IHG points are worth 0.96 cents each, on average. That means 10,000 IHG points have a value of about $96. Plus, IHG points are worth about the same as the average hotel points, which are worth roughly 0.95 cents each.
It's also important to remember that the value of IHG points depends on how they are redeemed. They have the most value when used for IHG Rewards Club hotel reservations.
How to Earn More IHG Points
One of the best ways to increase the number of IHG points that you earn is to apply for a IHG credit card. That can also help you reach a higher status tier in the IHG Rewards Club, further boosting your earning potential.
The easiest way to calculate the value of IHG points is to determine the dollar value of what you're redeeming for, minus any taxes and fees that you'll still have to pay, and then divide that amount by the number of points you're required to redeem. For your convenience, here's the formula:
Dollar Value of Redemption Item / Number of IHG Points Needed = IHG Point Value
IHG points expire after 12 months with no account activity as well as when you close your account with unused rewards. To prevent IHG points from expiring, redeem your points on a regular basis and make sure to cash in any unredeemed rewards before closing your account.
Even though IHG points expire only in these select situations, it’s still a good idea to avoid building up a big IHG rewards balance because that would make you more vulnerable to rewards devaluation.
If you’re trying to choose a hotel rewards program and are concerned about rewards expiration policies, you can see how the IHG points expiration policy compares to other popular companies’ policies in the table below.
The best IHG Premier benefits are a free fourth night on hotel stays of at least 4 consecutive nights booked with IHG points, plus a free night at a participating IHG hotel after each account anniversary, automatic Platinum Elite status in the IHG Rewards Club, and 150,000 points for spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.… read full answer
All these benefits are included with the IHG Premier Card. IHG Premier charges an $89 annual fee (waived the first year), but it packs a lot of value with all the free hotel night opportunities.
IHG Premier Credit Card Benefits List:
Fourth Reward Night Free: redeem points for an IHG hotel stay of 4 or more consecutive nights and get your 4th night for free.
Free Anniversary Night: get a free night at any IHG hotel with a point redemption level of 40,000 points or less.
150,000 points: spending $3,000 in the first 3 months will get you 150,000 points.
Up to 25 Reward Points per dollar at IHG Hotels: you get 10 points / $1 at IHG Hotels and resorts as cardholder, plus up to an extra 10 points for your IHG Rewards Club membership and up to another 5 points for the Platinum Elite Status you benefit from automatically.
TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry Statement Credit: up to $100 credit every 4 years for TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry application fees.
Complimentary IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite Status: late checkout, complimentary room upgrades, spa credits for eligible properties, and 50% extra bonus points on top of base points earned at IHG hotels.
20% off Points Purchases: purchased rewards points are at least 20% cheaper when charged to your IHG Premier.
$0 Foreign Transaction Fees.
The IHG Premier’s little brother, the IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card, used to come with a similar (but lesser) list of benefits and keept costs down with a $0 annual fee. Unfortunately, it is currently unavailable to new applicants. IHG Traveler Card benefits included free fourth nights at hotels booked with IHG points, 20% off purchases of rewards points, 60,000 points for spending $2,000 in the first 3 months, $0 foreign transaction fees, Gold Elite status in the IHG Rewards Club after spending $10,000 in a calendar year, and 5 points / $1 spent at IHG hotels and resorts worldwide.
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®
Lastly, it’s also useful to note that you don’t have to spend your IHG credit card bonus points at IHG-branded properties. You can also spend them at one of the many other chains IHG owns, like Holiday Inn or Crowne Plaza.
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