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IHG Rewards Club Value 03.06.18

IHG Rewards Club Value

IHG Rewards club, much like Hilton Honors, offers a reliable, but low-value award program. However, IHG, unlike Hilton, transfers at 1:1 with it’s credit card partner, Chase. After we crunched the numbers, we assigned an ACRV of $0.0044 per IHG Rewards Club point.

Though not particularly valuable as a transfer option, IHG Rewards Club points are quite easy to earn. Stays at most IHG properties will net one 10 ppd spent. This would mean that one is earning a 4.4% reward return, if one was to take our ACRV at face-value. Furthermore, one could pair this with a credit card that earns bonus points on travel, like the Sapphire Reserve. With 3 Ultimate Rewards worth roughly $0.02 each plus 10 IHG points worth $0.0044 each, one would effectively earn a 10.4% rebate on each stay!

Also like Hilton, we’re reducing our usual reduction factor of 25% to 10.

30 Days Advance Booking ACRV $0.0038
60 Days Advance Booking ACRV $0.0049
Combined ACRV $0.0044
30 Days Advance Booking Non-Zero $0.0048
60 Days Advance Booking Non-Zero $0.0054
Overall Non-zero Average $0.0051
Award Availability 94.12%

IHG Rewards Club Value Distribution 03.06.18

What the bell curve above tells us, is that one is almost guaranteed to redeem at a rate of ~$0.0049, give or take a 1/10ths of a penny. There is virtually no chance of a high-value award.

Sadly, IHG does blackout some dates. We really hate arbitrary rules like this. Why a hotel would punish a customer otherwise loyal to the brand is beyond us. Even though availability is great, >90%, the one week we couldn’t find availability just irks us.

Redemption Count
Exceptional >$0.06 0
Great $0.04-0.06 0
Good $0.03-0.04 0
Respectable $0.02-0.03 0
Acceptable $0.01-0.02 0
Terrible <$0.01 19
No Availability 1

The table above isn’t very good. The best we could do for the month is a week-long stay at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre. This was available for $1,639.56 or 240,000 points, providing a $0.0068 redemption value.

IHG Rewards Club Best and Worst Value 03.06.18

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