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Top IHG Reward Night destinations, Americas: No. 10-6

So you have some points saved up. Maybe even a lot of points. And you can use those points to stay at any IHG hotel anywhere in the world. Sounds good, right?

But having so many options can be both a blessing and a curse. With 5,200 hotels to choose from, where do you even start to look? Well, that’s where we come in.

Today we’re presenting you with 5 of the 10 most popular Reward Night destinations in the Americas. So explore the list, imagine the possibilities and start planning your dream vacation. (And when you go, don’t forget to share your #TravelFirsts.)

Here’s 10-6:

10. Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive

Jamaica your friends your jealous when you tell them about this all-inclusive Montego Bay resort. It’s everything you imagine when you hear the words “tropical paradise.” White sand beaches, lush tropical gardens, an on-site spa… you can even order drinks with those little red umbrellas in them. And your photos are going to get so many likes on Instagram.

Plus, there’s that all-inclusive part…

You’ve got 5 on-site restaurants to choose from, standard rooms and suites, salons, ocean-view pools, a friendly staff & a casino to enjoy. And it’s on Montego Bay—which has sunsets brighter than you’ve ever dreamed.

Oh, and did we mention it has its own private island?

Property Highlights:

  • Beachfront property & ocean views
  • Spa, casino & on-site game rooms
  • 5 all-inclusive restaurants to choose from
  • Restful pools & relaxing atmosphere
  • Children’s activity center
  • Average Reward Night Cost: 40,000 Points


9. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort – Orlando

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort – Orlando

This is as close as you can get to Disney World without staying in the park. So it’s no wonder members march to this home of happiness. But even if it were in another town, this Orlando resort would still be worth the points—because it’s practically an amusement park itself.

You can stay in spacious hotel suites, a condo-style studio, or a villa with up to 3 rooms and 2,475 square feet—complete with a kitchen & washer/dryer. How convenient is that for packing? And the property is a vacationer’s paradise. Golf, lazy river tubing, tons of food, and good ol’ family fun everywhere you turn.

Now, we probably don’t need to tell you about Orlando, but if for some reason do you want to leave the property, there’s (space) mountains of fun to be had. And not just for kids.

Property Highlights:

  • Lazy river, zero-entry pools & waterslides
  • 4 golf courses & mini-golf
  • 2 Fitness centers, arcades & playgrounds
  • 8 on-site restaurants
  • Villas with separate bedrooms & living areas
  • Fully furnished kitchens & washer/dryers
  • Average Reward Night Cost: 35,000 Points


8. The Venetian® Las Vegas

Top IHG Reward Nights: The Venetian

There are no “rooms” at The Venetian®. Every guest here stays in a luxury suite. In fact, it’s the only all-suite property on the Las Vegas Strip. At this luxury resort, you can enjoy palatial pools, a world-class casino and unforgettable shows—all without leaving the property.

Plus, The Venetian features 38 dining options, including restaurants from acclaimed chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. (You can find a few brunch recommendations here.) Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure or a culinary experience, you can find it at The Venetian.

Property Highlights:

  • Connected to The Palazzo® Las Vegas
  • Suites starting at 650 square feet
  • 38 restaurants (including several from renowned chefs)
  • 10 expansive pools and a relaxing spa
  • Nightlife, live shows and seasonal events on-site
  • Average Reward Night Cost: 60,000 Points


7. Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach

Top Reward Night: Holiday Inn Resort Panama City

When Panama City comes up in conversation, one immediately conjures up an image of tropical drinks, sugar-sand beaches and, yes, probably a Spring Break memory or two.

This quintessential Florida beach town is among the most popular in the U.S.—and for good reason. Reliable weather, gulf-coast vista views and a bevy of seafood restaurants make visits to the Florida Panhandle an annual tradition for many Americans.

So it’s no surprise that Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach checks in at #8 on our list. The resort features a lagoon-style pool (with a cascading waterfall), hot tubs and the new SeaGlass Bar & Grill. This resort also caters to kids, with a water playground and free daily outdoor activities.

And did we mention that every room has a private balcony facing the Gulf of Mexico?

Property Highlights:

  • Private balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Beach access, an outdoor pool, hot tubs and a water playground for kids
  • 5 on-site dining options, including full-service restaurants, bars and lounges
  • Average Reward Night Cost: 40,000 Points


6. Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha

Top Reward Night: Crowne Plaza Key West La Concha

We’ve already covered the Florida Panhandle and South Florida. For this destination, we’ll go even farther south. In fact, Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha is just a few blocks away from the southernmost point in the continental United States.

So naturally the weather at this destination is about as hot as one can hope for in America. In addition to great weather, Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha puts guests in a prime location to experience all that the town has to offer, including nearby museums, fine dining and chic shopping.

On-site, the hotel features a rooftop spa, a tranquil outdoor pool and a full-service restaurant and bar. The hotel also has a distinctly historic vibe. Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha dates back to 1926 and has hosted famous guests including Harry Truman, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.

Property Highlights:

  • Outdoor pool and rooftop spa
  • A restaurant, bar and juice bar on-site
  • Historic landmark status (built in 1926)
  • Average Reward Night Cost: 50,000 Points

So there you have the first half of our Top 10 Reward Night Destinations. What’s the #1 destination? Here’s the Top IHG Reward Night Destinations, Americas: No. 5 to 1.

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10 Best IHG Hotels In Europe

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What are the best IHG hotels in Europe? The best include InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand, Lyon, Marseille, London Park Lane, Paris Le Grand, Davos, Kimpton Fitzroy, Madrid, London The O2, and Amstel Amsterdam.

IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies. IHG owns several brands, including InterContinental, Regent Hotels, Six Senses Hotels, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts, Hualuxe, Crowne Plaza, voco Hotels, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn club vacations, avid, Candlewood Suites, EVEN Hotels, and Staybridge Suites. The most luxurious of these are the InterContinental, Regent Hotels, Six Senses Hotels, and Kimpton Hotels and Resorts, so all the best IHG Hotels In Europe have been picked from these brands.

Some of the best InterContinental hotels in Europe also have executive club lounges, with the Paris and London InterContinental hotels offering free lounge access if you book via our luxury travel concierge.

Our luxury travel concierge, which is part of the largest luxury travel agency in America, Travel Edge, offers free Luxury and Lifestyle benefits at all InterContinental hotels. This includes perks like free breakfast, $100 USD resort credit, and room upgrades (subject to availability). In fact, we offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at many luxury hotel brands, including the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, and more at no extra cost. Contact us for a quote.

Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:

  • Room upgrade to next category
  • Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
  • Complimentary Welcome Gift
  • $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
  • Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

1. InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

The gorgeous city of Bordeaux in the South West of France houses one of the best IHG hotels in Europe. Stay in a hotel as stunning as the city itself at the InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel.

This historic hotel lies on the Place de la Comédie in the very heart of the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’. The vibrant city of Bordeaux is a delightful contrast between the historical and the contemporary, known for its architecture, art, and history as much as its gastronomic scene and, of course, the wine! Almost everywhere in the city is within walking distance, but if you don’t fancy walking, the tram stops right outside the hotel.

The hotel is housed in a former stately home, built in 1789, but has been somewhat of a legend in the hotel business for more than a century. Recently renovated by renowned designer Jacques Garcia, the hotel now exudes an elegant Baroque opulence that feels inherently French and, of course, divinely luxurious.

The facilities are predictably excellent. The exclusive leisure and relaxation area includes the ultra-glamorous spa with its decadent, designer pool, ten treatment rooms, hammam, fitness center, tea room, and outside terrace; there can be few better ways to spend a lazy afternoon than chilling in the jacuzzi with a drink from the bar while you soak up the magnificent city.

There are 130 rooms, of which 44 of these are suites, and 21 of these offer spectacular views of the Grand-Théâtre (L’Opéra National de Bordeaux) and the Place de la Comédie. All the rooms feature luxury amenities, including heated floors, marble bathrooms with bathtubs, ornate furnishing, high-tech television systems, and a daily newspaper. Upgrade your room for a view, or upgrade to a Suite for chicer opulence, more space, and an even better view.

The beautiful gastronomic restaurant Le Pressoir d’Argent boasts 2 Michelin stars and a menu rich in local produce. In Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay brasserie, you’ll find culinary delights from Southwest France alongside traditional British dishes. Gordon Ramsay also oversees the food served in the bars, the Conference and Banqueting department, and Room Service. Evenings here must always end at the stunning and very trendy, vast roof terrace “Night Beach.” It’s infamous throughout Bordeaux for its elegance and chilled vibe plus, of course, breathtaking 360°panoramic views of Bordeaux.

2. InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu

A contemporary haven nestled in a historical landmark in the center of the capital of gastronomy, InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu is one of the city’s most emblematic historical landmark buildings, originally dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Views from the hotel are always stunning, be it of the river Rhône or of the listed historic courtyards.

The Grand Hôtel-Dieu is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was built on the banks of the River Rhône in Lyon way back in 1184. One hundred forty-four rooms run across three floors and enjoy road-and-river or peaceful courtyard views. The design is swish with gold and slate color schemes. Duplex suites have double-height arched windows and mosaic-tiled bathrooms offering magnolia-scented amenities by Parisian perfumer Frederic Malle.

Following a four-year restoration and new interiors by Jean-Philippe Nuel, the hotel is now stunning. The bar is built in the former chapel and is topped by Le Grande Dome, which soars 105 feet in height. The Grand Dome can be seen from all over Lyon. Epona restaurant offers excellent cuisine in a modern dining room with views over the river. At the back, there’s a courtyard and garden where you can dine alfresco on warm nights.

A well-equipped fitness room is open 24 hours a day, and guests have complimentary use of a sauna, steam room, and yoga classes. Spa Le Tigre is where you book massages or treatments. The enormous landmark building that houses the hotel is also home to offices, shops, restaurants, and bars, which means that the hotel offers a great base and is surrounded by lively local businesses.

3. InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu

The InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu was a palatial 18th-century hospital that has been exquisitely restored to five-star hotel standards. It has 179 rooms, 15 suites, including 72 with views of the Old Port and 33 with a private terrace. Designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, a well-respected designer of luxury hotels, the rooms and suites offer magical views, stylish decor, walk-in showers, and separate tubs. This hotel is definitely one of the best IHG hotels in Europe!

The hotel is situated on a hill, on the edge of the Panier (Old Town), and near lively bars and restaurants which sit on the waterfront. The artwork and original features make this hotel rather special. While there is no outdoor pool, the concierge will arrange access to a private swimming club across the Old Port. There is also a Clarins spa and a gym.

The Alcyone restaurant is Michelin starred with excellent food. There is also an informal Fenêtres brasserie, with a fantastic outdoor terrace offering brilliant views over Marseille. The cocktail bar also has a terrace.

4. InterContinental London Park Lane

InterContinental London Park Lane features at the top of our best club lounges in London. This elegant luxury hotel sits right in the heart of London. It offers rooms of varying sizes with incredible views across Regents and Green Park as well as the Hyde Park Corner roundabout. It also has a great gym, Elemis Spa, two excellent restaurants, and an unbeatable location.

There is a hint of the oriental in the newly refurbished rooms with pretty blossom designs on the headboards, loads of mirrors, and light, warm marble bathrooms. Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, early check-in / late check-out (all subject to availability), and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The view in this club lounge is an absolute winner. It is simply the best view from any Executive Lounge in London. The view looks south towards the Thames with Big Ben and the London Eye in the distance to your left, Hyde Park corner in the middle, and Knightsbridge to your right. On Guy Fawkes night and New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy the distant fireworks across the London skyline from this wonderful lounge. In the distance, you can also see the spires of Battersea Power station and Green Park with Buckingham Palace is hidden in the trees beyond. You are literally looking down on the Queen (assuming that she is in residence!).

5. InterContinental Paris Le Grand

InterContinental Paris Le Grand easily offers one of the best club lounges in Paris. The last time I was in the InterContinental Paris club lounge, we booked a wonderful rooftop room in the eaves of this historic hotel. The view was out over the rooftops of Paris, and it couldn’t have been more romantic. The InterContinental Le Grand is conveniently located in the Opera district, very close to the Place Concorde, Rue Faubourg Honore, Champs Elysees, etc. The hotel has been beautifully refurbished and remodeled and is one of Paris’s most beautiful and luxurious hotels.

Even if you have loyalty status or are an InterContinental Ambassador, you will be charged around 150 Euros to access the club lounge at this InterContinental in Paris. If you book with our luxury travel concierge you get all your usual benefits. We can apply your loyalty number to your booking so that you can collect your points, plus you will also get Club Lounge access absolutely free, even when you book their standard room.

6. InterContinental Davos, Switzerland

InterContinental Davos lies in an excellent secluded mountain setting outside Davos, offering luxurious, chic and contemporary accommodation within a four-minute drive from Davos Dorf train station. This is undoubtedly the best hotel in Davos.

