Why IHG Rewards is the loyalty program you need to know about

As the world’s largest hotel loyalty program and completely free to join, an IHG Rewards membership could see you earning points and perks at more than 5,600+ properties around the world.

Plus, right now, there are two special offers that make an IHG Rewards membership as tempting as it’s ever been.

1# Access nine exclusive holiday packages

As an IHG Rewards member, you’ll get exclusive access to nine unbeatable holiday packages, with the potential to save hundreds of dollars on your next stay.

Handpicked Holidays by IHG & Resorts features nine value-packed holiday experiences at leading properties in Australia and New Zealand.

Join IHG rewards and unlock a range of all-inclusive holidays.

IHG Rewards members can book exclusive, all-inclusive holiday experiences at properties across Australia and New Zealand. Enjoy unrivalled value with significant savings at selected hotels and resorts, with plenty of extras thrown in. Don't miss out!

Book by 30 July for stays through to 30 September 2021. For more details and to book your stay:

Each holiday package is designed to reward guests with an all-inclusive offering. Generous value adds vary by property, and they typically include room upgrades, dining credits, experiences and more.

Need to change your plans? If you need to put your Handpicked Holiday on hold for any reason, you can easily change your stay dates – without penalty – up to 24 hours before arrival. This can be done by getting in touch with the hotel directly. (Subject to availability).

Handpicked Holidays by IHG Hotels & Resorts offers are only available to book until 30 July 2021, for stays up until 30 September 2021.

2# Get up to triple IHG Rewards points

IHG has also launched a lucrative promotion for stays, offering IHG Rewards members up to triple points earn at IHG properties globally. Earn double points on your second stay and triple from the third and subsequent ones during the promotional period.

To participate, simply register for this promotion on the IHG website and complete your stays by 16 August 2021. This promotion can be used to earn even more points with IHG’s Handpicked Holidays packages.

Click here to join IHG Rewards and access special offers

Keen to learn more? Read on to discover why IHG Rewards is the loyalty program that all Australian travellers need to know about.

IHG Rewards Membership: How it works

IHG Rewards offers member privileges at an impressive array of high-end hotel brands – think InterContinental, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Mr & Mrs Smith, voco and more.

Becoming an IHG Rewards member won’t cost you a thing, and it takes just a few minutes to sign up.

Once you're a member, you’ll automatically be awarded base-level ‘Club' IHG Rewards membership. This delivers automatic access to a range of rewards that could come in handy during your next stay. There are plenty of benefits on offer, with key perks including:

Free internet: Forget pesky Wi-Fi fees. You’ll enjoy free internet at all participating IHG properties.
Earn and redeem IHG Reward points: Unlock the ability to collect IHG Rewards points or miles with leading airline programs
Exclusive booking rates: Access ‘Your Rate’, an exclusive booking rate when you book directly with IHG Hotels and Resorts.
No blackout dates: Planning to book a hotel stay with points on a specific date? Unlike other hotel loyalty programs, IHG Rewards promises no blackout dates for reward night redemptions.
Redeem your way to elite status: Reward nights count towards elite status, which could see you move up the IHG Rewards membership tiers faster.

IHG Rewards brands

IHG Hotels & Resorts boasts 14 brands, including a wide range of luxury and boutique hotels. There are 13 chains in total, covering over 5500 hotels globally.

There are plenty of properties to choose from across Australia, New Zealand, and the wider South Pacific region. Locally, IHG Hotels & Resorts operates a large portfolio of local properties under leading brands such as InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, voco, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express.

The full list of participating brands is as follows:

Luxury & LifestylePremium
Six Senses
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Hotel Indigo
Crowne Plaza
Even Hotels
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Atwell Suites
Staybridge Suites
Holiday Inn Club Vacations
Candlewood Suites
IHG Rewards Brand Bar

Additionally, IHG Hotels & Resorts has now fully integrated properties from luxe offering Mr & Mrs Smith, adding a whole new suite of swoon-worthy, boutique properties to the mix.

