Stretch your points: The best international IHG properties bookable for 10k points
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If you’re the type of traveler who prefers to get the most nights out of your hotel points, this article — and the entire “Stretch Your Points” miniseries — is for you. In recent installments of this series, I’ve presented some low-tier Marriott properties, domestic Hyatt properties, international Hyatt properties, domestic Hilton properties, international Hilton properties and domestic IHG properties where you can stretch your points.
It’s not a secret that my husband, JT, and I have stayed at a lot of IHG properties since giving up our apartment over two years ago. In fact, we’ve actually stayed at many of the properties described below. So, even more so than the previous installments of this series, the list below isn’t simply a theoretical discussion of IHG’s best international properties that you can book for 10,000 points per night. Instead, it’s a compilation of hotels that we’re likely to visit (or revisit) due to their location and how far our points can take us there.
Let’s continue this miniseries by studying how many nights you can squeeze out of the current 125,000-point sign-up bonus on the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, as well as look at some international IHG properties where you can stay for just 10,000 points per night.
How many nights can I get from the bonus?
The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card currently offers an increased sign-up bonus of 125,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. The card provides an anniversary free night that’s valid at properties costing 40,000 points or less, which makes it relatively easy for most cardholders to justify the $89 annual fee. But the card’s other perks, including IHG Platinum Elite status, can also provide significant value. Plus, cardholders get a fourth night free on award stays, which means you can stretch your points even further when you stay for four nights or longer.
IHG award nights normally start at 10,000 points per night. So not counting the points earned while meeting the spending requirements to trigger the welcome bonus, you could squeeze 16 nights out of the IHG Premier Card’s 125,000-point bonus if you stay in increments of four nights at 10,000-point properties (aka four nights for 30k points). TPG’s most recent valuation pegs the value of IHG points at 0.5 cents each, so 10,000 points are worth about $50 and the 30,000 points needed for a four-night stay at a 10,000-point property are worth about $150.
Alternatively, you could book select properties from the PointBreaks list for as little as 5,000 points per night. This means you could theoretically squeeze 33 nights out of the IHG Premier Card’s 125,000-point bonus. But, since the properties on the PointBreaks list change every few months and are removed from the list once the PointBreaks allotment for that property is exhausted, this guide only considers properties that normally cost 10,000 points per night.
IHG currently has 366 10,000-point properties globally and 248 of these properties, or 68%, are outside the U.S. Here’s the breakdown based on brand of the 10,000-point IHG properties located outside the U. S:
|Brand||Property description||10,000-point properties outside the U.S.||Percent of 10,000-point properties outside the U.S.|
|Holiday Inn Express||Hotel that includes breakfast with your room, but doesn’t offer an on-site restaurant||175||71%|
|Holiday Inn||Hotel that provides more services than a Holiday Inn Express but breakfast isn’t usually included in your room rate; sometimes has an on-site restaurant||66||27%|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites||Like a Holiday Inn Express, but with suites||3||1%|
|Holiday Inn & Suites||Like a Holiday Inn, but with suites||3||1%|
|Holiday Inn Resort||Like a Holiday Inn, but with resort features and amenities||1||<1%|
And, here’s the breakdown based on country of the 10,000-point IHG properties outside the U.S.:
|Country||Number of 10,000-point properties in country||Number and brand of 10,000-point properties in country|
|Argentina||1||1 Holiday Inn Express|
|Brazil||9||6 Holiday Inn
3 Holiday Inn Express
|Canada||2||2 Holiday Inn Express & Suites|
|Chile||3||3 Holiday Inn Express|
|China||160||142 Holiday Inn Express
18 Holiday Inn
|Colombia||1||1 Holiday Inn|
|France||1||1 Holiday Inn|
|Germany||2||2 Holiday Inn|
|Hungary||1||1 Holiday Inn|
|India||1||1 Holiday Inn|
|Indonesia||3||2 Holiday Inn Express
1 Holiday Inn Resort
|Italy||1||1 Holiday Inn|
|Macedonia||1||1 Holiday Inn|
|Mexico||34||18 Holiday Inn
12 Holiday Inn Express
3 Holiday Inn & Suites
1 Holiday Inn Express & Suites
|Nicaragua||2||1 Holiday Inn
1 Holiday Inn Express
|Poland||3||3 Holiday Inn|
|Russia||3||3 Holiday Inn|
|Serbia||1||1 Holiday Inn Express|
|Slovakia||3||3 Holiday Inn|
|South Africa||1||1 Holiday Inn Express|
|Spain||3||3 Holiday Inn Express|
|Taiwan||3||3 Holiday Inn Express|
|Turkey||7||5 Holiday Inn
2 Holiday Inn Express
|United Kingdom||1||1 Holiday Inn Express|
|Zimbabwe||1||1 Holiday Inn|
Now, let’s dive into some of the 10,000-point IHG properties outside the U.S. that are most likely to be appealing to travelers.
