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Learning how to redeem IHG rewards points can be very valuable. And taking advantage of bonus points is one of my favorite things to do, and that’s been easy lately with all the recent hotel card offers.
For example, you can take advantage of the limited-time bonus on the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. You can earn 125,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.
Alternatively, you can earn 75,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months of account opening with the IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card. You also earn 15x points per $1 spent at IHG hotels. And you get a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights.
This is the one credit card that I regret canceling. Hurts.
With IHG rewards being valuable you really want to redeem them wisely. This may take a little work on your part but it is well worth it, and doing your homework for this is really a lot of fun too.
What you really want to focus on is using the least amount of points that you can for the most value. IHG has properties that range from Holiday Inn to Intercontinental so there’s a property for everyone. All that to say here is how you can redeem IHG Rewards Club Points.
You only need 5,000 points for a night when you use your IHG points for PointBreaks Hotels! PointBreaks hotels are hands down one of the best hotel award redemptions. It can be hard to find a location that works for you and your travels, but when you do…Score!
IHG Reward Chart
There are 9 different categories of hotels for point rewards so you have a lot of choices. Standard IHG Rewards nights run from 10,000 – 60,000 points and their chain has a worldwide footprint, so no matter where you travel there should be an IHG hotel to consider. And you can also you use your IHG Points + Cash to make a booking.
It’s also worth mentioning that the IHG Rewards Club program is a transfer partner of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards. So you can top off your IHG account if you hold an Ink card or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
Some IHG rewards point redemptions options are:
Category one IHG properties are the lowest at 10,000 points, and you would have enough points for over 8 nights if you took advantage of the IHG offer.
While there are many that are in this point range a favorite is the Candlewood Suites. An example is the one in Mobile Alabama. It is close to all the attractions and you can enjoy a studio suite that comes with a kitchen. This is a great way to capitalize on your points and allows you to save money from having to eat out all the time. If you want to buy groceries and cook. To each their own.
If you want to enjoy what Canada has to offer, then there are also some great category one Hotels to choose from. A popular one is the Staybridge Hotel in Hamilton, Ontario. If you are into history there are some great landmarks to see here. The Hotel itself is beautiful and you have the choice of a studio suite or one bedroom.
If you are looking for some real adventure or a classier experience then you will want to look at some of the Intercontinental Hotels that IHG has on their list of properties. A lot of these fall into the category 5 listings. If Mexico is a destination that you have chosen then you may want to choose the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa.
No matter whether you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway or you are taking the kids with you, this hotel is well worth spending your points on. You will get a pool view room. It is also right on the beach, so it doesn’t get any better than this.
If Mexico isn’t your choice but the Intercontinental Hotels are, then you have plenty of other locations to choose from. Remember that you will mostly be using 30,000 points for a night’s stay in the category five.
It may be that you really want to be extravagant and pamper yourself with your points, which means you are going to want to go to a category nine. You are going to be using 50,000 points here but for that special getaway, it may be well worth it. If you combine this extravaganza with a trip to the Caribbean then you really are going to have an exceptional holiday. Here you may want to choose the Intercontinental San Juan Resort and Casino.
Of course, you are going to want more than a one-night stay, and we are talking about putting your points to the best use. You will still be left with over 25,000 after your first night so you could always add cash to this and put it towards your second night. Or you could use your reward anniversary night, which is valid at any category IHG property.
Making the IHG Rewards Redemption a Family Affair
One of the greatest ways of making good use of your points is when the whole family gets to enjoy the benefits they can bring. This means a family vacation that is kid friendly. It doesn’t mean that you need to leave the country either to do this.
A favorite of many is the kid-friendly activities to be enjoyed in San Diego. The highlights of this vacation will be the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. For some water fun, the kids might like to get involved in some surfing lessons. Of course, you want to use your points to pay for your hotel. There are lots of choices in quality IHG hotels is San Diego, in fact, there are currently 26 to choose from, with one of the most popular being the Holiday Inn Express Downtown.
Closing Thoughts On How You Can Redeem IHG Rewards Club Points
Only you can decide how you would like to redeem your IHG Rewards points when taking some time away from home, but you have options with your IHG points.
IHG recently bought Kimpton, so hopefully, there will an opportunity to use IHG points for their hotels as well.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
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