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IHG Sweet Spots: To Maximize Your Points, Think International

Jan. 24, 2020
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If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, a little research will land you plenty of IHG properties that offer exceptional points redemption value.

With 16 hotel brands, IHG Rewards Club offers a diverse hotel portfolio to explore. You are likely already familiar with IHG’s household brands, such as Holiday Inn and Intercontinental. But brands such as Voco and Regent Hotels may come as a surprise.

Whether you’ve been saving your points to splurge on a free night at a luxury resort or prefer to stretch your points further at budget hotels, with a little effort you’ll find some great IHG point redemption opportunities.

That said, not all hotels are equal when it comes to redeeming points for free nights. There are a handful of hidden gems that allow you to get maximum value from your points.

Let’s dive into some of the best sweet spots within the IHG Rewards Club program.

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IHG Rewards Club brands

No matter your travel style, with IHG’s many hotel brands you’re sure to find one that fits. To date IHG has 16 hotel brands, which include the following:

  • Avid.
  • Atwell Suites.
  • Candlewood Suites.
  • Crowne Plaza.
  • Even Hotels.
  • Holiday Inn.
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations.
  • Holiday Inn Express.
  • Hotel Indigo.
  • Hualuxe Hotels and Resorts.
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.
  • Kimpton Hotels.
  • Regent Hotels & Resorts.
  • Six Senses Hotels & Resorts.
  • Staybridge Suites.
  • Voco.

IHG award chart

IHG has hinted about a move to dynamic pricing and no longer publishes an award chart. However, based on our research and knowledge of the previously published chart,  there are 13 hotel categories ranging from 10,000-70,000 points per night.

CategoryCost per night
Category 110,000
Category 215.000
Category 320,000
Category 425,000
Category 530,000
Category 635,000
Category 740,000
Category 845,000
Category 950,0000
Category 1055,000
Category 1160,000
Category 1265,000
Category 1370,000

You can find exceptional point redemptions when the nightly rate is substantially higher than other hotels in the same hotel category.

When booking an IHG award night, you can easily calculate the value per point you will get. For example, if the nightly paid rate for a hotel is $300 and the points rate is 30,000, you would be getting 1 cent in value per point. You can compare this with our current valuation of IHG points, which is

0.8 cent

each.

IHG sweet spots

As with any award redemption, the most valuable use is the one that makes sense for your travel style and needs. That said, some hotels offer particularly high-value redemption opportunities in terms of paid rate vs. points cost. Let’s dive into some of our favorite sweet spot redemptions with IHG Rewards Club:

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

The Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is a good way to experience an expensive destination like the Maldives. For 45,000 points per night, the beachfront hotel offers a great value.

The resort is a fun 45-minute speedboat ride from the international airport. Setting foot on the property, you’ll quickly realize you’ve just arrived in a little paradise (with some of the Maldives’ best diving spots are right on your doorstep).

With great food, superb service, crystal clear water and beach or garden bungalows, you get everything you need for an unforgettable vacation here.

InterContinental Kiev, Ukraine

First off, let’s start with the the hotel’s excellent location near St. Sophia’s Cathedral. The InterContinental Kiev not only offers great views of the city’s beautiful golden domes, but it’s also a great base for exploring all the city has to offer.

The hotel, starting from 30,000 points a night, conveys a nostalgic charm. For a retreat from the city, the hotel’s spa offers a beauty salon, as well as various saunas and a swimming pool. Or head up to enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar while getting incredible panoramic views of the city.

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt, Chile

The Holiday Inn Express in Puerto Montt is the perfect base for exploring Chile’s stunning Lake District. Each room offers fantastic views of the bay, with towering volcanoes as a backdrop. The hotel can be booked for 10,000 IHG points per night.

InterContinental Mendoza, Argentina

You’ll be hard-pressed to find Intercontinental hotels priced at only 20,000 points per night, but that’s what you’ll pay for an award night at the Intercontinental Mendoza. This luxury hotel features all the amenities you’d expect, including an indoor pool, casino, full spa and more.

InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, Vietnam

With each room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, you’re guaranteed fantastic views of Hanoi during your stay at the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72. The hotel occupies floors 62-71 of a high-rise tower.

The hotel also boasts an impressive club lounge on the 71st floor, and four on-property restaurants and bars. Between the attentive staff and sparkling new building, the hotel ranks as one of the most impressive and luxurious hotels in the city. The best part is an award night only costs 30,000 points per night.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam

Whether you choose to start your day with yoga or a spa treatment, a stay at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort will be one to remember.

Located on a quiet beach, the beautiful five-star resort promises luxury, great service and some memorable views.

At 70,000 points per night, the property is in IHG’s highest category, but it’s worth the splurge.

» Learn more: IHG Rewards Club Premier review: Free nights on a silver platter

InterContinental Budapest, Hungary

For 40,000 points per night, you can stay at the InterContinental Budapest. The hotel is a stone’s throw away from the city’s most famous sights.

Considering its location, elegantly designed rooms and breathtaking views, this hotel is a steal for 40,000 points per night.

InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut, Lebanon

Rated among the top hotels in Beirut by TripAdvisor, the Intercontinental Phoenicia Beirut deserves a place on our IHG sweet spot list.

At only 30,000 points per night, you’ll get to experience this landmark hotel just steps away from the corniche. Steeped in culture and housed in a historic building, the hotel offers impressive architecture at every turn.

The bottom line

If you’re after a high-value points redemption, these are just a few of IHG Rewards Club’s sweet spots. With a little extra legwork, you’re sure to find plenty of opportunities when it comes to redeeming IHG Rewards Club points.

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