What’s the Value of IHG Points?

May 24, 2022

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Whether you earned them from a hotel like the Holiday Inn or through an IHG-branded credit card, you probably want to know how much your stash of IHG points is worth.

The short answer: Based on our most recent valuation, NerdWallet determined that the latest IHG points value is 0.8 cent each. This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data, not a maximized value. In other words, you should aim for award redemptions that offer 0.8 cent or more in value from your IHG points.

Key takeaways:

  • IHG points are worth about 0.8 cent apiece.

  • This is slightly higher than most hotel points, but woefully below World of Hyatt, whose points have a baseline value of 1.9 cents each.

  • Our calculator can help you determine an estimated value of your stash of IHG points.

What does this value mean?

Our data-driven value of 0.8 cent per IHG point is a baseline value. This is effectively the value you could expect to get from your IHG points if you chose to book a random hotel stay with points rather than cash.

To squeeze more value from IHG points, check out our complete guide to redeeming them.

The IHG program offers several "sweet spots" compared to other hotel loyalty programs — like Marriott — because it uses award categories. So researching can help you boost the value of your points.

How do IHG points compare with other hotels?

IHG offers slightly below-average value for its IHG compared with other hotel rewards programs.

Hotel program

Point value

Best Western Rewards

2 cents.

IHG One Rewards

0.8 cent.

Hilton Honors

0.5 cent.

World of Hyatt

1.9 cents.

Marriott Bonvoy

0.7 cent.

Radisson Rewards

0.6 cent.

Wyndham Rewards

0.9 cent.

Convert IHG points to dollars

With the calculator below, you can quickly figure out how much your IHG points are worth based on our estimated value.

Wondering what you can do with those points? Check out our guide to IHG transfer partners and consider some IHG sweet spots.

Ways to earn IHG points

How easy is it to earn IHG points?

Stay at IHG hotels

The most straightforward way to earn IHG points is through actually staying at IHG hotels. You’ll typically earn 10 base points per eligible dollar spent at most IHG hotels, though you can earn even more points when you hold IHG elite status.

Get an IHG credit card

One of the fastest ways to rack up IHG points is through spending on an IHG-branded credit card, which allows you to earn points not just on spending at IHG hotels, but on your everyday purchases, too.

Chase offers three co-branded IHG credit cards:

Spend with IHG partners

Other ways to earn IHG points include spending money with IHG’s partners which include rental car company Hertz and food delivery app Grubhub.

How did we determine the value of IHG points?

We collected hundreds of data points comparing the cash value to award (points) value for the same stays and dates. That is, we compared the cost of a given booking in either cash or miles, across many bookings.

This method differs from many others in that it looks at real-world redemptions rather than hypothetical, maximized redemptions. The advantage of this approach is that it provides an actual, real-world indication of how much these points are worth on average. That said, it doesn’t take into account the high-value redemptions that some points enthusiasts seek.

Frequently asked questions
How much are 10,000 IHG points worth?

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 10,000 IHG points are worth about $80.

How much are 25,000 IHG points worth?

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 25,000 IHG points are worth about $200.

How much are 50,000 IHG points worth?

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 50,000 IHG points are worth about $400.

How much are 80,000 IHG points worth?

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 80,000 IHG points are worth about $640.

How much are 100,000 IHG points worth?

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 100,000 IHG points are worth about $800.


How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2022, including those best for:

partner programs

IHG® Rewards Program

on IHG One Rewards’ website

IHG® One Rewards
Get exclusive benefits and earn points faster
World of Hyatt

on Hyatt's website

World of Hyatt
Enjoy free nights, member rates and more
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on Alaska's website

Alaska Mileage Plan
Join Mileage Plan and Save $25 on your next flight
IHG® Rewards Program

IHG® One Rewards

Wherever you go, however you stay, IHG One Rewards offers rewards for every one.

on IHG One Rewards’ website

Highlights:
  1. Cheers to new tiers: New tiers allow members to earn points faster.
  2. Piling on the perks: New members benefits that enhance every stay
  3. Milestone Rewards: Allows members to choose their rewards.
Highlights
  1. Cheers to new tiers: New tiers allow members to earn points faster.
  2. Piling on the perks: New members benefits that enhance every stay
  3. Milestone Rewards: Allows members to choose their rewards.

on IHG One Rewards’ website

World of Hyatt

World of Hyatt

With the World of Hyatt loyalty program, enjoy a world of rewards designed to revolve around you.

on Hyatt's website

Highlights:
  1. Earn points for things you already enjoy with Hyatt
  2. Use your points for free nights at more than 1,100 hotels around the world
  3. Three elite tiers to unlock exceptional benefits - room upgrades and more.
Highlights
  1. Earn points for things you already enjoy with Hyatt
  2. Use your points for free nights at more than 1,100 hotels around the world
  3. Three elite tiers to unlock exceptional benefits - room upgrades and more.

on Hyatt's website

logo image

Alaska Mileage Plan

Mileage Plan is Alaska's loyalty program for anyone who loves to travel and is free to join!

on Alaska's website

Highlights:
  1. Join Mileage Plan and Save $25 on your next flight
  2. Our members earn 30% more miles on average than other airlines
  3. You earn based on how far you fly, not how much you spend
Highlights
  1. Join Mileage Plan and Save $25 on your next flight
  2. Our members earn 30% more miles on average than other airlines
  3. You earn based on how far you fly, not how much you spend

on Alaska's website

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