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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.

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.


IHG One Rewards update – May 2024:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering 2,000 bonus points for every two cash nights you stay (not necessarily consecutive) between 1st April and 31st May 2024. You can read our full article here and you can register here.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

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  • 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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