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Staying at an InterContinental hotel is about to get more rewarding, with parent group IHG dropping the flat '2,000 points per stay' rule for a far more generous 10 IHG Reward points for every dollar spent at InterContinental properties worldwide.
The new rules, which kick in from July 1, will dramatically boost the earning capability of guests by allowing everything from the nightly room rate to meals and drinks at the restaurant and bar, room service and laundry.
(But you can forget about earning points on in-room Internet charges, as this will be free for all IHG Rewards Club members from July 1, and not just at InterContinental hotels but at all IHG properties worldwide.)
IHG introduced this system to InterContinental properties in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean in 2012, but InterContinental hotels in the rest of the world remained on the old '2,000 point ceiling'.
There's no maximum earn for IHG Rewards points under the new system: the more you spend, the more you earn.
And almost every traveller will be better off, because applying the '10 points per dollar' rate to that 2,000 point per stay rule means you'd not be earning any points past the first $200 spent – which in most cases is less than the cost of a room for a single night.
The bottom line? This is one 'enhancement' which actually lives up to the word and is a clear win for the customer.
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