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IHG One Rewards Overview

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IHG Hotels and Resorts One Rewards program is a hotel loyalty program that allows customers to earn points when they stay at any of the IHG Hotels & Resorts brand properties. As a member, you’ll be able to redeem your points for rewards like free nights and airline miles. With over 6,000 hotels and resorts in 100 countries, the program is designed to make your travel experiences as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. This article will take a closer look at IHG One Rewards program and benefits offered to it’s members.

IHG One Rewards

As a part of the IHG One Rewards Loyalty Program, you can earn points with every stay at IHG Hotels and Resorts properties. It’s free to join and reward nights start at 5,000 points depending on location and room type. Not only do members save on their reservations, but they also gain access to exclusive discounts and special offers. Additional benefits include:

  • No blackout dates
  • Access to member rates
  • Free WI-FI
  • Late check out option
  • 25% off for 2 or more night stays at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas booked through IHG. Receive a 30% discount if booked 60 days in advance.

Earn points

Members can accumulate points with their hotel stays and exchange them for free nights at IHG Hotels & Resorts worldwide. Alternatively, they can opt in to receive airline miles which can be used towards future flights. With both options, members have access to exclusive partners, offers, and experiences that make traveling more rewarding. You will earn 10 points for every dollar spent at most IHG hotels and 5 points per every dollar spent at Candlewood and Staybridge Suites locations.

Hertz Rental: Earn 1,500 points per rental with Hertz. Be sure to book your rental directly through IHG website to receive your points.

GrubHub: Earn 500 IHG One points for your first ever GrubHub order placed through IHG website. Earn 250 IHG points for every additional order.

OpenTable: Earn up to 500 IHG One points for making a reservation through OpenTable on IHG.

IHG Hotels and Resorts Brands

IHG Hotels & Resorts Brands – source: ihg.com

IHG Hotels and Resorts offers a wide range of accommodations to suit all kinds of travelers. Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly options or luxury stays, IHG has you covered. Below is a list of the hotel brands associated with IHG:

Six Senses, Regent, Hualuxe Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Iberostar Beachfront Resorts, Atwell Suites, Staybridge Suites, Vignette Collection, Even, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Avid, Voco and Hotel Indigo.

Milestone Rewards

When you reach 20 qualified nights in a calendar year, you become eligible to choose a reward for every 10 nights that follow. You have the opportunity to earn and choose up to 100 rewards throughout the course of one calendar year. Below is a list of the reward options you will be eligible to receive if you hit the corresponding number of nights. Note — you can only choose one reward for most milestone levels.

20 nights:

  • 5,000 Bonus Points
  • 2 Food & Beverage Rewards
  • 1 Confirmable Suite Upgrade

30 nights:

  • 5,000 Bonus Points
  • 2 Food & Beverage Rewards

40 nights: Bonus choice will allow you to choose two of the following rewards:

  • 10,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 Food & Beverage Rewards
  • 1 Confirmable Suite Upgrade (limit 1)
  • Annual Lounge Membership (limit 1)

50 nights:

  • 10,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 Food & Beverage Rewards

60 nights:

  • 10,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 Food & Beverage Rewards

70 nights: Bonus choice will allow you to choose two of the following rewards option.

  • 10,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 Food & Beverage Rewards
  • 2 Confirmable Suite Upgrades (limit 1)
  • Annual Lounge Membership (limit 1)

80 nights:

  • 10,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 Food & Beverage Rewards

90 nights:

  • 10,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 Food & Beverage Rewards

100 nights:

  • 10,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 Food & Beverage Rewards

Tiers

IHG offers a 5 tier elite status system that rewards its members with increasing benefits as they progress up the ladder.

Club Member

The first tier offered by IHG and when you sign up for the rewards program, you’ll automatically be enrolled in this entry-level tier. As a member of this tier, you will be eligible for:

  • Earn points for reward nights with no blackout dates
  • Member rates and promotion options
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Late 2PM check out option (if available)
  • Points will expire in a 12 month period if your account is inactive. In order to avoid your points to expire, earn or redeem at least one point every 12 months.