The services and quality of this hotel are outstanding. Rooms are generous in size, and guests can admire the stunning views or take in the striking modern architecture that has made the hotel a local landmark. Depending on the season, guests can hike in the mountains or ski on the nearby slopes.

InterContinental Davos boasts an acclaimed spa, pool, and kids club as well as extensive, private meeting facilities and an expansive conference center with 10 modern, sophisticated spaces, from boardrooms to a ballroom, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology. For informal gatherings, there’s a large, naturally lit foyer, and outdoor areas are also available.

As of August 2019, InterContinental Davos also offers hassle-free and complimentary charging for electric cars in their parking garage for overnight hotel guests! In terms of dining, 5 restaurants and bars offer a wide range of delicious cuisines and fine dining.

Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, early check-in / late check-out (all subject to availability), and complimentary Wi-Fi.

7. Kimpton Fitzroy In London

The Kimpton Fitzroy in London offers stunning style right on Russell Square in Bloomsbury, known as the literary heart of London. Less than a minutes’ walk away, just around the corner is the nearest London Underground station, Russell Square, on the Piccadilly Line. A lovely 5-minute meander across the charming Russell Square takes you to the British Museum. Covent Garden is a 15-20 minute walk away.

A Grade II listed iconic landmark building houses the hotel. Restored to its former glory, the hotel now stands proud and rather spectacularly overlooking the square. The stunning entrance hall, carved from marble and limestone with pillars, has a sweeping staircase and a vast mosaic floor. The luxurious guest rooms are dressed in neutral tones with flashes of color to amuse and add a distinctly British touch, with standout bathrooms that also reflect that love of marble. Each dining and drinking establishments are style statements in its own right.

There is a 24-hour fitness center on-site, with TechnoGym cardio machines, air-conditioning, free weights, bottled water, and towels provided. If you are looking for a more private workout experience, a yoga mat can be found in every room.

The Kimpton Fitzroy cocktail bar oozes glamour and opulence; beautifully lit, it feels like a decadent speakeasy with velvet chairs, an utterly fabulous oversized spinning disco ball, ostrich feathers, and smooth jazz tunes. They serve bar snacks alongside their inventive cocktail menu, so there’s no need to rush your visit.

8. InterContinental Madrid

InterContinental Madrid has the best executive club lounge in Madrid but we still prefer the Four Seasons as our best hotel choice in Spain. The problem with the InterContinental Madrid is that it is situated on the Paseo de la Castellana at the northern side of the Salamanca fashion district.

This means it is not an easy walk into the city center, and you would be wise to hop on the tube at the nearby Rubén Darío metro station. Some argue that this is an exciting area with the 24-hour outdoor Museo de Arte Público, with works by 20th-century Spanish sculptors displayed underneath a rather depressing concrete flyover. We think that this location, away from the main pedestrianized center, is far from ideal for a leisure trip to Madrid.

The hotel is a lovely 5 star, which was the palace of the Dukedom of Aliaga. Original red marble pillars, chandeliers, and white marble floors are classy and regal if slightly dated. The whole place feels somewhat old-fashioned, although luxurious.

The rooms are large and mix mustard and brown, and bathrooms have black marble and are very nice as you would expect. El Jardín is a wonderful restaurant with an al-fresco feel and French windows overlooking the central garden.

Like the rest of the hotel, this InterContinental club lounge is not very stylish, with classic, classy decor that lacks the modern touch. There are lots of orangy-colored woods and blue and mustard carpets, and it is open from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm. Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, early check-in / late check-out (all subject to availability), and complimentary Wi-Fi.

9. InterContinental London The O2

It’s hard to choose between the two InterContinental hotels in London The best: InterContinental London Park Lane vs. O2. InterContinental London Park Lane arguably has a better location, but the O2 has a great pool, is on the banks of the Thames, and also offers incredible views.

If you are looking for a luxury hotel near the O2 venue or near Greenwich in East London, Intercontinental London, The O2 is your best luxury choice. It is, in fact, directly connected to the O2 by a corridor. The hotel is located a few steps from the O2 Arena and around a 5-minute walk from North Greenwich Tube station, which is around 30 minutes to a 1-hour ride from central London, depending on where you are heading. It is also extremely convenient for the Excel Exhibition Centre via the Emirates Air Line cable car and for flights out of London City Airport.

Swathes of marble, glass, and steel make the communal areas like the foyer feel modern but very grand. The hotel itself looks over the river and out to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, and all the main bars and restaurants embrace this fantastic view, so this is a spectacular place to stay. Rooms have 42-inch flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with black marble everywhere. They are really smart and modern, and if you get one with a river view, the views are stunning.

There is a 24-hour gym, large pool, and a spa at the Intercontinental London The O2. The pool is 1.2m in depth throughout with a Jacuzzi area at one end and is surrounded by luxury loungers with plenty of natural light. It is a joy and is connected to the ESPA spa area, so smells nice too! It is worth noting that kids can only use the pool at certain times of the day, which has advantages and disadvantages depending on whether you stay at the hotel with kids.

A huge 453 rooms (yes, this is a big luxury hotel) start with Superior rooms at 29-32sqm. We recommend Club Intercontinental rooms, which start at 42sqm and come with Club Lounge access. I have reviewed the Club lounge at the Intercontinental London The O2 separately.

There are plenty of choices here with two bars and three restaurants, including the exceptional Peninsula Restaurant with 3 Rosettes. If you get Club Lounge access, then you hardly need to use them!

10. InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam offers stunning views of the Amstel canal and an amazing pool where you can swim overlooking the same rippling canal. It is a particular joy to sip a beer on the terrace at the water’s edge in the summer.

This beautiful hotel is situated on the banks of the river Amstel, a short distance from the main tourist attractions of Amsterdam. It’s a pleasant walk from the center and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum (a must-see), the Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frank Museum.

Opened in 1867, this hotel exudes a regal, relaxed format throughout the property. There are generous business facilities, combined with all the luxury you would expect from a premier hotel. A very decent-sized pool with a spa is located on the hotel’s upper level, which is perfect for that late afternoon rest after a day of sightseeing. Great eating and dining facilities are available, with also the option of room service.

There is a total of 79 rooms in the hotel. When you enter the property, the grandiose lobby would suggest a much larger property. The rooms vary in style. There are two different decors, red or blue wallpaper; You can pick which room you prefer.

There are four establishments to enjoy food and drink. Restaurant La Rive and the Amstel Brasserie are located in the basement and enjoy the most wonderful views at canal level, giving a sense that you are floating on the canal. Champagne breakfast is served in the restaurant, and it is quite a fantastic display of food.

