Top Value IHG Rewards Club Redemptions and Sweet Spots

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IHG Rewards Club is the quiet underdog of hotel rewards programs. With over 5,000 properties spread across the globe covering every taste and budget, free nights start as low as 5,000 IHG Rewards points (at PointBreaks properties), with redemptions topping out at 70,000 points per night for IHG’s top of the range InterContinental properties.

With the signup bonus on the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card offering 80,000 bonus points, we want 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$89
Welcome Bonus Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • 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 the New IHG Rewards Premier Card Anniversary Free Night Certificate

While no longer the unrestricted free night of old, the anniversary free night certificate provided with the IHG Rewards Premier Card is still a high-value perk, 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 Free Night Certificates.

InterContinental Bangkok

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Located in the heart of Southeast Asia's most vibrant city, the Intercontinental Bangkok is a stylish hub from which to explore some of the worlds 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 none the less a bucket list destination for almost every award traveler. The Intercontinental Wellington is situated right on the harbour 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.

Bookmark the IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Awards Page

IHG’s PointBreaks hotels are another highlight of the program. Released four times a year, the PointBreaks promo lists hotels all over the globe that members can redeem for between 5,000 and 15,000 IHG points per night. While the list of hotels doesn’t always include the most aspirational getaways, there's usually a few gems that offer exceptional value. You need to jump on them quickly, however, as the best hotels such as InterContinentals typically go in the first few days.

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Summary

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 SPG or World of Hyatt points for accommodation. But considering how easy IHG points are to pick up when compared to other hotel loyalty programs, 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 1/2 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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We spent an afternoon poolside drinking cocktails while our son had his first Muay Thai lesson at the gym over the hill. One of my favorite memories at the IC on Koh Samui. 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. At just 25,000 points per night (or $195 @ 0.78¢ per point), you could bank a three-night stay at the Indigo Del Mar using the latest offer on the IHG Rewards Premier Card.

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. The current iteration of IHG’s Accelerate promo is a tiered offering, with members targeted with different offers of between 30k and 100K points for reaching select 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 PointBreaks redemptions 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$89
Welcome Bonus Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • 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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Comments

  • nice article – love IHG’s program

  • That free anniversary night is a great perk to the IHG credit card, but I don’t think I’ll be traveling to Bora Bora for a one-night stay.

  • I find great value in POINTS BREAKS . Another great article.

  • Thanks for the list of this beautiful hotels. As I see Indigo Del Mar is one of the best ways to burn IHG points – just 25 K for 1 night, very nice. I still wasn’t in San Diego – one more reason to visit it!

  • Sebastian says:

    Im Holding points enough, but the obstacle is the question -> HOW do i get to the sweet Spots?!

  • I really love the option of PointBreaks. thanks!

  • I’ve had this credit card for years and the free night is great. Taking advantage of their promotions really helps build up the points. Their Priceless Surprises promo a few years ago allowed you to enter by just mailing in a card (or 93 of them) and earned you at least 500 points per entry.
    I wonder if it was too popular with the points-and-miles crowd? The similar promotion the following year didn’t have a no-stay option.

  • I love IHG as we are able to link two free nights (couple) and points night each year. YESSSSS!

  • I love whenever I am able to book a 5000 PointsBreaks night or two.

  • Not very attractive to me. Living in Hawaii, I hate staying at “resort” properties.

  • Jacqueline parsons says:

    Ihg certainly can be utilised well combining the free night certificate and now the new additional free cert.
    The points break offer also when thought out makes very good value.

  • A great list of potential best value uses for the free night certificates here. Factor in accelerate & points break promos this IMO make IHG one of the best out there!

  • These sound sweet! I am planning to go to London and it would be SO nice to stay in a nice hotel. My hubby and I are planning to hit up London and then Scotland for some whisky :o) Any other good hotels in London? Since I have the Chase Sapp I can transfer to Hyatt and Marriott and Ritz. Should I lux hotel hop in London? That way I get to experience different lux accommodations? That could be fun! How many hotel robes can I get? lol!

  • The beauty of the IHG program is that all these nice properties’ redemption level is capped at just 50 000 points per night which is not all that difficult to acrue (unlike, Hilton with its newly introduced dynamic pricing).

  • I can definitely recommend the IC Sydney, the Willard DC & the London Park Lane hotels. Very good award stays at all three. They are all in great locations in their respective cities, and lovely properties besides, particularly the Willard & Sydney hotels, with the historic details that have been preserved within and outside of them. Also, Pro Tip: in Sydney, the Executive Lounge opens to the public every Friday & Saturday night as a Supper Club; well worth making a reservation for the view alone (as pictured above), if one doesn’t otherwise have access during one’s stay.

    • I’m w Thomas, I’ve stayed at all 3. My Ambassador weekend cert got me the London Suite at the IC Park Lane with a wonderful IC Club overlooking Wellington Arch & B Palace and a Harbor view suite in Sydney IC w that club. Sunrise Breakfast is super. I’m headed back this January w the CC free night. Finally just did a staycation at the Willard upgraded to the John Quincy Adams suite with views of the Washington Monument and lots more. I’ve also enjoyed the ANA IC & The Strings IC in Tokyo. Hong Kong IC Jr. Suite with 270 degree views of the Harbor & HK Island skyline. In the US: The Mark Hopkins (SF), Century Plaza IC (LA)’ & the IC Times Square (NYC). May use this year’s weekend certificate for another staycation at the new IC at the D.C. Wharf 😀

  • the free night with the card is one of the most generous as all hotels are available. the wife and I each have the card for that benefit.

  • The PointsBreaks hotels aren’t always glamorous, but I love letting them dictate my travels and road trips to see new places.

  • IHG’s elite benefits are relatively weak, but I’ve consistently been able to find decent availability and value from IHG points awards, particularly when traveling as a family of 5. A solid option for family travel worldwide.

  • I agree that there are really nice and luxury hotels but they will empty my account soon so I prefer redeem my points in hotels asking less points (10000-15000) or during points break.
    Anyway, the chain is quite big and there are hotels for everyone!

  • Bora Bora for me!

  • The_Bouncer says:

    Point Breaks are among the best value around. They have helped me out on quite a few road trips.

  • Those 5k point breaks are super sweet if you happen to be traveling near one and if they have free nights available. Last time I was near one but no nights available which was a bummer.

  • Bora Bora is horrible, you don’t want to go there!

  • Wife wants to go to Paris. Intercontinental looks like a good option, but for the occupancy limits (kids).

  • Guy Bardsley says:

    Have always loved this program and the rewards it offers with the annual free night. My wife also has it, so we are able to get two free nights annualy which MORE than pay for any fees..

  • Wow! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  • You didn’t mention that Chase has permitted approval of the old versions of the IHG card along with the high-bonus Premier card which also has the fourth-night-free option. If a couple each has both cards, you can get 4 nights free per year!

  • Feel like using a voucher is BKK isa waste. Too many good value cash rates

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