The best value of IHG Points will come from redeeming them towards free nights at IHG brand hotels. Points can also be used for merchandise, digital rewards, charitable donations, and be transferred to airline partners.
How much are IHG points worth in the UK?
The Point Calculator values IHG Rewards Points at 0.4p each on average. This is the easiest value you can obtain with with very minimal research before booking your award stay with IHG.
IHG points value UK
|Redemption options||IHG point value|
|Redeeming points for free night awards||0.35p - 0.45p|
|Redeeming points for gift cards and vouchers||0.125p - 0.194p|
|Using points for merchandise in the IHG UK catalog||0.1p - 0.3p|
Redeeming IHG points for free nights
IHG points will have the best value of 0.4p when redeemed for free nights at IHG brand hotels meaning that 10,000 points are worth about £40 on average. This can of course be lower or higher depending on the redemptions since the IHG Rewards program does not have an award chart.
You will not know how much your points are worth until you start booking your award stay. You'll then be able to compare the cash price to the award price and calculate the value of the redemption.
As an example, I looked at the first 10 available hotels in London and compared the award prices versus the cash cost.
There was one hotel that was an outlier which was the Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross which offered a magnificent value of 1.1p per point. All other hotels offered between 0.28p and 0.43p for an average value of 0.38p between the remaining nine.
IHG points + cash
IHG also offers the ability to book free nights with a combination of cash and points. These redemptions typically offer slightly better value and allows you to stretch out your points.
The average value for points + cash redemptions hover around 0.43p on average which is a few clicks above standard redemptions.
Looking at the same 10 London hotels, the average value came out to be 0.45p with the Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross offering the best value of 0.68p and Kimpton Fitzroy London offering the lowest value of 0.34p.
All of the hotels, with the exception being Crowne Plaza, offered better value when using points + cash versus paying in all points.
Calculating the cash value of your points for IHG properties you're willing to stay at is pretty much the route to take when trying get the best value out of your points since there's no award chart.
Best IHG hotels for high value
There are many fantastic IHG Hotels around the world that can offer you exceptional value and a lot of bang for your point. Listed below are just a handful of IHG's best properties for high point value.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa (French Polynesia)
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa is one of IHG's best hotels and offers some of the best over water villas available around the world.
The rate at this hotel hovers around 120,000 IHG Points per night for an Overwater Villa with Beach View with cash prices averaging around US$1,200 to US$1,500 per night.
Do note that award space for this resort can be very hard to find. I recommend searching based on the hotels award availability and then planning your trip around those available dates.
InterContinental Bali Resort (Indonesia)
The InterContinental Bali Resort is a great place to stay if you're looking to visit Indonesia and don't want to break the bank.
You can book a standard room at this hotel for as low as 14,000 IHG Points which is fantastic consider the excellent rooms, customer service, and views that overlook the sea.
InterContinental Singapore (Singapore)
If you're looking for top notch luxury within Singapore, check out InterContinental Singapore.
This hotel will run you around 30,000 IHG Points per night for a standard room. The cash prices for this hotel start at around US$250 per night which gives your points a little more value than the average.
One of the best hotels in downtown Sydney is the InterContinental Sydney. This top-rated hotel is close to Sydney Harbour which hosts the one of the best New Years firework displays in the world.
The per night cost of this hotel will run you around 33,000 to 40,000 IHG Points which is a steal due to its prime location.
Transferring IHG points to airline partners
IHG Points can be transferred to over 30 airlines. The transfer ratios vary depending on the program, but most transfers are 10,000 IHG Points for 2,000 airline miles which comes out to 1 airline mile for every 5 IHG Points.
Transferring IHG points to partners isn't the best use of points, but it can be useful if you're a few miles short of a redemption and need to top off one of your frequent flyer accounts.
List of IHG transfer partners
IHG Rewards catalog
IHG Points can be redeemed on the IHG Rewards Catalog for merchandise. This will give your IHG Points a value of around 0.1p to 0.3p per point, but there's are instances in which you can get lower or higher depending on the item.
There's lots of things to choose from ranging from Electronics and Garden to Fashion and Kids. I only recommend going this route if you're trying to clear out your IHG Points since the value will usually be low.
Using IHG points for gift cards
IHG Points can be redeemed in the IHG Rewards Catalog for gift cards starting at 4,000 points for a £5 voucher. The higher the voucher, the more value you'll get out of your IHG points.
There's only a small handful of brands to choose from, but it includes John Lewis, M&S, Sainsbury's, and Pizza Hut restaurants.
|Gift card amounts||Cost in IHG points||Point value|
Convert IHG points to pounds
Use the IHG Points Value Calculator to determine the average cash value of IHG points when used for free nights, gift cards, and merchandise. This will give you an idea of how much your points are worth.
|Redemption||Average Dollar Value|
|Redeeming points for free night awards||£0 - £0|
|Redeeming points for gift cards and vouchers||£0 - £0|
|Using points for merchandise in the UK catalog||£0 - £0|
Pay points or cash calculator
Use the Pay Points or Cash Calculator to determine if a redemption is worth it based on the cost in cash and the cost in IHG points. Try to aim for redemptions that give you 0.4p or more in value per point.
How much are IHG Points worth?
IHG Points are worth about 0.4p each when used for free nights. You can get slightly higher value using points + cash redemptions.
How many IHG Points do you need for a free night?
The amount will vary, but redemptions for free nights start as low as 10,000 IHG Points.
Can I redeem IHG Points for vouchers?
Yes. IHG Points can be redeemed for vouchers starting at 4,000 points for a £5 voucher.
Can I buy merchandise with IHG Points?
Yes. You can use the IHG UK Rewards Catalog to use your points towards electronics, fashion, and much more.
Can you transfer IHG Points to other rewards programs?
Yes. You can transfer IHG Points to over 35 different airline partners.
Are IHG Rewards credit cards available in the UK?
There are currently no co-branded IHG credit cards available for UK-based members. Both the IHG Rewards credit card and IHG Rewards Premium credit card have been discontinued and closed to new applicants.