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6 Best IHG Hotels & Resorts To Use Your IHG Free Night Certificate (40,000 Points Hotel) [2021]

Keep in mind that, if you have Chase IHG Premier Credit Card or Chase IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card (not available for new applicants), you automatically become an IHG Platinum Elitestatus member, which gives you on-property benefits such as room upgrade with a better view, welcome drinks, bonus points, and late check-out to name a few. These benefits vary from one IHG property to another. For example, Holiday Inn Resort in Arubawhich is an IHG 40,000 points hotel, offers complimentary beach lounge chairs and hut (palapa) to IHG Platinum Eliteand above elite guests while the general and lower elite guests have to pay for those amenities. 
Best IHG Hotels & Resorts To Use Your IHG Free Night Certificate (40,000 Points Hotel)
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino

Use IHG Anniversary Free Night For High-End IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG Variable Award Pricing)

IHG has moved from a fixed award chart to a dynamic award chart. This opened several opportunities to use the IHG Anniversary Free Night certificate for high-end IHG Hotels and Resorts that redemption threshold used to be higher than 40,000 points per night. 

Thanks to the variable award pricing, the points required for redemption at one of those luxury IHG properties such as Kimpton Hotels and InterContinental Hotels and Resorts can now fluctuate based on demand and seasonality, and therefore, when they are priced at just 40,000 or lower points per night, you can use your IHG Anniversary Free Night to redeem for a free stay. 

Below are some IHG Hotels & Resorts samples to use your IHG Anniversary Free Night Certificate:

Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort and Casino - Aruba

Located in Palm Beach, this Holiday Inn beachfront resort is just steps away from the white-sandy beach surrounded by the Caribbean sea. You can relax in beachside pools or enjoy a full-service casino and on-site shopping mall. Whether you want a romantic retreat, a family vacation, or just a little downtime, the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casinooffers something for everyone.

IHG Platinum Elite and IHG Spire Elite members receive complimentary use of the beach lounge chair and palapa for the entire stay. Other non and regular IHG members have to pay to rent those.

Below is our review of the Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort and Casino:

Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort and Casino
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino

Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island - Thailand

It takes a little bit of effort to get to Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Islandin Thailand. It is accessible by speedboat or ferry from either Phuket or Krabi. Once you are there, this Phi Phi beachfront resort is a true oasis. Its winning combination of location, unrivaled facilities, and excellent service makes the Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Islandhotel popular with couples and families seeking to spend quality time in a tranquil environment. 
Laze away the days swimming in one of the three pools, or embark on an excursion of the surrounding islands on a traditional Thai long-tail boat. 

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort - Vietnam

This luxury 5 stars InterContinental resortis located on a stretch of white sand beach on the west coast of Vietnam's largest island Phu Quoc. It is surrounded by verdant jungle matted hills and landscaped gardens overlooking the azure ocean. 
The resort features a series of private low rise and Sky Tower accommodation, many featuring landscaped gardens, patios, direct access to the white sandy beach, and magical daily sunsets.

InterContinental Bali Resort  - Indonesia

The Indonesian island of Bali is an exotic destination. While there are plenty of luxury options to choose from in Bali, InterContinental Bali Resortis a true five-star luxury property that has won multiple international awards and it was the first of its kind to be built on the shores of the beautiful Jimbaran Bay overlooking stunning sunsets. It is conveniently located on the beach and set amidst traditional Balinese architecture and lush gardens and trees.

The hotel's outdoor pool will keep you cool and busy throughout the day, but if you want to go into the city, a 25-minute taxi or MRT ride takes you downtown to the city. For aviation enthusiasts with IHG Platinum Eliteor IHG Spire Elitestatus, you can enjoy room upgrades with spectacular views of the runway from the Premier Rooms with Runway view.

How to Earn IHG Anniversary Free Night Certificate

IHG from time to time has promotional offers that allow you to earn IHG Anniversary Free Night certificate(s). However, most people earn the IHG free night certificate every year by simply having an eligible IHG credit card.

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10 IHG Properties that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite IHG properties for award redemptions.

To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true when it comes to redeeming your points and miles for flights and hotel stays. The awards you covet might be of little interest to someone else, and vice versa. Still, some properties tend to offer strong redemption options, so I wanted to follow up on my earlier posts about top Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, and Marriott redemptions, and today take you through my list of IHG properties that are worth every point.

In compiling this list, I utilized a number of factors to determine which IHG properties offer the “best ” value:

  1. Category
  2. Typical revenue rates
  3. Uniqueness (amenities, location, etc.)

Remember that you can extend the value of your award stays even further simply by holding the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which offers automatic Platinum status (in addition to the current sign-up bonus of 60,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months). This gives you bonus points, late checkout, and some on-property discounts. The card also gives you an annual free night certificate, which can be used at any of the properties below! In addition, as of last July, IHG Rewards gives all members free internet at all properties worldwide.

Unfortunately, three of the ten properties below are on the list of IHG properties changing categories later this week, and the points required are increasing in all three instances. Two of them are actually jumping two categories! If you can, be sure to lock in the old rates before the change.

Of course, you likely have a different way of defining what makes a redemption valuable, so feel free to include your favorite IHG properties in the comments below! These are my picks:

Many rooms at the InterContinental Moorea are just steps from the water

InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea

French Polynesia is a dream destination for many, and the InterContinental Resort & Spa on Moorea is a terrific place to redeem your IHG points. The 144 rooms and bungalows cover 27 acres of lush, tropical vegetation. Relax in the infinity pool (complete with a swim-up bar) or stay active by swimming with the dolphins or scheduling a dive excursion into the stunning turquoise sea. Two on-property restaurants give you a blend of casual and gourmet dining options, or melt your stress away with a treatment at the 1500 square meter Hélène’Spa.

This is a Category 7 property, requiring 40,000 points for a free night. Paid rates in May start at 23,984 XPF ($218.50) per night, giving you a value of 0.55 cents per point.

An aerial view of the stunning La Verriere Restaurant in the InterContinental Paris-Le Grand

InterContinental Paris Le-Grand

If you want a blend of traditional and contemporary luxury, look no further than the InterContinental Paris Le-Grand. Originally opened in 1862, the hotel is located in the city’s 9th arrondissement, close to the Louvre, shopping, and other popular sites. The 470 rooms and suites are decorated in the style of Napoleon III, but include updated amenities like mini bars and separate tubs. Do not miss a meal in La Verriere, an 800 square meter winter garden that dominates the lobby of the hotel.

