InterContinental hotels drop 2,000 point IHG Rewards earn rate

By David Flynn, May 31 2014
InterContinental hotels drop 2,000 point IHG Rewards earn rate

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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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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03 Dec 2013

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This sounds like propaganda. Every savvy traveler knows that IHG are the shoddiest of hotel operators and never honors their promotions especially the " lowest price guarantee" on their website. See forum on the subject

22 May 2011

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i agree - their best price guarantee is woeful - there is some clause that cannot be explained properly which somehow gets them out of having to match the rate, such that you'll probably end up worse off!

01 Jun 2014

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About time these benefits were added! but too little too late, the reputation has already been tarnished.

I must say I'm quite astonished that the group seems to be expanding so rapidly as I agree with the other posters on integrity issues.

Our company have banned the use of Intercontinental hotels throughout our organization in view of their questionable marketing endeavors which borders on misrepresentation.

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