Redeem IHG Rewards Points and Free Nights for Maximum Value

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IHG Rewards is the quiet underdog of hotel rewards programs with more than 5,000 properties spread across the globe covering every taste and budget. Free nights start as low as 10,000 IHG Rewards points, and redemptions top out at 70,000 points per night for IHG’s top-of-the-range InterContinental properties.

Chase recently increased the signup bonus on the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card to 150,000 bonus points, so we think now is a great time to highlight IHG Rewards' best value redemptions, and outline a few program sweet spots to ensure you’re getting maximum value from your points.

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
Annual Fee$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $89
Welcome Bonus Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Enjoy a Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide. Plus, enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn up to 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn®
  • Earn 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • 2X points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • 1X point per $1 spent on all other purchases

The earning for spending at IHG hotels breaks down as follows:
  • Earn 10X points for being a IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Cardmember
  • Earn 5X points from IHG® with Platinum Elite Status, a benefit of having this card
  • Earn 10X points from IHG® for being an IHG® Rewards Club Member (Being a cardholder is not required to earn this bonus for participating in the IHG® loyalty program)

Maximize IHG Rewards Premier Card Reward Night Certificates

While no longer the unrestricted free night of old, IHG Reward Night certificates can provide a ton of value, allowing you to stay in any IHG hotel worth up to 40,000 points per night.

Below are a few of our favorite IHG properties to redeem IHG Anniversary Night Certificates.

InterContinental Bangkok

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Located in the heart of Southeast Asia's most vibrant city, Intercontinental Bangkok is a stylish hub from which to explore some of the world's best street food. Just a few blocks from Lumphini park and with easy access to some of the city's main transit lines, this is one of our top recommendations to redeem the new IHG free night certificate.

Hotel Indigo London – Leicester Square

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Located deep in the bohemian quarter of West End, the Hotel Indigo London – Leicester is a classic representation of old-world glamour meeting modern British architecture. Inspired by the cinematic history of West End, it's the perfect base from which to enjoy London's best food or catch a show at the theatre.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

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Nestled on the edge of the stunning Natadola Bay on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, Intercontinental Fiji is home to 35 acres of luxury dining, spa experiences, an 18-hole championship golf course, and direct access to pristine reefs and beaches.

InterContinental Wellington

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Never an easy destination to travel on points and miles, New Zealand is nonetheless a bucket list destination for almost every award traveler. The Intercontinental Wellington is situated right on the harbor near the famous Te Papa Museum, and within walking distance to the capital's best food, music, and culture. A perfect destination to use the new free night certificate offered by IHG.

Redeem IHG Rewards Points for Maximum Value

Most IHG properties will land a value of around 0.4/0.6¢ per point redemption value, a far cry from the 2 or 3 cents per point you’ll receive redeeming World of Hyatt points for accommodation. But considering how easy IHG points are to accumulate, that can present excellent value.

Below we’ve compiled a sample of our favorite IHG properties to redeem for free nights. They may not offer the loftiest cent per point values, but on the whole, they provide a quality mix of value, good food, facilities, or simply; location, location, location.

The prevailing wisdom that you need to squeeze every fraction of a cent from your points is often overruled in this list by the idea that we would rather pay points than cash for any hotel stay—provided we are getting a half-decent return on time invested collecting the points.

Hotel Indigo Anaheim

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At 30,000 points per night and within walking distance to California Disneyland, the Hotel Indigo Anaheim is the perfect base to explore the best that Disney has to offer, and then provide a quiet and comfortable space to retreat to when you’ve had enough of the crowds.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

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The InterContinental Danang is not one of IHG’s cheapest locations at 50,000 points per night. It is, however, one of the most sublime destinations they offer. A half-hour drive from Danang airport and just 45 minutes from the seafood paradise that is Hoi An, the Sun Peninsula Resort would typically set you back in the order of $470, returning a value of 0.94 cents per point.

InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

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One of my favorite afternoons at Intercontinental Koh Samui was spent poolside drinking cocktails while our son had his first Muay Thai lesson at the gym over the hill. It doesn’t present the same value as Danang, with a standard room fetching 50K points or roughly $360, but still, pulls a respectable 0.72 cents per point. When the sun starts to set, talk a walk down the beach, and you can catch the local farmers taking their water buffalo for a swim.

Hotel Indigo Del Mar

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The Indigo Del Mar is a boutique hotel in the seaside haven of Del Mar, just north of San Diego, California. It is the kind of property that reminds you why it’s good to take a sneaky weekend away to a quiet location without having to cross an ocean to get there.

This is only a tiny fraction of the 5,000+ hotels available to IHG members, with many more gems spread around the globe and an almost endless array of options for members both inside and outside the US.

Buy IHG Rewards Points at Top Value Rates

We covered this strategy in some detail in a recent post; however, we don’t recommend abusing this process, or you risk closer scrutiny of your account and redemption activities than you may wish. The process is simple and leverages IHG Rewards T&C’s for Cash & Points Nights.

Simply book a room using a mix of cash and your existing points, cancel the stay, and your stay will be refunded completely in points, effectively allowing you to purchase points for as little as $0.46 per point. See the referenced post for details.

IHG also runs regular promos where you can pick up points with a 100% bonus, dropping the cost of points to roughly 0.5 cents per point.

Participate in IHG Promos for Extra Points

You can earn extra IHG points participating in regular IHG promos. With past events netting members in excess of 100K points over a quarter, the promos are a lucrative way of adding points to your account. Previous IHG’s promos have featured everything from bonus points to free nights for reaching milestones such as a number of nights, staying at different IHG brands, or using alternative booking channels.

Final Thoughts

IHG Rewards is a solid rewards program offering a host of options from ultra-budget redemptions through to ultra-luxury stays like the overwater bungalows in Bora Bora. Have a favorite IHG redemption? Let us know in the comments!

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
Annual Fee$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $89
Welcome Bonus Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Enjoy a Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide. Plus, enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn up to 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn®
  • Earn 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • 2X points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • 1X point per $1 spent on all other purchases

The earning for spending at IHG hotels breaks down as follows:
  • Earn 10X points for being a IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Cardmember
  • Earn 5X points from IHG® with Platinum Elite Status, a benefit of having this card
  • Earn 10X points from IHG® for being an IHG® Rewards Club Member (Being a cardholder is not required to earn this bonus for participating in the IHG® loyalty program)

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