IHG rewards is the loyalty program of IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) one of the oldest and largest hotel groups. Based out of the UK, it has about 6,000 properties in over 100 countries. Its 17 brands range from basic Holiday Inn Expresses to luxurious, lifestyle brand Six Sense resorts.
US customer service phone number
Approximate point value
0.4 cents per point
5 to 10 points per dollar for stay
All points will expire after 12 months if there's no account activity. Points don't expire if you have Elite status.
17 brands including Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas and others
Club, Gold Elite , Platinum Elite , and Spire Elite
Co-Branded credit card in the US
Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, Chase IHG Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card
Credit card transfer partners
Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1, up to 24 hours transfer)
Airline transfer partners
Aeromexico ClubPremier - 5:1; Aeroplan - 5:1; Flying Blue - 5:1; Air New Zealand Airpoints - 800:2; ANA Mileage Club - 5:1; British Airways Executive Club - 5:1; Alitalia MilleMiglia - 5:1; Asia Miles - 5:1; Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan - 5:1; American AAdvantage - 5:1; Asiana Club - 5:1; China Eastern miles - 5:1; China Southern Sky Pearl Club - 5:1; Delta SkyMiles - 5:1; Emirates Skywards - 5:1; Etihad Guest - 5:1; El Al Matmid Club - 250:1; Gulf Air - 5:1; Hainan Airlines - 5:1; Iberia Plus - 5:1; TrueBlue - 5:1; HawaiianMiles - 5:1; Japan Mileage Bank (JMB) - 5:1; Singapore KrisFlyer - 5:1; Avianca LifeMiles - 5:1; Qantas Frequent Flyer/Club - 5:1; Virgin Atlantic Flying Club - 5:1; United MileagePlus - 5:1; Malaysia Airlines Enrich - 5:1; Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus - 5:1; TAP Miles & Go - 5:1; Virgin Australia Velocity Points - 5:1; Air China PhoenixMiles - 5:1; South African Voyager - 5:1; Saudi Arabian Airlines - 5:1
Transfer time - up to 6 weeks
The program is only beneficial if you stay at participating hotels. If you aren't staying at IHG hotel brands, there is nothing there worth your while. Chase Ultimate rewards points are more than 3 times more valuable than IHG rewards points, so 1:1 transfer is never a smart move. Even if you are looking to book an IHG hotel and want to use your Chase points, do it through the Chase Travel program and take your 50% bonus (for Sapphire Reserve holders, 25% of Chase Preferred and Ink holders). Like Hilton Honors, IHG follows a dynamic pricing model for its point redemptions, so your redemption price is tied to the official published price of the hotel which is rarely the best deal. Most of the time, I can find better prices or better perks for higher end properties through 3rd party sites or local tour operators. However, I would continue to stay away from IHG credit cards unless you regularly stay at IHG properties).
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