Your Guide to IHG Award Categories

IHG doesn't publish an award chart, but they have a wide range of properties from budget-friendly to luxury.

Christie OlsenSeptember 8, 2020
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InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, is one of the largest hotel loyalty programs in the world. As a member of the IHG Rewards program, you can use your points to stay at nearly 5,900 hotels and resorts worldwide. While IHG no longer publishes an official award category chart, points may be used for stays at properties ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 points per night.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the IHG award categories.

Know the brands

Whatever your travel style or budget, IHG has you covered with a variety of lodging options. IHG properties include 14 brands, which range from affordable and extended-stay hotels to international luxury resorts.

Understand the categories

IHG redemptions range from 10,000 points per night for budget-friendly hotels such as Holiday Inn Express to 70,000 points per night for luxury accommodations, including InterContinental Hotels. Properties in Macau and the Maldives can cost up to 100,000 points on certain nights.

Before you book, visit the IHG Reward Nights page to verify the points required to stay at your desired location. Keep in mind that, unlike other loyalty program sites, IHG does not currently offer a filter to search for properties by points.

Categories breakdown

If you’re interested in stretching your points, a standard hotel with basic amenities may be the best option. Value accommodations cost between 10,000 and 25,000 points per night, and they maximize your redemption value. These properties are ideal for travelers looking for family-friendly or extended-stay brands like Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites or Holiday Inn Express.

Mid-range properties cost between 30,000 and 45,000 points per night. You’ll find these properties in many locations, including Paris and Bali.

Luxury resorts cost 50,000 to 65,000 points per night and include worldwide locales such as French Polynesia and Australia. For example, InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa will currently cost you 50,000 points per night and offers bucket-list resort accommodations and amenities.

Top-tier properties cost between 70,000 and 100,000 points per night and offer travelers a premier five-star hotel experience.

Do points expire?

Membership points expire if your account becomes inactive for 12 months. To keep your account active, you must have at least one “earn” or “redeem” transaction posted to your account every 12 months. If you have elite status with IHG Rewards, your points don’t expire as long as you maintain that status.

The easiest way to prevent point expiration is to spend with an IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, which also allows you to earn additional reward points.

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