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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.

PartnerPoints to miles ratio
Air China10,000:2,000 kilometers
Air France10,000:2,000
AIR MILES10,000:250
Air New Zealand10,000:25 Airpoints
Alaska Airlines10,000:2,000
Alitalia MilleMiglia10,000:2,000
All Nippon Airways10,000:2,000
American Airlines AAdvantage10,000:2,000
Asia Miles10,000:2,000
Asiana Airlines10,000:2,000
British Airways10,000:2,000 Avios
China Eastern10,000:2,000 kilometers
China Southern Airlines10,000:2,000 kilometers
Delta SkyMiles10,000:2,000
El Al Israel Airlines10,000:40 El Al Points
Etihad Airways10,000:2,000
Gulf Air10,000:2,000
Hainan Airlines10,000:2,000 kilometers
Hawaiian Airlines10,000:2,000
Iberia Airlines10,000:2,000
Japan Airlines10,000:2,000
Jet Airways10,000:2,000
JetBlue TrueBlue10,000:2,000 points
Malaysia Airlines10,000:1,500
Qantas Airlines10,000:2,000
Saudi Arabian Airlines10,000:2,000
Singapore Airlines10,000:2,000
South African Airways10,000:2,000
TAP Air Portugal10,000:2,000
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus10,000:2,000
United Airlines10,000:2,000
Virgin Atlantic10,000:2,000
Velocity Frequent Flyer10,000:2,000

Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

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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

bellboy welcoming to enter room Image: Getty Imagesbellboy welcoming to enter roomPointBreaks 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

woman opening curtain window Image: Getty Imageswoman opening curtain windowRedemptions 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

women drinking cocktails in airplane Image: Getty Imageswomen drinking cocktails in airplaneWhile 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.

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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.

Compare IHG Rewards Club cards and other credit cards

Name Product Welcome Offer Rewards Annual fee Filter values
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
150,000 points plus a Reward Night after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
Up to 25x points total at IHG hotels, 2x points at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants and 1x points on all other purchases
$0 intro annual fee for the first year ($89 thereafter)
Enjoy a $0 intro annual fee ($89 after the first year) and 150,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
100,000 points after spending $15,000 in the first 3 months
3x points on the first $150,000 on travel and select business categories annually, then 1x after and on all other purchases
100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. That's $1,000 cash back or $1,250 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
$200 after spending $500 in the first 3 months, plus 5% cash back at grocery stores (not including Target® or Walmart®) on up to $12,000 in the first year
5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase, 5% on Lyft, 3% on dining and drugstores and 1.5% on all other purchases
This solid 1.5% cashback card gets even better with the addition of up to 5% back in categories like travel, drug stores and dining.

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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.

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Bottom line

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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