Silver Elite

In order to achieve this tier status level you will need to have accumulated 10 qualified nights in a 12 month period. All of the benefits offered in the Club membership tier is included in addition to:

  • Earn 20% bonus points
  • Points will not expire

Gold Elite

To obtain the Gold Elite tier level you will need to have banked 20 qualified nights or 40,000 points in a 12 month period. Additional benefits include:

  • Earn 40% bonus points
  • The ability to rollover extra nights to use towards earning status next year
  • Start earning Milestone rewards

Platinum Elite

In order to reach Platinum Elite you will need to have accumulated 40 qualified nights or 60,000 points in a 12 month period. All of the benefits included with the previous tiers are included as well as:

  • Earn 60% bonus points
  • Complimentary room upgrades when available
  • Welcome amenity when checking in (points or snack/drink)
  • Early check in option, when available
  • Reward night discounts
  • Guaranteed room availability with 72 hours noice

Diamond Elite

The highest elite tier advertised by IHG and all of the benefits offered in the previous tiers are included. In order to reach this tier level you will need to have banked 70 qualified nights or 120,000 points in a 12 month period. Additional benefits offered are as follows:

  • Earn 100% bonus points
  • Dedicated Diamond support line for bookings and hotel needs
  • Welcome amenity at check in (Free breakfast for two, points or drink/snack)

InterContinental Ambassador Program

The InterContinental Bangkok, Thailand - photo courtesy of IHG
The InterContinental Bangkok, Thailand – photo courtesy of IHG

The Ambassador program is specific to IHG InterContinental branded properties and it is not earned, it’s bought for the low price of $200. To start with, once you join and pay your membership fee, you’re automatically awarded Platinum Elite status. Additional benefits include:

  • Guaranteed one category room upgrades
  • Extended 4PM Late Checkout
  • One complimentary weekend night to use for the second night of a paid weekend stay (can be used at Kimpton & Regent as well)
  • $20 Bar & Restaurant credit per stay
  • Complimentary waters
  • Single room rate for double occupancy stays

While these benefits are exclusive to InterContinental hotels (and Six Senses properties) — due to your automatic Platinum status, you’ll have some great benefits at all IHG properties. And beyond Ambassador status, InterContinental invites a small percentage of Ambassador members to their Royal Ambassador program which includes even more exclusive perks.

Airline Partners

IHG One Rewards program is associated with an impressive 42 airline partners, which allows you to earn airline miles/points on your stay instead of free night rewards. Below is a list of a few selected airline partners and the amount of points you will will earn while staying at IHG locations:

American Airlines: Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on qualifying room rates at all IHG locations. Candlewood and Staybridge properties you will earn 1 mile per dollar spent. You also have the option to redeem 10,000 IHG One Rewards points for 2,000 AAdvantage points. You will need to contact IHG service center to concert existing points.

Delta: Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on all IHG room rates. Earn 1 miles per dollar spent on room rates at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood and Staybridge Suites. You can also redeem 10,000 IHG points for 2,000 Sky miles by contacting IHG service center.

JetBlue: Earn 2 TrueBlue points per $1 spent on qualifying room rates at IHG locations. Earn 1 TrueBlue point per $1 spent on roommates at Candlewood and Staybridge Suites. Redeem 10,000 IHG points for 2,000 TruBlue points by contacting IHG service center.

Alaska Airlines: Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on IHG room rates. Earn 1 mile per $1 sent at Candlewood and Staybridge Suites. Redeem 10,000 IHG points for 2,000 Alaska miles by contacting IHG service center.

United Airlines: Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on room rates at IHG locations. Earn 1 mile per $1 spent at Candlewood and Staybridge Suites. Redeem 10,000 IHG points for 2,000 MileagePlus miles by contacting the IHG service center.

Final Thoughts

The IHG One Rewards program is an ideal choice for travelers who frequently stay at IHG hotels. It offers generous rewards including points, discounts, and exclusive perks that can be used to save money on hotel stays and other travel-related expenses. The program’s simplicity and flexible redemption options make it appealing. IHG One Rewards tier system allows it’s members to earn reward points quickly and offer up additional benefits to its members depending on your tier level. And the ability to immediately reach Platinum status for a $200 membership in the Ambassador program is certainly appealing if you stay at InterContinental or Six Senses properties often. All in all, the IHG One Rewards program is an attractive choice for anyone looking to maximize their travel experiences around the globe.

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IHG Pride image – courtesy of IHG

Editorial Note: Information and opinions articulated in this article are solely those of the author’s, not those of a credit card company, bank, airline or hotel chain. This article has not been reviewed or approved by or otherwise endorsed by any of these companies or organizations.

Travis is a Senior Editor at Miles Junkie. An avid outdoorsman, you'll see him shredding the slopes of Colorado in the winter and cutting rounds to heat his home in the national forests during the summer. He lives with his wife and three dogs in southwest Colorado.

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