This is a Category 9 property, requiring 50,000 points for a free night. Paid rates in May start at 294 Euros ($318) per night, giving you a value of 0.64 cents per point.

Soak up the vistas from your Harbourview Room at the InterContinental Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known for having world class hotels with fantastic amenities, and the InterContinental Hong Kong is no exception. Located on the water in Kowloon, the property offers guests fantastic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Standard rooms include marble bathrooms with sunken tubs and separate showers along with 24-hour room service. However, you don’t want to miss the on-property dining options, with three (that’s right, three) Michelin star restaurants, including SPOON by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Later on you can work off those calories in the 24-hour fitness center or with a Tai Chi or yoga class on the outdoor pool terrace.

This was a Category 8 property, requiring 45,000 points for a free night, but it will become a Category 9 property on May 1st, requiring 50,000 points for a free night. Paid rates in May start at HK$2,016 ($260) per night, giving you a value of 0.52 cents per point.

Escape the bustle of Duval Street's nightlife at the Crowne Plaza Key West's pool.

Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha

Chain hotels are hard to find in the center of Key West, but the Crowne Plaza – La Concha fits the bill. Situated right on Duval Street, the property is perfectly located to explore all that the city has to offer, including Mallory Square, the Southernmost Point of the U.S., and (most importantly, for some) the incredible nightlife of Key West. The boutique hotel, originally built in 1926, has freshly renovated rooms and decor, including tropical Colonial architecture and dark wood furnishings and plantation shutters. You can grab an island-themed bite at 430 Duval or sample one of 200+ wines at Wine-O, and when you’re ready to relax, schedule a treatment in a private suite at Top Spa.

This is a Category 8 property, requiring 45,000 points for a free night. Rates in May start at $204 per night, giving you a value of 0.45 cents per point.

The hillside InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam is a great redemption spot

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Nestled into a hill overlooking a beautiful, private bay, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is an off-the-beaten-path way to get great value from your IHG Rewards points. Standard rooms start at 70 square meters, and include a large balcony or terrace with a dining table. Indulge in a gourmet meal at La Maison 1888 — the first Asian restaurant of three Michelin starred chef Michael Roux — or head up to Citron, 100 meters above the sea, for spectacular views from the private dining booths. You’ll be sure to stay busy with a visit to one of the property’s pools, a stroll down the 700-meter private beach, a treatment at HARNN Heritage Spa, or a trek through the surrounding nature preserve.

This is a Category 4 property, requiring just 25,000 points for a free night, but it will become a Category 6 property on May 1st, requiring 35,000 points for a free night. Rates in May start at $263 per night, giving you a value of 0.75 cents per point.

River Island at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando will entertain the entire family!

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando – Orange Lake Resort

Mickey Mouse’s stomping grounds have no shortage of hotel options, but if your family is planning a trip to Orlando, consider an award stay at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations property in Kissimmee. Spanning 1,450 acres, the resort provides guests with too many amenities to list here, including a lazy river, 7 pools, 4 water slides, regular and mini golf courses, tennis/racquetball/basketball courts, 3 fitness centers, 9 on-property restaurants, and free shuttle service throughout the grounds. The resort is also next door to Walt Disney World, but the most important bit of information is this: standard rooms for award redemptions are two-bedroom villas that can sleep up to 8 people!

This is a Category 6 property, requiring 35,000 points for a free night. Rates in May start at $159 per night, giving you a value of 0.45 cents per point.

The InterContinental London Park Lane is ideally located in the Mayfair area of the city.

InterContinental London Park Lane

If your travel plans include London, the InterContinental Park Lane is a terrific spot to redeem points. With a fantastic Mayfair location, the hotel boasts views of the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace. The 447 rooms and suites provide guests with luxurious amenities like slippers & robes, minibars, Agraria bath products, and courtyard or city views. Theo Randall at the InterContinental serves up some of the best Italian fare in London, while the Wellington Lounge serves traditional afternoon tea daily. The Hyde Park Corner tube stop is just steps from the hotel, giving you easy access to all the popular sites in the city.

This is a Category 9 property, requiring 50,000 points for a free night. Paid rates in May start at 285 pounds ($426.50) per night, giving you a value of 0.85 cents per point.

The opulent lobby of the InterContinental Willard in Washington, D.C.

InterContinental The Willard Washington, D.C.

Just one block from the White House, The Willard has hosted its fair share of historical figures, including Martin Luther King Jr. (a guest when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech), Charles Dickens, and many U.S. presidents. The hotel offers a terrific blend of modern yet luxurious appointments in the 375 rooms and suites, and the food and drink options include the Round Robin & Scotch Bar and afternoon tea in Peacock Alley. You can also enjoy a treatment in the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, or venture outside for the short walk down to the Washington Mall and all of the city’s major tourist sites.

This is a Category 9 property, requiring 50,000 points for a free night. Paid rates in May start at $309 per night, giving you a value of 0.62 cents per point.

Enjoy a variety of amenities when you redeem your points at the InterContinental in Cozumel, Mexico.

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa

Cozumel is a popular cruise ship port, but the InterContinental Presidente Resort & Spa sure makes you want to spend more time on the island! Situated on a half-mile of white, sandy beach, the property includes plenty of amenities for you to relax your cares away, including two pools and the oceanfront spa huts. Snorkel or scuba dive on the world’s second-largest coral reef, or enjoy dining at the open-air Caribeno restaurant. Standard rooms start at 452 square feet and include private balconies or terraces, minibars, and turndown service.

This is a Category 5 property, requiring 30,000 points for a free night, but it will become a Category 7 property on May 1st, requiring 40,000 points for a free night. Paid rates in May start at $242.10 per night, giving you a value of 0.6 cents per point.

Grab a bite at the casual yet elegant Ocean View Bar & Grill, the main restaurant of the Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar.

Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar

This final property is set in the quaint beachfront town of Del Mar, California, just 20 miles north of San Diego. This pet friendly hotel is walking distance from the beach (and a separate dog beach!), the village of Del Mar, and Torrey Pines State Reserve. The rooms are appointed with beach-themed accents and decor, and many provide balconies with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Take a dip in one of two pools, relax in the jacuzzi, or visit the Spa Na’Mara, with five treatment rooms to create an ocean-inspired tranquility. The on-site Ocean View Bar & Grill takes pride in its locally-sourced ingredients, including nearby breweries, coffee providers, and bakeries.

This is a Category 5 property, requiring 25,000 points for a free night. Paid rates in May start at $137 per night, giving you a value of 0.55 cents per point.

