IHG Loyalty Programme

In regards to Hotel Loyalty programmes – my recommendation if you are a frequent traveller is to stick with 2 programmes – 3 at most.

The reason being that you want to accumulate points at a more accelerated rate than having all your eggs in different baskets.

My current go-to Hotel Loyalty programme is the Hilton HHonors programme. Though I would have to say that the Hyatt Gold Passport programme is definitely catching up.

But my back-up programme I would have to say is the IHG programme.

The IHG Hotel Group consists of the following – Intercontinental Hotels, Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. These are probably the main hotel brands of this group.

From my experience over the last 5 years – the IHG group has been the most generous in regards to accumulating points. There is at any one time multiple promotions that you can sign up for.

They also have a “Point Breaks” programme where you can redeem your points for just 5000 points. Usually on average rooms cost about 20,000-25,000 points. The top brand – Intercontinental Hotels – usually requires more than 40,000 points.

For example my family stayed at the Crowne Plaza Canberra 3 years ago for 3 nights. Costed me about about $550 AUD for those 3 nights. After that stay – from all the promotions I had signed up for – I received 22,000 IHG points!

For the Point Breaks programme – every 2-3 months they release a list of hotels around the world where the 5000 point per night is available.…