Do IHG Rewards Points Expire?

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Yes. For non-elite members, your IHG Rewards points expire if you have 12 months of inactivity. Points don't expire for elite members.

Per the IHG FAQs, 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 never expire.

redeem your IHG Rewards points to keep them from expiring

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IHG suspended the expiration of all IHG Rewards points to December 31, 2022. You can check out our comprehensive list of airline and hotel programs that have suspended points expiration.

What Counts As Activity?

IHG Hotels & Resorts Defines activity in its terms and conditions as follows:

To maintain the Points in your membership account, you must have at least one “earn” or “redeem” transaction posted to your account every twelve (12) months.

Keep in mind that if you hold the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card, which comes with a free night certificate, redeeming this for a stay does not count as a “redeem” activity. Per the IHG terms and conditions:

Use of the one night per year provided to IHG Rewards Club credit cardholders does not constitute an “earn” or “redeem” activity to prevent Point expiration.

Earning IHG Rewards Points to Avoid Expiration

The most obvious points-earning option is through stays at IHG properties. However, if you are unable to book a stay during a 12-month period, there are several other ways you can still earn points with IHG and keep your points active. These include:

Transferring Points to IHG Rewards

Redeeming IHG Rewards Points to Avoid Expiration

The options for redeeming your IHG points are diverse. You can redeem your points as follows:

The 12-month clock resets when you redeem points from your account. In the past, members could generate activity by making a points redemption and then canceling it later. However, IHG has closed this workaround. The terms and conditions now read:

If you redeem Points for a Stay and subsequently cancel that Stay, the redemption activity does not prevent Point expiration.

The 12-month clock should still reset if you make a points redemption. Just beware if you need to make a change or cancellation to that reservation. If you don't have any other qualifying activity in the past 12 months, your points may be subject to expiration.

IHG Brand Revamp

IHG has recently announced a revamp to its brand. While these amounted to several cosmetic and name changes to the brand, like dropping the term “club” from IHG Rewards Club, not much more has been said. Over the next few months, some more changes could be announced, although we will have to wait and see.

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  • Useful info here…. I remember they used to have some survey program too you could get like 5 points with to keep from expiring?

    Maybe I’ll try opentable

  • Susan Johnson says:

    I’ve been using the IHG Open Table with random success. Sometimes I can make a booking, sometimes every restaurant listing says ‘no tables available witin 2.5 hours of your booking request’. Even though there are table available at the same restaurants via the standard Open Table site. Any idea how to get around tis?

  • I was very pleased to see that my Feb 2020 anniversary night, which was due to expire in Feb 2021, is still valid up until end of December 2021. The Feb 2021 anniversary night, will then expire just 5 weeks later at start of Feb 2022.

    As someone above has mentioned, The Kimpton Clocktower in Manchester, UK (Principal) is indeed a lovely hotel

  • Sometimes, using the points I bough some digital book or magazine in order to extend the validity of IHG points.

  • Heide Rendleman says:

    I like the option of extending the deadline for my IHG points. That is great!

  • I prefer Hilton but IHG is my back up scheme. I like that redemptions in IHG are generally better value than Hilton, but one irritation is that only basic rooms are generally available for points.

  • Good to know this –> Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IHG suspended the expiration of all IHG Rewards points to June 30, 2021.

  • This is great news, very good information

  • I guess I’d have to have an IHG account for them to expire. Never stayed at an IHG hotel and have no plans to at the moment.

  • Interesting article, always like to keep up on exp. policies.

    • JT Genter says:

      Thanks for the feedback! We are working through refreshes of all of our expiration policy posts. Aiming to do one a week, so stay tuned for more! 🙂

  • Although redeeming the free night that comes with the IHG® credit card does not reset your expiration date, does it not grant you platinum status?

    In that way, because you are an Elite member, your points don’t expire anyway. Where am I missing something here?

    • JT Genter says:

      Great point! Indeed, by having the IHG Premier (or legacy Select) card, you avoid expiration. But, if you close your account (but still have a free night after all of the recent extensions), you’ll be subject to expiration even if you redeem that night.

  • This says “Note that the 12-month clock is reset when you redeem points from your account. If you end up needing to cancel that booking and redeposit the points, your activity clock has not adjusted back to the original date. So, a great way to generate activity would be to make a points redemption, even if you might need to cancel it later.”

    Is that still true? I read (on a different site) that they’ve changed this, and you can’t keep points alive this way anymore. It’d be worth double-checking.

    • JT Genter says:

      You’re exactly right. This was a workaround, but it’s been closed now. We have updated the post to fix this.

      • Too bad — I was hoping it still worked (it was a useful workaround). But thanks for checking, and for updating the post.

  • I’ve stayed at some great IHG hotels in the UK. Can’t recommend ‘The Principal’ in Manchester enough. Well worth a visit.

  • They should stop the expiration of the points especially since the pandemic is still ongoing.

    • JT Genter says:

      IHG has paused it through June 30, 2021. In case they don’t extend that, we wanted to make sure members generate qualifying activity!

  • Thank you for the information. I usually buy IHG points once a year when they offer a 100% bonus on purchased points

  • I have some points that are about to a expire, so I used the IHG dining club to extend for one year. Great perk!

  • Renting a car to extend the expiration date is very straightforward.

  • Does Elite status (Spire) also prevent expiration?

  • I think IHG should introduce the account pooling feature as well.

  • Damien Keddie says:

    Are IHG extending expiry date for non-elites due to COVID-19? If so, by how much?

  • Angelo fonseca says:

    it’s good that they stopped the expiration of the points because of the pandemic.

  • Although there are numerous ways to prevent IHG points from expiring, it’s still been considered as one of the hospitality programs which provides the shortest validity period, which is one year only. Most of the program points do not expire until inactivity after two years or even three years. Still, IHG has quite many brands and hotels around the world, and it’s much possible to extend the validity of points from simply staying. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica Arbai says:

    Excellent that the IHG points do not expire for Elite Members, thank goodness!

  • For those with IHG Rewards elite status points don’t expire, but anniversary nights do. Therefore, given that many of us are not traveling during the pandemic, I’m glad IHG is extending the expiration dates for anniversary nights. I now have four nights (two each for 2019 and 2020), although only three appear in my IHG online account and app, I’m waiting for IHG to make the fourth one visible.

  • So if I undestand corrtly, in order to create activity, I can book an IHG hotel stay (on 3/7/21 for example) and  
    cancel it (on 3/23/21 for example, so my points would be redeposited on 3/23/21)
    then my points expiration date would be adjusted to 2/23/22?

    Please let me know if I understand this correctly.

    • JT Genter says:

      That’s how it used to work. Unfortunately, IHG changed the terms and conditions (and we have now updated the post to reflect this change). If you redeem points on 3/7/2021, your expiration will extend to 3/7/2022. However, if you cancel, the expiration date resets to what it used to be.

  • Thanks for the great info!

  • Anyone know if your rewards night for 2020 expired? I did not use mine due to the pandemic and haven’t really followed up to see if that will carry over to this year or if it’s just a loss.

  • 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.