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In addition to these 10, another great property to redeem at is the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa which is a Category 9 property, requiring 50,000 points for a free night, however note that availability for redemptions can be limited here.

Bottom line

IHG Rewards has long been an afterthought for travelers looking to redeem points for aspirational awards. However, the program does have a number of high-end, luxurious properties, and this will only increase after the acquisition of Kimpton. Add in the annual free night offered by the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card and I (for one) am definitely paying closer attention to these options! For additional inspiration, be sure to check out Lane Nieset’s lists of top domestic and international IHG properties.

What are your favorite IHG hotels for award redemptions?

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The Best IHG Redemptions for Luxury Stays

When dreaming of luxurious hotels, IHG is probably not the first brand that comes to mind. But surprisingly to many, IHG actually operates some of the most exquisite properties in the world. And with its acquisition of the Kimpton brand of hotels, IHG not only added some world-class properties to its portfolio, but a unique experience like only a Kimpton hotel can provide.

Kimpton isn't IHG's only upper-scale brand of properties, though. InterContinental, Regent Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, and Hotel Indigo each offer premium properties throughout the world. And even better, they are all bookable with points.

For this article, AwardWallet compiled data from 5,775 IHG award bookings for 10,892 free nights and came up with a list of the best IHG redemptions for luxury stays.

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HighlightsEarning Rates

  • Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Enjoy a Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide. Plus, enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn up to 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn®
  • Earn 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • 2X points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • 1X point per $1 spent on all other purchases

The earning for spending at IHG hotels breaks down as follows:
  • Earn 10X points for being a IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Cardmember
  • Earn 5X points from IHG® with Platinum Elite Status, a benefit of having this card
  • Earn 10X points from IHG® for being an IHG® Rewards Club Member (Being a cardholder is not required to earn this bonus for participating in the IHG® loyalty program)

Boost your IHG Rewards Club balance and enjoy great perks when you stay with IHG. Check out our full IHG credit card review.

Helpful Posts:

  • IHG Rewards Club – A complete guide to the IHG Rewards loyalty program.
  • Buy IHG Points – This post has up-to-date info on any promotions currently available to buy points.
  • Current IHG Promotions – Get the latest on IHG's regular promotions that make your stays even more rewarding.
  • IHG Free Night – Have an IHG Anniversary Night Certificate? Here's everything you need to know to make the most of it.

Using this Data to Score a Great Deal

For each IHG hotel, we have included data regarding the average cost per night when paying cash, the average number of pointsper night, and the cents per point (CPP) saved when redeeming your stay with IHG points.

Cents per point is a useful way to see how different redemptions stack up against one another. In simple terms, CPP boils down all the pricing information to how many pennies you'll save with each point you spend. To calculate CPP, first determine how much you're saving by spending IHG points instead of money. Then, simply divide by the number of points you need to redeem for a free night. You can learn more about calculating CPP in our post, how to calculate mile values.

Here at AwardWallet, we value IHG points at about 0.73 cents per point (0.73 CPP). Generally, the rule is to search for IHG redemptions that are worth at least 0.73 CPP. Anything above 0.73 CPP can be considered a decent value. CPP's well above can be considered an excellent redemption. On the other end, redemptions less than 0.73 CPP are probably not the best use of your IHG points and you may be better off just paying cash for your stay. Note the keyword “maybe,” as there are always exceptions.

You can stretch the value of your IHG points even further by taking advantage IHG's 4th night free perk for IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card holders.

With all of this information in mind, it's time to check out the best IHG redemptions for luxury stays.

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagua Resort

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Located on the Raa Atoll, the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagua Resort is the perfect getaway for those wanting the ultimate experience of luxury and relaxation. The location of this property is conveniently located within a quick boat ride over to Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and manta ray sanctuary

Families are welcome at the InterContinental Maamunagua where special packages are available which include perks like 50% discount on return seaplane transfers for stays of a minimum of 5 nights or more. and a choice of a dolphin cruise or snorkeling trip.

Award Wallet tracked 13 reservations over 47 nights.

  • $1,638.40 average cash price per night
  •  88,845 average points per night
  • 1.90 cents per point

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Voted as one of the best resorts in Asia in 2019 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is located in the most beautiful region of Vietnam. This 5 star beach resort is nestled within the Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve in Danang City and near the UNESCO sites of Hoi An Ancient Town and Hue Imperial City.

During times where you want to stay around the property, the hotel offers lots of spa options and even includes “the world’s finest pedicure” at the PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio by Bastien Gonzalez.

Families can enjoy complimentary kid care at Planet Trekkers and baby-sitting for children 3 months and older.

AwardWallet tracked 15 stays over 21 nights

  • $483.88 average cash price per night
  • 53,667 average points per night
  • 0.92 cents per point

InterContinental Hotel Osaka

Conveniently located near Osaka station, the InterContinental Osaka is your gateway to discovering the ancient Japanese city. Historic sites like Osaka Castle, shopping, and more are all easily accessible thanks to this hotel's ideal location.

AwardWallet tracked 121 reservations over 212 nights.

  • $430.54 average cash price per night
  • 53,578 average points per night
  • 0.77 cents per point

All Inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Aruba- Beach Resort and Casino

The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino is self-proclaimed as one of the best beachfront hotels located in Palm Beach. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities during their stay at the Aruba-Beach resort including water sports, a rejuvenating spa, an on-site shopping center, and even a casino.

Kids stay and eat free here at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach, as well. If you are searching for a romantic retreat, a family vacation, or something in-between, this property seems to offer something for everyone

AwardWallet tracked 61 reservations over 227 nights.

  • $264.65 average cash price per night
  • 27,908 average points per night
  • 0.95 cents per point

Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido Beach

The picturesque Lido Beach in Sarasota, Florida is surrounded by white sand and pristine blue waters. Guests at the Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lido Beach can relax at the beach or outdoor pools or hop a free shuttle to shop and dine at the famous St. Armand's Circle.

Families can take advantage of the property's generous family policies: children 18 and under can stay free when sharing with parents and kids 11 and under eat free, up to 4 children.

AwardWallet tracked 5 reservations over 20 nights

  • $311.37 average cost per night
  • 40,200 points average points per night
  • 0.81 cents per point

Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa


Located on 7 Mile Beach in the Grand Cayman, the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa was the very first international destination of the Kimpton brand. Destination weddings are a specialty of the Seafire resort and various packages can accommodate the most luxe and elaborate of ceremonies.

If you're looking for a little break from the kids, Camp Seafire offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities for children ages 4-12.  In-room supervision is also available for children younger than 4. Childcare is not included and will cost extra.