IHG Rewards Membership tiers

There are four membership levels within IHG Rewards. These are:

Club: Entry-level, assigned at 0 stays per year
Gold Elite: Requires 10 nights / 10,000 Elite qualifying points
Platinum Elite: Requires 40 nights / 40 000 Elite qualifying points
Spire Elite: Requires 75 nights / 75,000 Elite qualifying points

Completing stays at participating IHG Hotels & Resorts properties will see you move up the tiers, unlocking exclusive benefits along the way. The full list of benefits by membership tiers can be found in the table below:

IHG Rewards Club benefits table

How to earn IHG Rewards points

There are so many different ways for members to earn IHG Rewards points, and access to bonus offers could see you supercharge your points balance even faster.

Earn when you stay, travel, shop, and dine

Members earn points toward rewards when staying with participating IHG Hotels & Resorts properties and also when travelling, shopping, and dining with IHG Rewards partners.

IHG Rewards 10 Points for every 1 USD
IHG Rewards earn rates. Source: IHG

Earn with IHG Rewards offers

From time to time, IHG Hotels & Resorts run offers that allow members to earn bonus points or free nights. Featured deals and promotions are published regularly on the IHG Hotels & Resorts website.

To ensure your points don’t expire, you must earn or redeem points within a 12-month period.

How to redeem IHG Rewards points

Once you’ve amassed a stash of points, it’s time to spend them. Fortunately, there are plenty of different ways for IHG Rewards members to redeem points. The most popular redemption options are as follows:

Reward Nights

For clued-in travellers, exchanging IHG Rewards points for hotel nights typically represents the best value. IHG Rewards points can be used to stay at IHG Hotels & Resorts worldwide. And, unlike some other leading hotel loyalty programs, there are no blackout dates. Reward Nights cost between 10,000 points to 70,000 points per night. As you’d expect, high end properties command the highest prices.

Points & Cash

Points & Cash provides IHG Rewards members with the ability to combine points and cash for booking redemptions. You can combine points with cash to redeem for a variety of rewards, including stays at participating IHG Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

Joining IHG Rewards: Conclusion

With exclusive privileges at over 5,000 participating hotels globally, IHG Rewards membership could deliver you significant benefits when you stay with IHG Hotels & Resorts here in Australia, New Zealand or further afield.

Join IHG rewards and unlock a range of all-inclusive holidays.

IHG Rewards members can book exclusive, all-inclusive holiday experiences at properties across Australia and New Zealand. Enjoy unrivalled value with significant savings at selected hotels and resorts, with plenty of extras thrown in. Don't miss out!

Book by 30 July for stays through to 30 September 2021. For more details and to book your stay:

Plus, with exclusive access to Handpicked Holidays by IHG Hotels & Resorts and triple points on offer, there’s never been a better time to join IHG Rewards.

This post has been prepared in partnership with IHG Hotels and Resorts

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – IHG Rewards membership

Does IHG have a Best Price Guarantee?

Yes, IHG promises that if you book directly with them, you'll receive the lowest online price available anywhere. Better yet, IHG backs this up with a price-match AND five times the IHG® Rewards Points, up to a 40,000 points limit.

There is one exception – the Best Price Guarantee is not applicable to hotels in Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

More information is available here.

Is IHG Rewards free to join?

Yes, IHG Rewards is free to sign up and you can start earning points straight away. Every point you earn can be put towards room redemptions at IHG properties.

How do you become an IHG Rewards member?

You can sign up to IHG Rewards here. (https://www.ihg.com/rewardsclub/content/gb/en/home)

Do IHG Rewards points expire?

Yes, IHG Rewards points will expire after 12 months if no points or redemptions occur.

How much is an IHG Reward point worth?

The points can vary in value depending on how and for what they are redeemed for. Factors such as season, location and the property all have influence.

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your message. Here at The Champagne Mile, we don’t have any visibility of individual bookings with the IHG hotel chain. You would need to get in touch with IHG direct. Best of luck.

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