IHG Points Value Calculator

Redemption Options & Cash Value

IHG Points are worth 0.7 cents on average for free nights. Find out how to get more value with IHG's 4th Night Free Benefit. Calculate IHG Points Value.


IHG Points will have the best value when redeemed for free nights at IHG brand hotels. This will give you around a value of 0.7 cents per point with the ability to get more value when you use IHG's 4th Night Free Perk. Other redemptions will give your points an average value of 0.3 cents and lower.

IHG Points Value Calculator

The IHG Points Value Calculator below will calculate the average dollar value of your IHG Points based on the redemption options listed. You can enter any value of IHG Points in the field below.

IHG Point Value Calculator
Enter any amount of IHG Points to see the cash value for each redemption.
IHG Points
4th Night Free
0.8 to 1+ Cent
$0 - $0+
IHG Award Stays
0.6 to 0.8 Cents
$0 - $0
IHG Rewards Club Catalog
~0.2 to 0.3 Cents
$0 - $0
$25 Gift Cards
11,000 IHG Points
$0
$50 Gift Cards
20,000 IHG Points
$0
$100 Gift Cards
38,500 IHG Points
$0

IHG Free Night Award Stays

When you redeem your IHG Points for free nights, you will get around an average value of 0.7 cents per point, but it's possible to get a higher or lower value depending on the hotel.

IHG does not have an award chart for free nights and the award cost of IHG hotels changes from time to time. For example, I typically stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa East - Ybor City when visiting family in Florida. I've seen the hotel cost as low as 15,000 IHG Points and as high as 25,000 IHG Points. I'm sure it has something to do with peak and off-peak, but there's nothing that really tells you the time period of when the hotel will cost less or more. So when booking IHG stays, it's best to just check on the hotel occasionally to see what price it's going for.

It's hovering at 20,000 points per night at the moment.

Calculating Value

When searching for IHG hotels, you can easily toggle between 'Money', 'Points', and 'Points+Cash' amounts. This allows you to perform a rough estimate on how much your IHG Points will be worth when you redeem them for a free night.

columbus ohio side by side
I sometimes open two windows with the same results to calculate which hotels are offering the best value.

When calculating the cash value, you have to take into account that the cash value as well as the cash portion of the Points + Cash option does not show the amount with taxes. This means the cash value you calculate will be a little less than what it actually is. So for example, the Holiday Inn Columbus Dwtn-Capitol Square after taxes is $165.67. So you're looking at 0.8 cents per IHG Point in value which is great.

There's no real specifics to look for when booking award stays at IHG hotels. You'll just have to compile a list of hotels you're willing to stay at and see if they are offering great value.

IHG 4th Night Free Perk

You can save IHG Points and obtain even better value when you use the 4th Night Free Perk which is available to IHG Rewards Club members who own either the IHG Premier Card or IHG Traveler Card. This perk allows you to book a 4-night consecutive award stay at an IHG hotel for the cost of 3 nights.

ihg fourth night free
IHG 4th night free perk saves you points and makes your IHG points worth more.

If you're able to use this perk, you can easily get redemptions of 1 cent or more. Looking at the same Holiday Inn Columbus Dwtn-Capitol Square example, the cost for a 4-night stay would be a little under $600.

columbus holiday inn downtown cash

Thanks to the fourth night free perk, you can book a 4-night stay for 60,000 IHG Points. This gives your points about a 1 cent per point value plus you save 20,000 IHG Points due to getting the 4th night for free. It's a win-win.

If you typically book 4-night (or longer) stays at IHG Hotels or you want to get the best value out of your IHG Points, I recommend picking up an IHG credit card. Even if you just pick up the no-annual fee IHG Traveler Card and only use it once every now and then, you'll have access to this benefit. You can use the IHG Credit Card Comparison Calculator to compare both IHG cards side by side based on spend, how much the benefits are worth to you and the annual fee.

ihg intercontinental le moana bora bora
Easily get as 1 cent or more in value per IHG Point booking a 4+ night stay at the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora.

IHG Points Value Calculator

Want to get the exact value of your points or at least as close as possible? You can use the IHG Points Value Calculator below. Enter the cost of your stay in points and the cost of your stay in cash to get your IHG Points Value. You can also enter taxes. If you want to calculate multiple hotels/rates at the same time, you can use the Points & Miles Cash Value Calculator which can handle up to 3 at a time.

IHG Points Value Calculator
IHG Points Value Calculator
For Hotel Stays (USD)
Total Cost Of Hotel In Points
This is the cost of the entire stay in points.
Points
Number of Days
How many days will you stay at this property?
No. of Days
Total Cost Per Night
Enter the cost of the hotel per night (can be exact or estimate).
Per Night
Estimate IHG Point Value: cent(s)
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IHG Points Value Table

If you don't want to go down the list calculating the average cash value of each hotel or room rate, you can use the table below which gives you the costs associated with getting at least 0.7 cents in value per point. 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.

