Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) is a major international hotel chain encompassing brands such as Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental, Regent, Holiday Inn and more.

IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty program of the group, where you can earn points on stays to use as rewards later, as well as earn status so frequent travellers have more benefits and recognition.

All members also get lower rates on most stays, so it makes sense to sign-up if you are going to book with an IHG property directly.

How do I join IHG Rewards?

Joining IHG Rewards is free and easy. If you’re not already a member, then follow these steps:

  1. Head to the ‘Join IHG’ page and enter your personal details.
  2. Read and accept the Terms & Conditions and the Privacy Policy.
  3. Click ‘Join now’ to become a member.
  4. Log in to your account while booking with hotels directly to take advantage of lower rates, and to earn points after your stay.

What IHG Rewards hotel brands are there?

IHG has 14 different hotel brands within its portfolio, as below:

IHG brands

You can earn and redeem IHG rewards points on stays at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Regent, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Hualuxe, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Intercontinental, Voco, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Avid and Even Hotels.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
The Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport

What are the IHG Reward Levels?

The IHG Rewards program has four different Club tiers, plus a paid membership program. The tiers are:

  • Club
  • Gold Elite
  • Platinum Elite
  • Spire Elite

Some IHG status benefits aren’t valid at Intercontinental Hotels. This is where a paid Intercontinental Ambassador membership comes in handy (explained later below).

IHG Club card IHG Rewards Club Member

Requirement: just enrolment in the program

  • Collect points or miles on stays
  • Discounted member rates
  • Free internet

IHG Gold Elite card IHG Rewards Gold Elite

Requirement: 10 qualified nights or 10,000 Elite qualifying points

In addition to Club Member benefits, Gold Elite members receive:

  • 10% more points earned on top of the base points
  • Extended check-out
  • IHG Rewards Points don’t expire
  • Free internet

IHG Platinum Elite Card IHG Rewards Platinum Elite

Requirement: 40 qualified nights or 40,000 Elite qualifying points

In addition to Gold Elite benefits, Platinum members can expect:

  • 50% more points earned on top of the base points
  • Elite roll-over nights
  • Complimentary room upgrade
  • Guaranteed room availability

Room upgrades don’t necessarily mean getting a better category of room. It could simply be the same category on a higher floor, corner room or newly-renovated.

IHG Spire Elite card IHG Rewards Spire Elite

Requirement: 75 qualified nights or 75,000 Elite qualifying points

In addition to Gold Elite benefits, Platinum members can expect:

  • 100% more points earned on top of the base points
  • 10am early check-in if selected as a stay preference
  • Exclusive choice benefit upon receiving status
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star upgrade
IHG Rewards Spire Elite Status
Small perks of Spire Elite status

IHG Intercontinental Ambassador Intercontinental Ambassador benefits

Requirement: US$200/year membership

The paid Intercontinental Ambassador program costs $200 USD a year ($275 AUD with our currently weak currency) and gives you instant Platinum Elite IHG Rewards status.

It also gives special perks when staying at Intercontinental hotels worldwide that you wouldn’t normally get with IHG status, such as:

  • Guaranteed upgrades
  • 4pm checkout
  • A complimentary weekend night stay
  • US$20 in restaurants and bar credits
Intercontinental Sydney
Intercontinental Sydney has marvellous views

How do I earn IHG Rewards points?

The main way to earn IHG Rewards points is by staying at their hotels. The bigger brands offer 10 points for each $1 USD (or equivalent currency) spent on your hotel room bill. This normally includes the room rate and any incidentals you charge to the room, such as dining.

IHG runs many bonus offers where you can earn thousands more points on certain stays. Recurring offers include ‘A Greener Stay’, where foregoing housekeeping can earn you 500 bonus points.

You can buy IHG points to build up your balance to the next reward. Our guide to IHG points promotions is updated regularly, so you can see when the best offers are. The lowest rate to purchase promotional points to date is $0.50 USD per point. 

IHG also has partners that offer IHG Rewards points on purchases, such as Hertz and Thrifty.

How do I redeem IHG Rewards points?

IHG Rewards points are often used to book reward night stays at hotels. Reward Nights are valid for a base double or king room for one night, tax included. The number of points needed for a stay depends on the property and can be viewed when making a booking on the IHG website.

Redeeming IHG Rewards 1

For excellent value stays, consider using your balance for IHG PointBreaks promotions, where you can often get a room for 5,000 points. When buying points on sale, that’s as low as USD $25!

What effect will COVID-19 have on the IHG Rewards program?

IHG have made changes to their loyalty program to support their members to manage their status, points, and benefits in 2020 and beyond, cognisant of how hard it will be to travel for the rest of the year.

Membership Status

The number of nights or points required to earn status in 2020 has been reduced by 25%.

Those who have already earned status in 2020 will automatically have it extended until January 2022.

The table below summarises these changes:

Ways to Qualify for IHG Rewards status in 2020 because of COVID-19

Points Expiration

If you have status, your points never expire. So, for those who have already retained or earned status in 2020, your IHG Rewards points will be valid until January 2022 at the earliest.

For IHG Rewards Club members with no status, points expire after 12 months of inactivity. So, for members with points due to expire from 1 April, IHG are extending the expiration date to 31 December 2020.

If you’re concerned about your points expiring after these dates, you can just donate some, or buy a small number to extend their validity.

Other changes

Those who have joined the paid Intercontinental Ambassador program will receive a complimentary three-month membership extension, with an extension of the same duration to their unredeemed Weekend Night Certificates.

If you’re one of the few with invite only membership to Royal Ambassador and Inner Circle, your 2020 earned status will similarly be extended through to January 2022, and you’ll also receive new stay certificates in 2021.

How do I contact IHG?

To contact IHG Rewards Club specifically, call 1800 007 697 or +800 2222 7172. This is separate from Reservations Services and contacting individual hotels, which are usually managed independently.

To Live Chat IHG Rewards, go onto any page on their website, scroll down and click on ‘Need Help?’ to open up a chat window, then type in ‘Live Chat’.

Contacting IHG

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IHG Rewards Club?

IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty program of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, where you can earn points on stays to use as rewards later, as well as earn status so frequent travellers have more benefits and recognition.

How many points do you need for an IHG Rewards free night?

You will need between 5,000 points for a PointBreaks promotion stay, up to 70,000 IHG points per night for a stay at one of their top-level hotels. Rates can be viewed on the IHG website when making a booking.

What hotels are part of IHG Rewards?

You can earn and redeem IHG rewards points on stays at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Regent, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Hualuxe, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Intercontinental, Voco, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Avid and Even Hotels.

Is IHG Rewards Club free to join?

Yes, it doesn’t cost money to join IHG Rewards Club. Instructions on how to sign-up are in this guide.

What is IHG Rewards phone number? 

To contact IHG Rewards Club call 1800 007 697 or +800 2222 7172.

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New to the IHG Rewards program? Start here was last modified: September 22nd, 2020 by Steven Ang
New to the IHG Rewards program? Start here was last modified: September 22nd, 2020 by Steven Ang