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How to redeem IHG Rewards Club points for best value
Stick to hotel redemptions to make the most of your hard-earned points.
While it’s easy to earn lots of points with the IHG Rewards Club program, it’s more difficult to translate those points to pure value. Still, there are a few ways to get the most out of your Rewards Club points — such as sticking to reward nights at participating hotels.
Airline transfer partners
The IHG Rewards Club offers several transfer opportunities if you’d like to convert your Rewards Club points into airline miles.
|Partner||Points to miles ratio|
|Air China||10,000:2,000 kilometers|
|Air New Zealand||10,000:25 Airpoints|
|All Nippon Airways||10,000:2,000|
|American Airlines AAdvantage||10,000:2,000|
|British Airways||10,000:2,000 Avios|
|China Eastern||10,000:2,000 kilometers|
|China Southern Airlines||10,000:2,000 kilometers|
|El Al Israel Airlines||10,000:40 El Al Points|
|Hainan Airlines||10,000:2,000 kilometers|
|JetBlue TrueBlue||10,000:2,000 points|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines||10,000:2,000|
|South African Airways||10,000:2,000|
|TAP Air Portugal||10,000:2,000|
|Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus||10,000:2,000|
|Velocity Frequent Flyer||10,000:2,000|
Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.Back to top
Reward nights chart
IHG doesn’t currently offer an awards chart on its website. Instead, reward nights range from 10,000 to 70,000 per night with the points required depending on the hotel. You can browse these reward night requirements with the search feature on the IHG Rewards Club site.
How to redeem points for maximum value
Even when redeemed on reward nights at IHG properties, Rewards Club points average around 0.7 cents per point according to the IHG Rewards Club site as of March 2019. This is somewhat lackluster, especially when compared to World of Hyatt’s strong point values.
Here’s where to spend your points for maximum value.
Book an IHG Rewards Club PointBreak
PointBreaks are limited-time promotional offers on stays at participating hotels worldwide. Stays at PointBreak hotels range from 5,000 to 15,000 per night and can prove quite lucrative.
For example, a stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Snyder in Snyder, Texas, currently costs 5,000 points a night. This brings the value of your points up to a respectable 1.6 cents per point, much higher than the average had you redeemed on a standard hotel.
The main limitations of PointBreak deals are location, timing and availability. Participating locations change regularly, so you’ll want to monitor the PointBreak site to find a stay that works for you.
Redeem on IHG reward nights
Redemptions on standard reward nights at IHG properties are your next best redemption option for your Rewards Club points. Unfortunately, IHG doesn’t offer an awards chart detailing the pricing breakdown, so you’ll need to do a little research to find reward nights that provide a good value.
Effective January 2019, IHG increased the points needed for rewards nights for numerous hotels in countries such as the UK, US and Australia.
Properties within the US to receive a point hike were particularly numerous, while some countries such as China and Mexico received point decreases. Consider expanding your vacation options outside of the US to find an ideal point value.
Transfer your point to airlines
While most airline transfers hold a value of around 0.4 cents per Rewards Club point, you might find it occasionally useful to convert them if you need a few more points for redemption with your airline.Back to top
How to earn IHG Rewards Club points
Spending with eligible credit cards will be the fastest way to build your point bank with the IHG Rewards Club. Credit cards offer bonus points on eligible purchases as well as useful signup bonuses that can give you a headstart on your redemptions. Read more to compare your best earning options for IHG Rewards Club points.
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Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points
To transfer your Ultimate Rewards points into your IHG Rewards Club account, you’ll need one of Chase’s premium Ultimate Rewards cards. These include the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve® and the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card. Learn more about Chase Ultimate Rewards transfers to get the most value from your points.
You might find some decent value in the IHG Rewards Club program if you’re a regular with IHG and use one of their eligible credit cards. If you’re not a diehard IHG fan though, consider picking up a Chase Ultimate Rewards card or another travel credit card to keep your redemption options open.
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