You can earn points by staying at hotels within the InterContinental Hotels Group's network – which includes InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton properties, among others – and by purchasing goods and services with IHG partner vendors, including GrubHub and OpenTable. If you are an IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card holder or an IHG Rewards Club Traveler 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, EVEN Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resort, Holiday Inn Express and Kimpton 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 GrubHub, OpenTable and a variety of retailers. Plus, you can earn extra points when using your IHG Rewards Club 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 100,000 points per year. Additionally, there are two types of points, only one of which will help you acquire a higher membership status. Elite 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-elite qualifying points, which include promotional points, purchased points and point transfers, can cover free nights or other award 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 70,000 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. Below are the number of points needed for one free night in any room (ranging from standard rooms to premium rooms) in a selection of popular business and leisure destinations:

Destination No. of hotels Cost of room in points
Honolulu 1 35,000
Paris 20 15,000 - 60,000
Orlando 20 15,000
New Orleans 12 15,000 - 40,000
Miami 20 15,000 - 60,000
Cancun 2 35,000
San Juan, PR 1 30,000
Los Angeles 18 25,000 - 70,000
Punta Cana 0 N/A
Vancouver 0 N/A
New York City 42 20,000 - 70,000
Las Vegas 4 20,000 - 60,000
Chicago 10 20,000 - 50,000
San Francisco 17 25,000 - 70,000
Charlotte 15 15,000 - 50,000
Washington, D.C.  32 15,000 - 70,000
Houston 42 10,000 - 20,000
Toronto 5 15,000 - 30,000
Boston 18 20,000 - 40,000
Atlanta 22 15,000 - 40,000

The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News on July 6, 2018. We analyzed room rates for one-night stays arriving Saturday and departing Sunday four weeks from the research date. Only hotels with room availability that sit within a 15-mile radius of each destination are reflected in the above chart.

Points can also be used to cover flight and rental car costs. IHG's partnership with more than 200 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, magazine subscriptions, TSA Precheck application authorization codes and home appliances, among other offers. You may also donate your points to charity through the IHG Foundation.

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