Published On: Sun, Aug 27th, 2017

How to Book IHG Hotels for Less

PHOTO: InterContinental Hotel Tahiti. (photo via Flickr/Michael Perry)

InterContinental Hotels Group offers more than 5,000 hotels that span 12 brands, including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Hotel Indigo and Kimpton.

Properties run the gamut from roadside hotels to big city skyscrapers and luxurious overwater bungalows, making it easy to use IHG for any type of travel experience you want.

If you’re trying to travel for less, IHG makes it easy to save through a variety of programs and offerings that cater to both families and adventure-seekers. Here are six ways to ensure your IHG vacation costs less than you think:

Take Advantage of Special Promotions

While special offers change all the time, InterContinental Hotels Group offers their fair share of hotel deals. Check their website for special discounts and promotions on featured hotels around the globe.

Join the IHG Rewards Club            

Joining the IHG Rewards Club makes it easy to earn points on all your paid stays at IHG hotels. You can earn 5-10 points for every dollar you spend at IHG properties after joining the program, then redeem those points for free nights across the world.

READ MORE: The Best 6 IHG Rewards Redemptions for a Luxury Getaway

Get the Co-Branded Credit Card

Taking your earnings up a notch? Consider the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card. It offers a signup bonus worth several free nights plus the ability to earn more free nights by using your card for regular spending.

Currently, the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card doles out 5x extra points for each $1 spent at IHG hotels, 2x points at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants, and 1x points on all other purchases.

Use Your Free Night Certificates Wisely

In addition to a healthy signup bonus, the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card also offers a free night at any IHG property worldwide on your cardmember anniversary. By using your free night for a more expensive property, you can get maximum value out of it.

Use Points and Cash for Reward Bookings

Free nights at IHG properties start at 15,000 points and climb up to 60,000 points for premier IHG properties. However, you can stretch your points using a program feature called “points and cash.”

Choose this option to book IHG hotels for less at the same time: Instead of booking a property for 40,000 points, for example, you could choose to pay 35,000 points + $40, 30,000 points + $70, 25,000 points + $99 and so on.

READ MORE: IHG Introduces New Midscale Brand

Look for PointBreaks Hotels

IHG Rewards offers a quarterly promotion where you can book a bunch of their properties for just 5,000 points per night. The included resorts and hotels change every quarter and book up quickly, however, which means you have to pay attention if you want to take advantage.

Properties offered in this promotion are often all over the globe, from Africa to South America to the Midwestern United States.

If an included property happens to align with your travel plans, paying just 5,000 points per night is a steal.

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