Some of my favorite 10,000-point IHG properties are in Europe. Here are some properties I’ve stayed at in the past, as well as some I look forward to visiting in the future.
The Holiday Inn Berlin – City West is just a short walk away from a U-Bahn stop in northwest Berlin. You can walk in the nearby parks, as well as to the fence around Berlin Tegal (TXL) where you can see an old Boeing 707. Although the hotel was in need of a renovation when I last stayed, photos indicate that the rooms have since been renovated. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with one double bed or two twin beds. Cash prices usually range from $88 to $110 per night including taxes and fees.
The Holiday Inn Express Belgrade – City is well-located within Belgrade, Serbia. Although I recommend eating at restaurants that serve Serbian food such Drama ćevapi, one of my favorite comfort food restaurants is just a few blocks from the Holiday Inn Express: Agi Pasta Away. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with either one king bed, one double bed and a sofa bed or two single beds. Cash prices usually range from $61 to $88 per night including taxes and fees.
The Holiday Inn Bratislava is slightly outside the heart of Bratislava, but there’s a bus stop two minutes away that you can use to reach the city center. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with one king bed or two single beds. Cash prices usually range from $73 to $107 per night including taxes and fees.
The Holiday Inn Skopje is just a two-minute walk from the Stone Bridge and is across from a bus stop that provides service to the city center. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with one single bed, one queen bed or two single beds. Cash prices usually range from $60 to $137 per night including taxes and fees. But note that you’ll need to pay a 20 euro ($22) fee per guest per night for each adult guest beyond the first with cash bookings.
Although the Holiday Inn Express Madrid – Tres Cantos is a 28-minute train ride and four minute walk from Madrid’s city center and is in a strange complex that shares a stairway with an office complex, I have great memories of both of my extended stays at the Holiday Inn Express Tres Cantos last year. The city’s culture, public parks (you must try the zip line) and bars all left me with a strong desire to return. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with two single beds or a room with a double bed and a sofa bed. Cash prices usually range from $66 to $116 per night including taxes and fees.
North America (excluding U.S.)
Besides all of the 10,000-point IHG properties in the U.S., most 10,000-point IHG properties in North America are in Mexico. Mexico is a relatively easy destination for U.S. residents to reach, and now is a great time to take a trip to Mexico — but as you’ll see below, there’s also an attractive 10,000-point IHG property in Nicaragua.
The Holiday Inn & Suites Mexico Zona Rosa is well-located in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa neighborhood, which is known for shopping and night life. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a standard room that will likely have one queen bed or one king bed — but note that award space is relatively limited for bookings within the next few months. Cash prices usually range from $90 to $124 per night including taxes and fees. If you decide to visit Mexico City, be sure to check out our tips on what to eat and drink, as well as for visiting with kids.
Mérida is a great non-beach destination in Mexico that you can combine with a trip to Cancun. The Holiday Inn Express Merida is on the northern side of Mérida, but the hotel offers transportation within four miles of the property during the day. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with one king bed or two queen beds. Cash prices usually range from $65 to $82 per night including taxes and fees.
Whether you’re visiting Managua for extreme sports or a vacation, the Holiday Inn Express Managua is next to one of the city’s main avenues, so getting around is easy. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with one king bed or two double beds. Cash prices usually range from $81 to $135 per night including taxes and fees, but be aware that there’s an additional $10 charge per adult after the first guest with any cash bookings.
IHG has 10,000-point properties scattered throughout South America, but Brazil and Chile certainly have the most options. Here are a few of the most appealing 10,000-point IHG properties in South America:
The Holiday Inn Fortaleza is situated along the shore of Iracema Beach near Beira-Mar Avenue. The hotel has an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a “Baby’s Kitchen” where parents can prepare food for their children and two restaurants. And, unlike most Holiday Inn hotels, this property includes breakfast in your room rate. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with two double beds. Cash prices usually range from $82 to $110 per night including taxes and fees.
