IHG One Rewards members can earn anywhere from 5 to 30 IHG points per $1 spent at IHG brand hotels. This includes base points, points earned from elite status, and IHG credit card points.
How are IHG points calculated on stays?
When staying at IHG brand hotels, you can earn up to 30 points per $1 spent based on the brand you're staying at, your IHG Rewards elite status level, and whether or not you use an IHG credit card to pay for your stay.
|Method||Points Earned Per $1 Spent|
|Base points||5 - 10|
|Elite status||1 - 10|
|IHG credit cards||5 - 10|
IHG Rewards members earn 10 IHG Points for every $1 USD spent at most IHG hotels and 5 IHG Points per $1 USD spent at Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.
Base points are earned on the base rate of the hotel. You will not earn base points on taxes, fees, and other surcharges.
|IHG Brand||Base Points Earned Per $1|
|Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites||5|
|All other IHG hotels||10|
Elite status points
IHG elite status is based on nights stayed or base points earned at IHG hotels. Nights and base points can be earned when booking your stay directly through IHG.
IHG elite status comes with many benefits and amongst those benefits are bonus points per $1 spent when staying at IHG brand hotels.
Based on your tier in the IHG One Rewards program, you can earn up to a 100% point bonus on the base earning rate which is 10 points per $1 spent at most IHG hotels.
|Tier||Bonus||Max Points Earned|
|Silver Elite||20% Bonus||2|
|Gold Elite||40% Bonus||4|
|Platinum Elite||60% Bonus||6|
|Diamond Elite||100% Bonus||10|
IHG credit card points
The last piece of the puzzle to maximizing your IHG Rewards Points comes with using an IHG credit card. IHG offers three credit cards that can earn you bonus points spending with IHG as well as on other purchases.
Unlike base points and elite status points, IHG credit cards will earn IHG points on the full cost of your stay, including taxes and fees. Points earned with post to your account after the billing statement ends, so be aware that they will not post after your stay.
|Credit Card||Points Per $1 Spent|
|IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card||10|
|IHG® Rewards Premier Business Credit Card||10|
|IHG® Rewards Traveler Credit Card||5|
A big plus for the IHG Premier Credit Card and IHG Rewards Premier Business Credit Card is that they offer complimentary IHG Platinum Elite Status which earns you a 60% bonus without meeting the stay or base point requirement.
So you'll automatically be earning a total of up to 26 points per $1 spent at IHG Hotels and Resorts for just being a cardholder! That's 10 points using the card, a bonus of 6 points for elite status, and up to 10 base points.
IHG points earned per stay
Use the IHG Points Calculator to determine how many IHG points you can earn per night when you stay at IHG brand hotels.
How to earn IHG points
The easiest way to earn lots of IHG points is through intro bonuses and everyday spending across IHG credit cards. You can also earn IHG points transferring points earned with Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards.
IHG credit cards
IHG offers three credit cards that are great for earning points on IHG spending. These cards also feature a handful of useful benefits including access to IHG's 4th night free perk which allows you to book 4 award nights for the cost of three.
|Credit Card||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For IHG Points & Benefits
|Earn 140,000 bonus points + 1 Free Night valued at up to 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.||$99|
Best For No Annual Fee
|Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.||$0|
Best For IHG Business Travelers
|Earn 140,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.||$99|
Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards
Chase Ultimate Rewards Points can be transferred to IHG One Rewards at a 1:1 ratio meaning that 1,000 Chase Points can be converted to 1,000 IHG Points.
This is a great way to earn lots of IHG points with Chase's high intro bonuses. Just note that Ultimate Rewards Points are worth anywhere between 0.6 and 2.1 cents each on average, so transferring them IHG will more than likely devalue them.
These are the best credit cards for earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points:
|Credit Card||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For High Value & Travel Benefits
|Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.||$550|
Best For Flexible Travel Rewards
|Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.||$95|
Best For Flexible Business Travel Rewards
|Earn 100k bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 cash back or $1,250 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.||$95|
How many IHG Points do you earn per stay?
IHG members earn 10 points per $1 USD spent at most IHG hotels and 5 points per $1 USD at Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.
What's the most IHG Points you can earn per $1 staying at IHG brand hotels?
Promotions aside, you can earn up to 30 IHG Points per $1 spent which consists of 10 base points, 10 bonus points from IHG Spire Elite, and 10 points per $1 when using the IHG Premier Card.