IHG Rewards Club to offer 10 points per $1 at ALL InterContinental hotels

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One of the oddities about IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza / Indigo etc loyalty scheme, is the way you earned points at InterContinental properties.

Until recently, whilst most of the other brands earned 10 points per $1 spent, you would only earn a flat 2,000 points per stay at any IC worldwide.

A couple of years ago IHG moved to an odd half-way house.  InterContinental hotels in North America moved to the usual 10 points per $1 whilst all of the others remained at a flat 2,000 points.

IC LeGrand Paris Lobby

This was less important when ALL IHG points, including bonus points, counted for status.  Since the start of 2013, only BASE points count for status.  This has made it a lot harder to earn Gold or Platinum status unless you get it free from the UK IHG credit cards.  With status-earning points a lot harder to find there may have been a trading down from IC’s to other hotels by some guests.

Whatever the reason, the 2,000 point rule is going on 30th June.

From July 1st, any stay at an InterContinental – such as Le Grand in Paris above – will earn the full 10 points per $1.  As long as your stay costs more than $200 – which it almost certainly will – you will be better off under the new regime.

There is no mention of this change on the IHG website and they have not yet emailed members about it.  It is now written into the terms and conditions of the scheme.  If you do a dummy booking for an IC hotel it will also show the correct number of points under ‘Points to be earned from this stay:’.

One anomaly remains though.  If you stay in one of the two InterContinental ‘Alliance’ properties in Las Vegas (The Palazzo and The Venetian) then you will still only receive 2,000 points per stay ……

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  1. Thywillbedone says:

    This is good news. Will non-room spend at IC properties on redemption stays generate points also? I would have thought they should. I recently spent 3 nights on redemption at IC Carlton Cannes and would have made some tidy points on my spend on dinner/drinks at the property. Thanks

    • Thywillbedone says:

      Found the answer to my question in an email from IHG on this:

      “You’ll be able to earn 10 points for every US $1 you charge to your room* at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.

      * Exclusions apply. Please confirm with the hotel at the time of purchase.”

  2. Thywillbedone says:

    I should add to the above that I have emailed IHG a couple of times on this subject pointing out that the North America 10pts per $ rules should apply worldwide (not that I am claiming credit for the change!)

  3. New rate already showing for my September booking at IC Malta. Instead of 2k for seven night stay it’s now a minimum of 17k! Marvellous.

  4. Robert says:

    This is good news!

  5. Will this apply to all rates including Friends and Family – which previously earned zero?

  6. andy stock says:

    Which is the better rewards program – IHG rewards or Hilton Honors?

  7. Nick Burch says:

    The IC Berlin is very nice, and can be picked up for as low as about €80/night on a weekend, so some European IC weekend stays might come out slightly worse off as a result. (I managed 3k points from a stay there last weekend – 2k base plus 1k “Elite Bonus Points”)

    • I noticed the IC in Berlin had come down in price too, it’s cheaper than the Crowne Plaza and only just more than the Holiday Inn on some nights. Not much use if like me you’ve booked at the old higher non-refundable rate.

  8. …and as if by magic I’ve now received the email (Subject: This changes everything. Experience more, earn more) which links through to the site: http://www.ihg.com/hotels/gb/en/global/offers/offers/ic_variable_qe?cm_mmc=EMAIL-_-AH_AWA-_-AH_ICEarnStructure_20140529-_-EMEN-_-PRIMARY_CTA

  9. Just speculation you understand.

    As they are moving more towards revenue recognition/reward/loyalty payment from nights recognition, how long will it be before Royal Ambassador is based on revenue rather than nights ?


  10. Lipton says:

    I am staying in an intercontinental
    Hotel in August. Is the increase in points for stays made after July 1st or bookings and stays made after July 1st.

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