AwardWallet tracked 5 reservations over 12 nights.

  • $1,027.55 average cost per night
  • 66,500 average points per night
  • 1.59 cents per point

Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel

Located in the iconic city of Boston, the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel is truly one of a kind. The hotel looks out over the historic area of Boston and is just a quick walk to the Boston Common, America's oldest public park.

Amenities at the Kimpton Nine Zero hotel include access to custom-designed PUBLIC bikes, which are available to guests who want to take a ride around town and explore the beautiful city.

AwardWallet tracked 10 reservations over 21 nights.

  • $313.93 average cost per night
  • 45,417 average points per night
  • 0.60 cents per point

AlpenGold Hotel (formerly the InterContinental Davos)

Located in the quiet mountains of Switzerland, the AlpenGold Hotel is a front door entrance to some of the country's best skiing. Winter activities are a must when visiting this property, so make sure to check out their ski packages.

After a long day of skiing, take a break at the Alpine Spa or dine in one of the hotel's 5 restaurants.

AwardWallet tracked 27 reservations over 82 nights.

  • $452.95 average cost per night
  • 47,407 average points per night
  • 0.96 cents per point

Holiday Inn Express Park City

Okay, so maybe including this property in a list of the most luxurious properties is a bit of a stretch, but the Park City Holiday Inn Express and Suites shouldn't be overlooked when visiting the notoriously expensive destination. Thanks to the great value offered when using points to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Park City, all budgets can enjoy what this beautiful corner of Utah has to offer.

And it's pet-friendly!

AwardWallet tracked 20 reservations over 67 nights.

  • $241.63 average cost per night
  • 24,950 average points per night
  • 0.96 cents per point

StayBridge Suites Anchorage

Our second hotel in the “not-so-luxurious-but-still-a-great-value” category is the StayBridge Suites Anchorage, an extended-stay property located in the beautiful state of Alaska.

What the property lacks in luxury, it makes up for in convenience and cost savings. All rooms come with fully furnished kitchens with full-size refrigerators and cooktops. Each room is stocked with plates, cups, bowls, and eating and cooking utensils.

AwardWallet tracked 19 reservations over 40 nights.

  • $241.39 average cost per night
  • 23,545 average points per night
  • 1.01 cents per point

Holiday Inn Suva

The Holiday Inn Suva is located on the aspirational island of Fiji. It can be tough to find affordable accommodation in Fiji, but this property manages to offer touches of luxury without breaking your points budget! Enjoy the expanse of exotic gardens, a freshwater pool with a view of the ocean, and a private balcony in each room.

AwardWallet tracked 12 reservations over 31 nights.

  • $156.15 average cost per night
  • 13,125 average points per night
  • 1.22 cents per point

InterContinental Bora Bora and Thalasso Spa

The 5-star luxury resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, is sure to give you the experience of a lifetime. Situated in world famous Bora Bora, guests can book an overwater villa or suite and enjoy some of the most spectacular views the planet has to offer.

Another great feature of the Intercontinental Bora Bora is its commitment to sustainable practices. The property uses the “world’s first private Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC),” a new technology that uses cold deep-sea saltwater to cool the property.

AwardWallet tracked 8 reservations over 9 nights.

  • $926.44 average cost per night
  • 73.750 average points per night
  • 1.24 cents per point

Intercontinental David Tel Aviv

Incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea surround the Intercontinental David located in Tel Aviv, Israel. This high-end property in the heart of Israel represents exactly what you would expect when thinking of the InterContinental brand. At the top of the property on the 24th floor, the IC David houses the Club InterContinental lounge where guests can enjoy a private check-in and check-out experience. Breakfast, tea and light snacks are served complimentary throughout the day in the lounge, as well.

AwardWallet tracked 8 reservations over 20 nights.

  • $366.00 average cost per night
  • 45,000 average points per night
  • 0.84 cents per point

Hotel Indigo Barcelona- Plaza Catalunya

The Hotel Indigo Barcelona is a boutique property in the heart of one of Europe's most exciting cities. Located just a few blocks from the world-famous “La Rambla” street, this hotel provides easy access to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) and convenient subway access to explore the city.

In addition to its exceptional location, this property will make you feel right at home with plush bathrobes, high-end toiletries, and a unique charm you won't find at huge resorts. In each room, you'll find murals of Antoni Gaudi's most famous landmarks and creations.

AwardWallet tracked 4 reservations over 11 nights.

  • $568.81 average cost per night
  • 39,375 average points per night
  • 1.50 cents per point

How IHG's Luxury Properties Compare to the Rest

As noted previously, AwardWallet compiled data from 5,775 award bookings for 10,892 free nights to make our list of luxurious IHG properties. In total, AwardWallet members have redeemed more than 257 million IHG points for stays between March 2019 and January 2022.

The averages for IHG award bookings at publication time are as follows:

  • 0.73 cents per point (CPP)
  • 23,566 points — the average number of points per night
  • $175.95 — average cost per night if paid in cash

As you can see, the average number of cents per point for IHG redemptions overall is lower than the CPP for many (but not all) of the luxury properties highlighted in this post. While many of these properties can be a great use of points, it's important to check the numbers for your specific dates.

Another thing to note is that IHG uses dynamic award pricing, meaning the points required for a free night will fluctuate. Cash prices to book a room will also vary depending on the dates. Be sure to check how both numbers compare to the averages we've published in this post to decide whether it makes sense to redeem points.

Final Thoughts

IHG is often overlooked when considering high-end properties, but as you can see, they have plenty to offer in terms of luxury and extravagance. And by using IHG points, anyone can experience these world-class properties.

Which IHG property on the list would you like to visit?

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Annual Fee$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $89

Welcome Bonus Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

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HighlightsEarning Rates

  • Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Enjoy a Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide. Plus, enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn up to 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn®
  • Earn 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • 2X points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • 1X point per $1 spent on all other purchases

The earning for spending at IHG hotels breaks down as follows:
  • Earn 10X points for being a IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Cardmember
  • Earn 5X points from IHG® with Platinum Elite Status, a benefit of having this card
  • Earn 10X points from IHG® for being an IHG® Rewards Club Member (Being a cardholder is not required to earn this bonus for participating in the IHG® loyalty program)
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9 IHG Hotels That Are Absolute Bargains On Points

With nearly 6,000 hotels and 16 brands worldwide, the InterContinental Hotels Group is one of the best for travelers. You’ll find a member hotel nearly everywhere you go and have the opportunity to earn and redeem points during your stay.

