Foundation.

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