IHG Points Value Table
Cost In Points Cost Per Night
Per-Day Price (No Taxes)
10,000 Points $70
From $61
15,000 Points $105
From $92
20,000 Points $140
From $122
25,000 Points $175
From $153
30,000 Points $210
From $182
35,000 Points $245
From $214
40,000 Points $280
From $243
45,000 Points $315
From $273
50,000 Points $350
From $305

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 a few hotels that offers a value of around 0.7 cents each.

IHG PointBreaks

The IHG PointBreaks also gave great value to IHG Points. It consisted of various hotels from around the world that IHG had marked down to a cost of 5,000 to 15,000 points per night in which you could book 2-days max. This gave you insane point values that reached as high as 2 cents at some hotels and even made it worth buying IHG Points when they were on sale.

ihg pointbreaks
Book IHG hotels for great prices.
(IHG PointBreaks Nov 2019)
IHG did not release any PointBreaks promotions for 2020 and it looks to be on pause at the moment. Hopefully it comes back one day as it was a great plus to the IHG Rewards Club program.

IHG Rewards Club Catalog

You can redeem your IHG Points on the IHG Rewards Club Catalog which will give you about 0.2 to 0.3 cents in value. This is a significant dip in value when compared to redeeming your points for free nights. If you're looking for merchandise, you'd do better running spend through cash back credit cards.

ihg catalog shopping
You will not get much value out of the catalog, but it's useful for clearing out your points.

The IHG Catalog features categories such as:

  • Electronics
  • Home, Garden, and Tools
  • Fashion, Health, and Beauty
  • Sporting
  • Kids & Baby

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 IHG Catalog is an easy way to clear them out.

Gift Cards

Redeeming your IHG Points for gift cards will give your points a value of about 0.2 to 0.25 cents each depending on the denomination of the gift card. You'll find the option to redeem your points for gift cards in the IHG Rewards Club Catalog.

ihg gift card redemptions cheap
Gift card redemptions start at 5,000 IHG Points.

You can redeem your IHG Points for over 70 different gift cards that covers the categories of:

  • Dining Out or At Home
  • Services & Self Improvement
  • Travel & Entertainment
  • Retail Shopping
  • Gasoline

The redemption value of gift cards is pretty low, but remember that IHG points are earned at a high rate and you can earn bonus IHG Points with promotions, IHG credit cards, 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 at an IHG hotel 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.

Gift card redemptions start at 5,000 points so this can be another easy way to use your IHG Points if you have a low amount of points that you're trying to clear out.

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 Digital Rewards
Redeem your IHG Points for digital Movies, eMagazines, eBooks, games.

Transfer Points To Another Member

IHG Points can be transferred to another IHG Rewards member for a cost of 0.5 cents per point transferred. This can be done on the IHG Transfer Points Page.

transfer IHG points to members

Sharing IHG Points is the cheaper option over buying IHG Points at the standard cost, but it can still be pricey. The best, and free, option for earning points will usually be by transferring rewards to your IHG account using transfer partners.

Summary

IHG Points can be redeemed for great value if you take the time to price out award redemptions. Your best best is to aim for the Fourth Night Free Perk which can save you points and give you more value.

Outside of redeeming your points for the above redemptions, don't forget that IHG Points can be transferred to over 35 different partners.

Looking to earn more IHG Points? The best route will be by using IHG credit cards as well as transfer partner credit cards. You can use the IHG Credit Card Comparison Calculator to calculate the cash value of both IHG Cards based on your spend, how much you value the card benefits, and the annual fees. If you want to get a list of all available cards for earning IHG Points, check out the Best Credit Cards For IHG Points Calculator to get a list of cards that will give you the best return and/or most points based on your spend across multiple categories.

IHG Points Value FAQ

How much are IHG Points worth?

IHG Points are worth around 0.7 cents each on average. You can typically get higher values of 1 cent or more with the 4th Night Free Perk.

How many IHG Points do you need for a free night?

Redemptions start at around 10,000 IHG Points per night, but most hotels hover around the 20,000-40,000 points per night range.

How do you use the IHG 4th night free benefit?

If you have an IHG credit card tied to your IHG Rewards Club account, this perk is triggered automatically when you book a 4-night or longer stay.

Can I redeem IHG Points for gift cards?

Yes. IHG Points can be redeemed for gift cards starting at 5,000 points for a $10 gift card.

Can I buy merchandise with IHG Points?

Yes. You can use the IHG Rewards Club Catalog to use your points towards electronics, fashion, health, garden, and much more.

Can you transfer IHG Points to other IHG members?

Yes. You can transfer points to another member at a fee of 0.5 cents per point. So transferring 1,000 IHG Points would cost you $5.

Can you transfer IHG Points to other rewards programs?

Yes. You can transfer IHG Points to over 35 different airline partners.

Are the IHG credit cards worth it?

If you want to earn the most IHG Points on IHG spend and get the best value with the 4th Night Free Perk, yes the cards are worth it.


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