IHG Rewards Club Review
IHG Rewards Club is a brand loyalty program that grants club members discounts at International Hotel Group hotels, special reception awards including complimentary cocktails, in room snacks and soft drinks at both corporate properties and franchise properties. Often meals are discounted at hotel restaurants and membership reward points are earned on every dollar spent at their properties.
Each brand in the Intercontinental Group targets specific groups of clients which are also known as market segments.
The Intercontinental Hotel brand is the luxury brand of the group and many of their properties are resorts while others target white collar business travelers. You can expect to be pampered when staying at an Intercontinental.
Crowne Plaza hotels are oriented towards creating an environment that serves the business traveler featuring free wifi in all rooms, quiet zones, and located in prime business locations.
A unique IHG partner brand is the Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants group. These properties have not been fully incorporated into the IHG Rewards club at this point in time, but they are a unique combination of boutique hotels with high end restaurants and bars.
The HUALUXE hotel properties are based in China and are a luxury brand that caters to Chinese customers.
Like the Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants mentioned above Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel company with each property being unique with its own personality. The common themes of the hotels are they provide spa inspired bathrooms and locally sourced restaurants that use seasonal ingredients.
EVEN Hotels are designed to cater to the physically active customer who prioritizes personal wellness as a central part of their lifestyle. In order to do this the hotels and their staff offer a best in class fitness experience and healthier dining alternatives.
Probably the most venerable brand of the International Hotel Group is Holiday Inn Hotels. Holiday Inn opened its first hotel in 1952 and is currently the largest hotel group in the world. Their brand features mid range hotels that are both comfortable and not overly expensive.
The Holiday Inn Express chain is the preferred property for business travelers seeking an inexpensive short term stay. Typically a breakfast buffet is included with the price of the room, but full service restaurants are not usually part of the properties.
Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites are both extended stay suites offering their guests an apartment with a kitchen living room/dining room separate from the bedroom and bath. These allow a business traveler or family to have a home away from home, although these properties typically do not have a full service restaurant on site.
Club Membership Benefits
The depth and breadth of hotels included in the rewards program is the foremost benefit for me and my family. We have been members for many years and depend on the program every time we travel. We feel appreciated when upon checkin, we are offered a welcome gift of snacks, cocktails or soft drinks.
We appreciate the lowest guaranteed rate for our stays and the reward points we earn that can be used on future stays or transferred to many major airlines frequent flyer programs. We like free internet at every hotel, and the fact we even earn reward points on stays purchased with reward points.
The other nice thing is there are no reward blackout dates for booking a room, or booking a flight using points.
IHG Rewards is a rewards program offering benefits at over 5,000 hotels worldwide at no cost to you. Like us, you can take advantage of being a member of this great program by clicking here.
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