IHG Rewards Club Guest Loyalty Program

IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first hotel loyalty program, offers members the ability to earn points at more than 4,600 InterContinental Hotels Group hotels worldwide. Members have unparalleled levels of freedom and choice with points that never expire, no blackout dates on Reward Nights, and points that can be used for flights on over 400 airlines and to stay virtually anywhere – even at competitors’ hotels.

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Network Size

Geographic Coverage:

Number of Countries: 100+

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Size of Network:

Number of Hotels: 4700+

Brand Diversity

Brand Portfolio:

Number of Brands: 11

  • Intercontinental
  • Hualuxe
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Even Hotels
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Holiday Inn Resort
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Candlewood Suites

Earning Points at Hotels

Base Points

Earn points or airline miles.

Earn Rate: 10 points per $1 USD¹ ² or 1 airline mile³ per $1 USD


¹ Points are earned on room rate only
² Earn 5 points per $1 USD on hotel stays at Staybridge & Candlewood Suites; Outside of the US, CAN, MEX, Caribbean, Intercontinental stays earn a fixed 2,000 points
³ Varies by airline partner

Elite Bonus Points

Reach elite status and automatically receive extra Bonus Points on all the Base Points earned.

Earn Rate:

Bonus on Base Points
Gold Elite
Platinum Elite

Promotion Bonus Points

Earn bonus points for various hotel promotions at participating properties throughout the year.

Earn Rate: Varies by promotion

Meeting Planner Bonus Points

Earn bonus points for events planned at any of the hotels.

Earn Rate: 3 points per $1 USD (up to 60,000 points per event)

Purchase Points

A few points short? Buying Points is the easy way to get the award you want.

Point Price: 1,000 points = $11.50 – $13.50

(varies by quantity, 50,000 point maximum purchase per year)

Earning Points at Partners

Credit Card Partners

Earn bonus points for spend on an IHG Rewards Club credit card.

Earn Rate:

US Card

IHG Rewards Club Mastercard
($49 annual fee)
At hotels: 5 points per $1 USD
On everyday spend: 2 points per $1 USD
Everywhere else: 1 point per $1 USD

Point Exchange Partners

Transfer points from partners to IHG® Rewards Club Points

Earn Rate: Varies by Partner

1,000 Ultimate Rewards Points = 1,000 IHG® Rewards Club Points

Diner’s Club
1,250 ClubRewards® points= 1,500 IHG® Rewards Club Points

Other Partners

Earn bonus points for spend at various program partners.


Partner Type
Bonus Points
Car Rental
Online Shopping


¹You do not earn hotel points for airline flights. You can choose to earn airline miles instead of hotel points.

Reward Choice

Hotel Rewards

Redeem points for hotel stays.

Hotel Reward Types
Standard Rooms
Premium Rooms
Room Upgrades
Points + Cash Room Rewards
On Property Hotel Rewards
Hotels Anywhere
(Includes competitors)


Rewards Chart:
Standard Room Rewards

Hotel Category
Points Required

Partner Rewards

Redeem points for rewards from a variety of partners.

Reward Types
Gift Cards
Airline/Rail Point Transfer
Travel Certificates/Packages
Point Transfer/Gifting

Reward Flexibility & Attainability

Spend Required For Free Room Night

In order to compare programs to measure how quickly a member can redeem points for a free night reward, we look at the spend required for a free night.

Minimum Spend¹: $1,000
(by Club Member for base level hotel reward)

Average Spend¹: $2,727
(by Gold Elite Member for average level hotel reward)

¹Does not include promotional or partner bonus points earned.

Hotel Rewards Rules

The terms and conditions for the hotel rewards.

No Blackout Dates
No Capacity Controls
No Additional Fees on Hotel Rewards (ie. Taxes, Booking Fee, Change/Cancellation Fee, Resort Fee)
5th Night Free on Hotel Rewards (elite members)
Discounted Rewards
Pool Points with Family Members for rewards

Point Expiry

Points do not expire.

Elite Tier Requirements

Membership Levels

Earn elite status based when you stay at Intercontinental Hotel Group properties.

Elite Tier
Upon enrollment
Gold Elite
15 nights or 20,000 points
Platinum Elite
50 nights or 60,000 points
$200 to purchase status

Membership Rules

The terms and conditions for achieving elite status.


Earn lifetime elite status
Points rollover to count toward following year’s status
Reward nights count towards elite status

Elite Tier Benefits

Club Member

  • Earn &redeem points
  • Extended check-out¹
  • Free internet
  • Free newspaper¹ ²

Gold Elite Member

  • Club Benefits + 10% elite bonus
  • Priority check-in

Platinum Elite Member

  • Gold Elite Benefits + 50% elite bonus
  • Free upgrades¹
  • Rollover nights
  • Guaranteed 72-hour room availability

Ambassador Member

  • Guaranteed room upgrade
  • Fresh fruit upon arrival
  • Mineral water in room
  • Replenished daily In-room gift
  • Single-room rate for double occupancy
  • Extended checkout—up to 4pm
  • Dedicated Ambassador check-in area
  • Complimentary pay-TV film per stay
  • Complimentary weekend night certificate
  • Elite status in IHG® Rewards Club
  • 5,000 bonus IHG® Rewards Club points

¹Subject to availability
²At participating brands or hotels

Average Value per Point

Average Value Per Point

$0.007 per point


Room rate / # points required for a free night (determined by average across representative sample of hotel rewards).

Average Program Value


  • Base Member: 7.0%
    (Club Member)
  • Highest Elite Member: 10.5%
    (Platinum Elite Member)
  • Credit Card Member²: 3.5%
    (Incremental Value)

²Includes bonus points earned on hotel spend only. As such, incremental value likely to be higher.


Average Earn Rate x Average Value per Point.

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