Real World Machine values IHG Rewards Club points at 0.8 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes IHG points less valuable than Accor, Hyatt, Starwood, and Wyndham points, as equally as valuable as Marriott points, and more valuable than Best Western, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, and Hilton points.
Measured as a reward points rebate for non-elite members, the IHG Rewards Club program rebates you 8.0%, in the form of points, for your spending on room rates, exclusive of taxes but inclusive of incidentals at full-service brands, with InterContinental Hotels Group. Those at the top elite status level, which is Spire Elite, get a 16.0% points rebate.
How Did We Calculate the Value?
The value of one point is determined primarily by the point cost to redeem IHG Rewards Club points towards room nights. Award night redemption costs are are based on 20 destinations…10 domestic and 10 international. For consistency, the same cities are used to compare multiple hotel groups when determining point value.
The valuation also factors in the variety of redemption options, the size of the InterContinental’s network, and the availability of awards. IHG performs decently on all three of these factors.
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First, IHG’s 10+ brands, offer a good variety of amenities and luxuriousness at different price points for points redemption, from the high-end InterContinental luxury brand, to family-friendly brands like Holiday Inn, to extended-stay brands like Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Whether you traveling by yourself, with your significant other, or with family using your award nights, there is a good chance that there is an IHG brand to match your style and number of traveling companions.
InterContinental, has a reasonble presence in the United States, even if they lag behind Marriott and Hilton; IHG does have one of the strongest global footprints of any hotel group. Furthermore, InterContinental has the fourth greatest number of properties and the third greatest number of rooms of any hotel group in the world.
Finally, award availability and inventory at most IHG properties tends to be good.
Want to see more? You can check out our full table of the value of one point, and the average rebate percentage (in points) per dollar spent, for leading hotel groups like Accor, Best Western, Carlson Rezidor, Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham along with airline, rail, and rental car travel providers.