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The best IHG Rewards hotels in Australia and New Zealand for your points

by on Mon September 26, 2016 • No Comment
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There’s some good value to be had by redeeming your IHG points for hotels in Australia and New Zealand. These are two countries that tend to be quite expensive – especially in the cities. Points rates can be toward the top end of the spectrum – even then offering great value – but there are also a lot of more points-budget-friendly hotels to be booked too. We have categorized the best redemptions by travel for luxury, budget, and mid-range points price hotels.

In order to determine the points value range, we checked the same dates at all of the IHG properties that fell into the previously mentioned categories in Australia and New Zealand. We looked at a couple of low season dates as well as a couple of high season dates to get a good value range for each hotel. Depending on when and where you are traveling, you may find values outside of the ranges that we have found, so please check the value you are getting for your points before you book!

We value our IHG points at about 0.5 cents each, and wouldn’t recommend making a booking where you are getting less value from your points than that. Any value that is close to or above one cent per point is very good for IHG points.

Redeeming your points in Australia at the Budget and Mid-Range levels can be especially rewarding. We saw values in these categories routinely reach above one cent per point during certain dates. Even though points values were generally high for IHG hotels in Australia and New Zealand, it isn’t guaranteed to be the case.

Remember that if the value you are getting for your points is less than 0.5 cents each, you should consider alternatives like booking your room with cash, staying at a different hotel, or even non-hotel options like Airbnb – unless, of course, you have so many points that you just don’t know what to do with them all! You also have the ability to make a reservation that is partly on points and partly cash by making two separate bookings and having them merged upon check in to the hotel.

Here are our picks for the best value IHG redemptions in Australia and New Zealand:

Best for Luxury

Only InterContinental hotels were included in the luxury hotel category.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay – 50,000 points

The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is located less than a five minute walk from the ferry, 12 km from the Sydney Opera House, and 13 km from Sydney International Airport. It is possible to take a shuttle from the airport directly to the hotel for an additional fee. At the hotel you can enjoy a rooftop infinity pool, bar, as well as restaurant and spa. Points values at this hotel ranged from 0.38 to 0.73 cents per point – which was the highest point value we saw in the Luxury category.

InterContinental Sydney – 55,000 points

If you want to stay closer to downtown and have an extra 5,000 points per night to spare, you can’t go wrong with the InterContinental Sydney. This hotel is located less than one kilometer from the Sydney Opera House and less than a kilometer from the Museum of Contemporary Art. Point values were lower here than at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, but only slightly – ranging from 0.34 to 0.69 cents per point.

Best for Budget

Hotels that cost 20,000 points per night or less were considered to be in the budget category.

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport – 20,000 points

Staying near the airport might not be ideal for your entire trip, but if you have a late flight in or an early flight out you can’t go wrong with the value of using your points at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport. If you’ve rented a car, it also could serve as a great start off point for your road trip where you won’t need to worry about parking. Points values ranged from 0.77 to a crazy 1.94 cents per point on the dates we checked.

Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquaire Park – 20,000 points

Staying in Sydney can be quite expensive, but you can stay at the Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquaire Park for only 20,000 points per night and get some great value out of your points to boot! The hotel isn’t in downtown Sydney, but if you have time to explore different areas of the city, you can’t go wrong. This Holiday Inn Express is very near to Lane Cove National Park if you want to have the option to experience some nature while in and around Sydney. Points values ranged between 0.56 and 1.06 cents per point.

Best for Mid-Range

Hotels that cost more than 20,000 points but less than 50,000 points were considered for this category.

Crowne Plaza Auckland – 25,000 points

The Crowne Plaza Auckland is right downtown and only costs 25,000 points per night. Right away we had a feeling that this was going to present some incredible value… and we were right! Points values ranged from 0.59 to 1.61 cents per point. The hotel is located a 3-minute walk from Sky Tower and a 7-minute walk from Albert Park. There’s a free gym and sauna for guests to use as well as an on-site restaurant and lobby cocktail bar.

Holiday Inn Old Sydney – 35,000 points

This hotel presents amazing value for stays in Sydney, especially if location is important to you. The hotel is less than a 10 minute walk from a number of points of interest including the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Circular Quay Train Station, and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Points values we found ranged between 0.47 and 1.28 cents per point.

These hotels are just a start – it’s always worth spending time to research off the beaten path hotels and specifics for your travel dates. For more information, read our guide to getting the most out of your IHG points.

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