The Holiday Inn Manaus is on the outskirts of Manaus in an industrial area, but could be a good place to stay before or after a trip deeper into the Amazon. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a standard room that will likely have one king bed or two double beds. Cash prices usually range from $39 to $62 per night including taxes and fees, but be aware that there’s an additional $9 charge per adult after the first guest with all cash bookings.
The Holiday Inn Sao Paulo Parque Anhembi is in northern Sao Paulo, but has a free shuttle to a nearby metro station and mall. If you don’t mind using the metro, this could be a good location for exploring Sao Paulo. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a superior, premium or deluxe room with one double bed or two single beds. Cash prices usually range from $62 to $93 per night including taxes and fees.
Port Montt is known as the gateway to the Andes mountains and the Patagonian fjords. The Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt – Patagonia is in the port town of Puerto Montt, and all of the hotel’s windows offer views of the bay and surrounding hills. The hotel is in the same building as a popular shopping destination, Paseo Costanera Mall. For 10,000 points per night, you can only book a standard room so you’ll be assigned a room type when you arrive. Cash prices usually range from $104 to $125 per night before taxes and fees.
Most 10,000-point IHG properties in Asia are in mainland China, but many of these properties aren’t in cities U.S. tourists normally visit.
Many of the 10,000-point IHG properties in Asia frequently offer cash rates well under $50 per night including taxes and fees — so make sure you’re getting good value from your points. This bring said, here are a few 10,000-point properties in Asia where you can usually get solid value from your points.
The Holiday Inn Resort Batam is in Indonesia, but is a short hourly ferry from Singapore. The resort even provides free transfers to and from the Sekupang Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Ferry Terminal. The resort has four restaurants, two bars, three pools, a kid’s club, water slide and game room. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a one queen bed room or a one queen bed one-bedroom suite. Cash prices usually range from $77 to $91 per night including taxes and fees.
I’ve stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Taoyuan multiple times on mileage runs, and enjoyed the friendly staff and upgraded views I’d often get as a Platinum Elite. The hotel is an inexpensive Uber from the airport (TPE), but Taoyuan is also an interesting city to explore for a couple days in conjunction with a trip to Taipei. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with one queen bed or two single beds. Cash prices usually range from $65 to $88 per night including taxes and fees.
The Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Putuo is in the western part of Shanghai, about halfway between Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and downtown Shanghai. The hotel is a four minute walk from a metro station, which means you can reach attractions throughout Shanghai easily. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a room with one queen bed or two single beds. Cash prices usually range from $54 to $106 per night including taxes and fees. To get ready for your trip to Shanghai, check out 10 things no one tells you about Shanghai.
The Holiday Inn Express Suzhou New District is in Suzhou’s New District, within walking distance of two metro stations. The hotel is near Suzhou Amusement Park, and offers hot breakfast daily as part of your room rate. For 10,000 points per night, you can book a standard room with one queen bed or two single beds. Cash prices usually range from $54 to $77 per night including taxes and fees. Before landing in China, it’s a good idea to have these useful apps installed on your phone and a VPN installed on your computer.
Map of all 10,000-point properties
Here’s a map of all the 10,000-point IHG properties outside the U.S. Dark blue pins are Holiday Inn Express & Suites, light blue pins are Holiday Inn Express, green pins are Holiday Inn, dark green pins are Holiday Inn & Resort and purple pins are Holiday Inn Resort.
How to get IHG points
There are a few ways you can obtain IHG points if you don’t have enough points to make a specific redemption:
- Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG — but this usually won’t provide good value since the transfer ratio is 1:1 and TPG’s latest valuations value Chase points at 2 cents each and IHG points at 0.5 cents each
- Purchase points during a sale
- Sign up for the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and meet the minimum spending requirements to earn the 125,000-point sign-up bonus
Whether you’re looking to travel to Brazil, China, Europe or beyond, there may be one or more 10,000-point IHG properties at your destination. Especially if you have the IHG Premier Card, which provides a fourth night free on award stays, you can stretch your points to provide many nights at these 10,000-point properties.
Although this guide focused on international properties, IHG also has many 10,000-point properties in the U.S. — some of which are even in large cities. So, whether you want to travel domestically or internationally, it’s worth checking whether a 10,000-point IHG property will fit nicely into your trip.
Featured image of the Holiday Inn Manaus courtesy of IHG.