Last month, we released the full list of IHG Rewards Club properties (access here) that you could sort by country, city, brand, number of points required for awards etc.
I thought that it would be “food for thought” to make few illustrations where IHG Rewards Club stands in number of points required for an award night and the same by the brand.
You can access IHG Rewards Club here.
Note that the total number of hotels in the IHG group and the award distributions below don’t match 100%. IHG has IHG Army hotels where you cannot redeem points. There are also hotels that are being phased out or phased in. They are listed on IHG’s website but you cannot redeem at them.
InterContinental Hotels Group:
More than half of the properties belonging to the InterContinental Hotels Group (shouldn’t the name be Holiday Inn Express Hotels Group?) are Holiday Inn Express hotels. The second biggest brand is the Holiday Inn representing roughly 22% of all the properties.
Only less than 4% of all the IHG properties are in fact InterContinental hotels.
Obviously if you take into account the number of rooms each of these brands have the total room of InterContinental hotels in the IHG group is higher. Holiday Inn Express hotels tend to be smaller. I could take the annual or quarterly report and find this info.
IHG Rewards Club Award Distribution By Number Of Points Required:
More than 30% of all the properties require 20,000 points per night. 27% of the properties require 15,000 points and 14% 25,000
IHG Rewards Club Points Distributions By Brand:
Note that the number of hotels belonging to Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Even, ANA and Hualuxe brands were so low that decided not to graph them.
Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Resort
Most of these chains have their bread and butter brands that tend to be lower quality ones such as Holiday Inn Express’ from IHG, Courtyards from Marriott, Hampton Inns from Hilton and so on. I would assume that these are money makers for these companies albeit not sexy as brands.
Although most of the IHG properties are Holiday Inn Expresses and Holiday Inns, I would assume that people tend to redeem (or at least wish to redeem) more upscale brands as the flagship InterContinental.