Reward prices are all over the map, though. Now that IHG has implemented dynamic pricing, redemptions are usually fair deals but won’t necessarily provide outsized value. High season and other peak dates command higher prices—in cash or in points—and ultra-low points prices usually mean that cash rates are also cheap.

There are definitely ways to get better value if you know where to look. IHG Points & Cash lets you combine your rewards with a cash copay to stretch your rewards farther. You’ll need to have a minimum of 5,000 points to get started but it can often be advantageous to essentially buy points through this program rather than using points for the whole reservation.

Credit card perks are also a great way to get free nights. Both the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card* and IHG® Rewards Club Traveler credit card* give cardholders every fourth night free on all reward stays of four or more nights. That’s a huge savings when you have time to stay awhile. Premier cardholders also receive a free night certificate every year upon card renewal. The certificate is only valid on hotels up to 40,000 points, though that represents many solid options.

Even without special strategies, there are some fabulous finds within the IHG family. If you’re planning a trip, it’s worth poking around to check rates where you’re headed. If you’re not sure where to start, we have some of the best hotels at reasonable prices below to provide some inspiration.

Remember you can usually book hotels up to a year in advance with no cancellation fees on award bookings as long as you follow the individual hotel’s cancellation policy. Consider this a starting point for your upcoming adventures.

Regent Singapore

Rooms starting at 27,500 points per night; peak season around 42,500

In one of the world’s most expensive cities, you’ll five a five-star hotel at an astonishingly low price. The Regent Singapore, centrally located near Orchard Road, combines elegance with top-notch service.

Although it has a great location, the hotel has everything you need right on-site, perfect if you’re exhausted from jet lag or if you simply want to push the easy button. You’ll find a serene pool for cooling off, a Michelin-star restaurant and several bars and cafes.

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour

Rooms starting at 30,000 points per night

The new Crowne Plaza in Darling Harbour hits the trifecta of a great property in a great location at a great price. There are no views of the Opera House here, but instead, you’ll find a wide selection of shops and restaurants within walking distance plus easy access to ferries that depart right from Darling Harbour. Parks and museums are also nearby and anything that’s not within walking distance is still reached easily from the many transport connections here.

Rooms are stylish and functional. The hotel has prioritized good sleep, too, with premium bedding and designated “Quiet Zones” for light sleepers. Outside of your room, you’ll love the rooftop pool, perfect for a splash when you don’t feel like commuting to one of Sydney’s beaches.

Hotel Indigo – San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Rooms starting at 25,000 points per night

San Diego isn’t a cheap city, at least not if you want to stay in the heart of things. That’s what makes the Hotel Indigo stand out. Then, a rooftop with skyline views knocks it out of the park. You’ll be able to walk to numerous restaurants and entertainment venues, not to mention Petco Park five minutes away.

Bonus: It’s enthusiastically pet-friendly with no fees or weight and breed restrictions, something that’s hard to find. Other perks include spa-like bathrooms, a Peloton-equipped fitness center and a hotel bar with actual rave reviews.

Kimpton Fitzroy London

Rooms starting at 50,000 points per night

One of the joys of London is having so many neighborhoods to choose from. The Kimpton Fitzroy, in Bloomsbury, puts you in a historic district near the British Museum with lots of parks and other green spaces. If you’re the type of traveler who’d rather mingle with locals than first-time tourists, it’s an ideal location.

The hotel itself is a landmark property and history or architecture buffs will love wandering the public spaces. The private rooms are classically styled but have plenty of modern amenities. Like all Kimpton properties, you’ll enjoy extras like a free evening drinks reception, loaner bikes and complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby.

Mr and Mrs Smith Royal Heritage Haveli

Rooms starting 20,000 points per night or 35,000 points in peak season

Sure you can travel through India on a backpacker’s budget, but do you really want to? The Royal Heritage Haveli in Jaipur will glam up your trip without blowing your points balance. The former 18th-century hunting lodge now hosts nineteen rooms and suites for an intimate experience.

Not only is the hotel beautiful, but it’s also comfortable. Escape to the gardens or the outdoor pool. Play croquet on the lawn. Or simply enjoy the hand-painted frescoes in your room before heading out to explore India’s bustling pink city. A full breakfast is included to start your day, and even award stays include a guided tour of the property, high tea for two and luxury organic soaps.

voco Strasbourg Centre – The Garden

Rooms starting at 20,000 points per night or 30,000 points in peak season

If you haven’t had a chance to try one of IHG’s newer brands yet, the voco Strasbourg Centre is a great place to start. The hotel strives to provide a zen-like vibe, straddling between a midrange and upscale property. While it’s not quite five-star, they achieve something more inviting, with green spaces like living walls and an outdoor terrace, plus a heated swimming pool and hammam.

Slightly outside the town, you’re still less than a twenty-minute walk from sights like the Strasbourg Cathedral or picturesque Petite France. You’re also near the central train station, which gives you an excuse to use Strasbourg as a base for day trips to Colmar, Sélestat or even Baden-Baden, Germany.

InterContinental Cartagena de Indias

Rooms starting at 17,500 points

Choosing whether to stay within the walled city of Cartagena or out on the beach can feel like a big decision. At the InterContinental, you’ll be on the water at Bocagrande but only a few minutes’ taxi away from the old town. It’s the best of both worlds.

An island off the coast of Colombia, Cartagena is a lot closer than you think. It makes a tremendous tropical getaway and the hotel knows how to provide a resort experience with a more sophisticated touch. You’ll find a spa and pool along with Caribbean cuisine at the Kanuu restaurant.

Holiday Inn Resort Kadooma Maldives

Rooms starting at 25,000 points per night; peak season around 32,500

The Maldives is an expensive destination no matter how you do it but the Holiday Inn Resort puts paradise back into the budget. Unlike other resorts, speedboat transfers to the hotel aren’t astronomical and kids under 12 eat free—something you shouldn’t take for granted when you have no choice but to eat on-site.

Although this Holiday Inn has overwater bungalows, you can’t reserve them on a reservation paid with points. Regardless, the standard rooms here are phenomenal, with extra touches like outdoor showers and personal hammocks for lounging. Besides, the main point of flying all the way to the Maldives is to enjoy being outside under blue skies and plenty of sunshine. You’ll want to be out of the room diving, snorkeling and swimming in crystal clear waters.

Bottom Line

If you’re willing to dig a little, there are excellent hotels at unbelievable prices within the IHG program. When you find something that feels like a perfect fit, snap it up. Rates change all the time and you’ll want to scoop up a deal while you can.

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