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IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty program of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG): one of the world’s biggest hotel companies with more than 5,500 properties in almost 100 countries.

IHG owns a number of well-known brands including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. Its full list of brands includes:

  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  • Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
  • Regent Hotels & Resorts
  • Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
  • EVEN Hotels
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Hualuxe Hotels & Resorts
  • voco
  • Avid Hotels
  • Candlewood Suites
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Holiday Inn Resort
  • Staybridge Suites

If you find yourself staying at an IHG property, it’s worth joining the IHG Rewards Club program. Membership is free and you can earn points and enjoy other benefits during your stay (to join, click here.)

Member Benefits

There are four tiers of membership: Club (base-level), Gold Elite, Platinum Elite and Spire Elite.

As you’d expect, the more you stay with IHG each year, the higher your status and the more benefits you enjoy.

Here’s a summary of the benefits.

There are two ways to qualify for status, as shown above. Qualifying Nights are earned on every eligible paid rate or award stay at an IHG property, while Elite Qualifying Points are earned when you pay for eligible charges at an IHG property.

Earning points

Members can choose to earn either IHG Rewards Club Points or airline miles/points with a number of airline partners, including both Qantas and Virgin Australia.

If you opt to earn IHG Rewards Club Points, you’ll get 10 points per US$1 on eligible charges at all properties except Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites, where the earn rate is 5 points per US$1 spent. Elite members get 10-100% bonus points on top of this.

If you take advantage of one of IHG’s regular bonus points promotions, you could earn even more points.

You can also earn points when travelling, shopping or dining with a range of IHG partners. And if you need to top-up your balance, you can also buy points.

Points don’t expire for elite members, while for Club status holders points won’t expire so long as you keep your account active by earning or redeeming some points within a 12-month period.

More information about earning IHG Rewards Club Points is available here.

An alternative to earning IHG Rewards Club Points is earning airline miles/points on stays. For example, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can receive 5 Qantas Points per $1 AUD paid on eligible charges within Australia, while in other countries the earn rate is 500 Qantas Points per qualifying stay.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members earn 3 Velocity Points per $1 AUD paid on eligible charges within Australia, while overseas they receive 600 Velocity Points per qualifying stay.

More information about earning airline miles/points is available here.

Note that if you opt to earn IHG Rewards Club Points, you can also manually transfer them to an airline partner. The transfer rate from IHG to both Qantas and Velocity is 5:1.

Redeeming Points

IHG offers several ways to redeem points.

First up, members can redeem points for Reward Nights, which is an ideal way to save money when travelling. You can use points to stay at any IHG property worldwide, with no blackout dates. Prices start at 10,000 points per night, but high-end properties can cost up to 70,000 points per night.

You can also combine points and cash, in which case you only need 5,000 points to book.

Reward nights count towards elite status, which is an added bonus.

You can also redeem points for shopping and gift cards, experiences like concerts and sporting events, and donations to charities.

Summing Up

IHG Rewards Club is a useful loyalty program to join if you intend to stay at an IHG property. And since IHG is one of the world’s biggest hotel companies with brands that cater to all types of travellers, it’s likely you’ll find yourself staying with them sooner or later.

The ability to easily earn and redeem points is one of the best features of this program. If you travel frequently, elite status benefits like late checkouts and complimentary room upgrades can also add a lot of value to your stay.

To join IHG Rewards Club, click here.

While you’re here, don’t miss IHG’s exciting New Year offer of up to 35% off at selected properties. All the details are in our article here.

Featured image: InterContinental Sydney