Do IHG® Rewards Club Points Expire?

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Yes, IHG Rewards Club points expire if you have no activity on your account for 12 months. If you have elite status within the IHG Rewards program, your points will not expire. Per the IHG FAQ's, you need to either earn or redeem points during a 12-month period to keep your points from expiring. As long as you have some activity on your account, then your points will stay current and will never expire. Exact terminology from the IHG® Rewards Club Global Membership Terms and Conditions is:

Expiration of points. Points do not expire unless your account becomes inactive for any period of twelve (12) months or longer. To maintain the points in your account, you must have at least one earn or redeem transaction posted to your account every twelve (12) months. If you do not keep your account active for any period of twelve (12) months or more, all of your points may expire which means your points will be removed from your account and are no longer able to be redeemed. Points in your account do not expire for all current Elite members, although all of your points may expire twelve (12) months after your account moves to Club level from an Elite level without earn or redeem activity.

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How Can I Earn IHG Rewards Club Points?

The most obvious points-earning option is through stays at IHG properties—if; however, you are unable to book a stay during the next 12 months, there are several other ways you can still earn points with IHG and keep your points active. When you redeem the points from your account the 12-month clock is reset, if you cancel that booking and redeposit the points it does not adjust the clock back to the original time, so, yes, you can make a booking and then cancel it to reset your timer.

Credit Cards

The easiest way to earn regular points with IHG is through IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, which not only earns you points on qualifying spend but also comes with automatic Platinum Elite status. You can also transfer points from other credit card reward programs including Chase and Amex. This card has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $89.

Car Rental Partners

IHG has partnered with several car rental companies, and the deals allow you to earn IHG points whenever you rent cars with them.

  • Avis: earn 125 points per day on qualifying rentals at participating location worldwide
  • Budget: earn 125 points per day on qualifying rentals at participating location worldwide
  • Hertz: earn 1,500 points plus an additional 500 points per day on qualifying rentals as well as a 35% discount on rentals

Other Earning Options

IHG has partnered up with the survey partner Opinion Check, and by registering and completing a survey which should only take a few minutes, you can pick up a 1,000-point bonus, as well as regular points for completing online surveys.

You can also purchase IHG points, although it is best to wait till there is a promotion offering bonus points on purchases. You can buy points for yourself or someone else as a gift; however, only the account where the miles are deposited receives a reprieve on expiration.

Redeeming Points

The options for redeeming your IHG points are diverse and are not just limited to Reward Nights. You can redeem your points as follows:

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  • Has anyone had luck getting points reinstated? I just had 60,000 points expire in my wife’s account that we forgot about.

    • Not to my knowledge, but it never hurts to call customer service and ask. Make sure you have your wife’s account linked to AwardWallet so you receive alerts before points expire.

  • bonus. But I just used my free night and don’t need and points on here right now. Thanks!

  • I used the IHG dining club at one restaurant to extend my miles by a year.

  • Lost all my points when they went from “never expire” to 12 months. Tried to get them back by pointing out how easy it was to keep the account active – IF YOU KNOW POINTS NOW EXPIRE – and stating I would have done so if I had ever been notified of the new policy. They blew me off. I’ll use other chains.

  • You can also buy a few points in their shop to extend the expiration date. I haven’t been using these as much as the other point types.

  • If you book a stay at an IHG property through any means besides directly through their own websites or when you show up at the property, you will earn no points. I found this out the hard way.

  • I am so glad to hear this does not count as the chase 5/24 I will be applying for this tonight

  • It’s worth the $49 for the credit card. Keeps points from expiring and get a free night at basically any IHG property once a year. In addition the 10% rebate on reward redemptions is awesome. Even though I rarely use the card unless using for a point bonus promotion, I get a lot of value from having it.

  • I love Opinion Check-In for keeping our accounts alive, because even if disqualified from the survey, one earns 5 points “just for trying”.

  • Great program for earning and redeeming points (esp for those with families); not so much for elite benefits.

  • Its so easy to keep points from expiry that by making them to expire IHG just added unnecessary hassle to its loyal customer in my view. Maybe their aim is that someone will simly forget to extend points validity or something.

  • I find the surveys to be an easy way to save points. Even if you don’t “qualify” for the survey, you get 5 points. Obviously, that isn’t enough points to care about, but it does reset the clock and extend your expiration date.

  • With so many ways to extend the life of your points there is no reason to let them expire. Thanks for the great info.

  • It’s a good thing that points do not expire if you are an elite member. Didn’t know that.

  • I had 2k points, never used them or had any plans, so they expired. I’ll have to look for this list next time.

  • Lot of partners to keep the points.
    Anyway, I have some points here since a couple of years and I haven’t found any good redemption.
    The hotels offering a quite good redemption are not a lot and the points break of the latest 2-3 years are in localities (and I bet the majority of travellers) I am not interested.

  • Jacqueline Parsons says:

    Plenty of transfer partners to use to keep your ihg account alive out there, try virgin atlantic amongst others.

  • Binita Patel says:

    Good info on IHG points – will remember to do something to keep mine alive!

  • oh platinum member the points do not expire? so just keep the IHG card would be fine?

  • Is this a Chase card? Subject to 5/24??

  • Great info. I have to do something soon keep these points alive. Regretfully I don’t stay at too many IHG properties

  • You can also buy an e-book for as little as a few points on IHG’s site to keep your account and points active and extended for another year.

  • IF you redeem for an award night and then later on cancel the booking and the points go back to your card, is this considered an activity and you can just keep doing this?

  • If you are platinum or spire, the points will not expire

  • You also can make exchange on site to prevent expiry

  • I wonder how the free annual night on the credit card affects this

  • Only the truly lazy can’t manage to book a reward and cancel it every 11 or so months…

    But thanks to Award Wallet we get a reminder! 🙂

  • sweet!! Thanks for the reminder on this!

  • Does anyone dabble very much in the IHG rewards program, to the point where you’re earning points from something other than stays? I will stay in a Holiday Inn property every now and again so I have a few points, but the points are valued so low that it seems silly to use IHG as an UR transfer partner or to use IHG for partner rewards when they all can also get you United miles or whatever. I haven’t really figured out how to maximize this rewards program…any advice would be much appreciated!

  • I love my Chase IHG credit card, not for every day spend, but for the annual free night. A nice hotel in an expensive location for $49, what a deal!

  • thanks for the update on IHG! I do the surveys and never have to worry until my brain can’t do the surveys ;o)

  • Thanks for the reminder, now if their web site wasn’t down I could check on my points 😉

  • Hi you didn’t mention as an elite member your points don’t expire .

  • As I said recently, there should never be a reason for points to expire unless you purposely do so. Most programs have portals, or surveys as noted above, etc. It’s too easy to keep points active to ever lose them.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    The digital rewards start from (I think) 300 points. This is a fairly easy and cheap way to keep points alive.

  • If you a book a stay 11 months out, then end up cancelling it (plan can change etc etc), does the expiry date get pushed even further out?

  • IHG is also an E-rewards and an E-miles partner so you if you like those programs, miles can be earned that way.

    Until a few months ago, those miles were elite-qualifying so a lot of people used the E-rewards survey awards to move up to the next elite level. Unfortunately, they caught on and now they post as bonus miles.

  • Bertrand Say says:

    I believe as long as you have status the points do not expire.