Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: IHG Rewards Club – Earning Points Gold/Platinum

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This is the third installment on Most Rewarding Loyalty Program-series. You can read my earning points take on Club Carlson (here), Hilton HHonors (here), and Hyatt Gold Passport (here).

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What we first need to do, is to establish the number of points that you earn on average per dollar spend taking into account elite amenity points, elite bonuses, and possible credit card tie-up.

The number of points earned varies a lot within the IHG Group depending, whether you are an Ambassador/Royal Ambassador member and stay at InterContinental hotels or mainly other brands.

This first one is for those that stay at IHG’s non-IC full service brands such as Holiday Inns and Crowne Plazas. I will do a separate one for those that stay at InterContinental hotels and are Ambassador/Royal Ambassador members.

In order to be able to compare programs, I am using the following variables, when calculating the number of points that you earn:

– ADR (Average Daily Rate) – $175 – Assuming major metropolitan cities.

– Full service properties.

– Top-tier with 60 nights (10 stays each 3/2/1 nights) & mid-tier with 30 nights (5 stays each 3/2/1 nights)

IHG Rewards Club Elite Bonus

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IHG Rewards Club Gold members earn 10% and Platinum members 50% bonus on the number of base points earned. There are no amenity bonuses for top tier members that Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood all offer.

Chase Priority Club Visa

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You will  earn 5 Priority Club points per dollar charges at all IHG properties worldwide. There is also a 10% rebate on number of Priority Club points required for a free night.

IHG Rewards Club Platinum Member

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The number of points that you earn as a Platinum member is very straight forward. With the credit card the number is 20 points per dollar and without 15 points.

IHG Rewards Club Gold Member

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The elite bonus is only 10% for Gold members and it shows on the number of points earned. The Gold member can expect to earn 11 points per dollar and 16 points with Chase Visa card.

Conclusion

Historically, Priority Club (now IHG Rewards Club) has showered its members with numerous bonus points offers that have dried up this year, however.

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