IHG Point Value Calculator
Get the average cash value of your IHG Points when redeemed for free nights, airfare, hotels, and car rentals. Learn how to get the best value per point!
I value IHG Points at around 0.7 cents each when used for free nights at IHG brand hotels. In addition to using points for award nights, they can also be used for airfare, hotels, car rentals, and gift cards. This page will cover how you can get the best value out of your IHG redemptions.
IHG Points Cash Value
The IHG Points Cash Value Calculator will calculate the dollar value of your IHG Points based on all available redemption options listed. You can enter any value of IHG Points in the field below.
IHG Point Value Calculator
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IHG Free Night Award Stays
Redeeming your IHG Rewards Points for free nights will give you an average value of around 0.7 cents per point, but you can easily get a higher or lower value depending on the redemption.
When it comes to redeeming your points for free nights, one thing you will want to know is that the cost in points (or cash) for an IHG hotel can change at any time. IHG does not have their hotels set to specific point values based on category like Marriott and Hyatt. I typically stay in the same IHG hotel when visiting Florida and I've seen it as low as 15,000 IHG Points and as high as 25,000 IHG Points.
Getting The Best Value
When you're searching IHG for hotels, you can easily toggle between money, points, and points+cash when viewing your results. This allows you to compute a rough estimate of your points value on the fly. You can calculate the cash value of your IHG Points by taking the cost in cash and dividing that by the cost in points. So for example, these are the prices for two IHG hotels in the Tampa Florida area at the moment:
You can then click on 'Points' to see the cost of the stay in points.
The first thing you'll want to note is that the cash price shown is per day and that it does not take into account the taxes/fees that you'll be charged. So depending on the location, you'll generally wanna add around 15% to that value. With that in mind, that means the first hotel will come out to be around $111 and the second hotel around $102. You'll divide those cash values by the cost in points to get the cash value of your IHG Points. So $111 divided by 20,000 Points will give you 0.55 cents per point for the Ybor City location and $102 divided by 20,000 will give you 0.51 cents per point for the Tampa Westshore location. Both of these values are less than the 0.7 cents average I value them at, so I personally would try to find more value.
In order to get a value of 0.7 cents from your IHG Points on a 20,000-point hotel, the cash price will need to be at least $140 per night with taxes or around $120 before taxes. After a little bit of switching back and forth between Points and Cash prices, I was able to find two hotels which could easily guarantee a value of at least 0.7 cents each at the 20,000 point level.
After 15% in Florida taxes are factored in, the Holiday Inn Express offered a value of 0.73 cents per point and the Hotel Indigo offered 0.86 cents per point which sounds a lot better in terms of value.
Not fond of all those mathematical equations? The table below can give you an idea of what to look for when redeeming your points. Remember that this is a rough estimate. You can use the Points & Miles Cash Value Calculator to calculate the exact value of the redemption if you know the final cost in cash and final cost in points. That calculator also works well for Points + Cash redemptions as well.
The table below lists out the prices you're looking for if you're trying to get a value of 0.7 cents per IHG point based on the reward cost of the hotel. The prices listed is the total price of the hotel with taxes/fees factored in. The smaller number displays the per-day price listed on the home page if you're looking for quick, rough estimates. The smaller prices are based on a 15% hotel tax.
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Getting the best value on basic redemptions will take a little bit of time, but it should be too hard to usually find at least one hotel that offers a value of around 0.7 cents each.
Fourth Night Free Benefit
Another way to get superb value out of your IHG Points will be using the Fourth Night Free benefit. This benefit gives you 4 awards nights for the cost of 3 and is only available to those who hold the IHG Premier Card or IHG Traveler Card. This easily allows you to redeem your points for as much as 1 cent per point. For example, let's take a look at the Holiday Inn Grove City Columbus. The hotel costs 15,000 Points per night and has an average nightly rate of $113 which comes out to be $580 after taxes.
With the fourth night being free, the hotel would cost you 45,000 IHG Points to book meaning you would be getting a value of 1.28 cents per point which is significantly higher than the average value. Values of around 0.7 to as high as 1.5+ cents should be relatively easy to achieve with this benefit.
IHG PointBreaks is a benefit available to all IHG Rewards Club members. PointBreaks consists of various hotels from around the world that IHG has marked down to a cost of 5,000 to 15,000 points per night.
Since these hotels are so cheap, you'll only be able to book two PointBreaks Reward Nights per promotion. If you've got the flexibility to book a PointBreaks hotel or can make the plans to do so, you can get easily get 1 cent to 2+ cents booking IHG hotels that are part of the promotion.
IHG Rewards Club Catalog
IHG Points can be used to shop online through the IHG Rewards Club Catalog. This catalog features categories such as:
- Home, Garden, and Tools
- Fashion, Health, and Beauty
- Kids & Baby
When shopping through the catalog, the value of your IHG Points will vary. Generally, you'll be look at values of 0.2 to 0.3 cents each which is less than half the value you'd get when compared to redeeming your points for free nights. Redemptions start as low as 1,000 points which usually consists of magazines subscriptions. If you have a very low balance of IHG Points that you're trying to get rid of, shopping in the catalog is an easy way to clear them out.
IHG Points can be redeemed for gift cards which will give you a value of about 0.2 to 0.25 cents each depending on the denomination of the card. The option to pick up gift cards is also located in the IHG Rewards Club Catalog.
There's over 70 different gift cards to choose from. This includes the categories of:
- Dining Out or At Home
- Services & Self Improvement
- Travel & Entertainment
- Retail Shopping
Gift card redemptions start at 5,000 points and goes as high as 83,500 points with the better value offered on higher denominations.
These are pretty low, but remember that IHG points are earned at a higher rate than most hotel chains. There are many ways to earn IHG Points by staying at IHG hotels, using IHG credit cards, participating in their many promotions during the year, and more. For example, most of IHG's available gift cards start at 11,000 IHG Points for a $25 gift card. IHG Members that use the IHG Premier Card to pay for their stay will earn 25 IHG points per $1 spent at minimum. Spend $440 and you have yourself a $25 gift card which is a return of about 5.6%. Sure it's not better than redeeming for free nights at IHG hotels, but it is an alternative option if you're looking for one.
IHG Rewards Club Access
IHG Points can be used to bid on auctions that consist of concerts and special events. The value of these redemptions will depend on how much you value what you're bidding on. Be sure to calculate the estimate price of the redemption to make sure you're not over-bidding.
IHG Digital Rewards
IHG Points can be redeemed for digital rewards which includes music, movies, and eMagazines through the IHG Digital Rewards Portal. The cost of these will vary based on the redemption. You will not get too much value out of your points in this department, but it is yet another way to redeem your points if you have a low balance. Redemptions seem to start around 300 IHG Points which is pretty low.
IHG Points can be redeemed for great value if you take the time to price out award redemptions. You can also squeeze great value out of them when used for PointBreaks hotels and the Fourth Night Free Benefit. Other redemptions provides many ways to use your IHG Points if you're trying to empty out your account.
Outside of redeeming your points for the above redemptions, don't forget that IHG Points can be transferred to over 35 different partners. The transfer ratio for IHG isn't the best, so I would only go this route if you need to top off an account.
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