May 19, 2024

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IHG Rewards Members: You Can Now Book 400+ Boutique Hotels With Points

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IHG Rewards Club members already had more than 800 luxury and lifestyle properties to choose from when it came to redeeming their points for free stays, but they recently gained a whole lot more.

This fall, IHG cemented a new loyalty partnership with boutique hotel group Mr & Mrs Smith that would make more than 400 of the hotel club’s luxury properties available for booking with IHG Rewards points, in locations from Iceland, to India, to Indonesia and beyond.

The good news didn’t stop there. In addition to the ability to redeem points for free nights, IHG Rewards members also picked up an opportunity to earn IHG points on paid stays at participating Mr & Mrs Smith properties. Plus, the partners made IHG Rewards members eligible for complimentary “Smith Extras,” including welcome gifts and room upgrades where available.

IHG Rewards uses dynamic pricing for reward nights booked in its hotels, meaning the amount of points per night needed to book at each property varies according to booking date. But you can use the booking tool to plug in the property and your travel dates to see how many IHG points you need to book. 

If you’re looking to start racking up IHG Rewards points, the IHG Rewards Club Premiere credit card is currently offering new cardholders a whopping 140,000 points after spending $3,000 in purchases in the first three months. 

Learn more about applying for the IHG Rewards Club Premiere card here.

Ready to cash in? Read on for a list of the top Mr & Mrs Smith hotels you can now book with IHG Rewards points.

Borgo Pignano, Tuscany, Italy

Close your eyes and let the words, “18th-century Tuscan villa” sink in, followed by the words, “750-acre estate.” That’s Borgo Pignano, located just minutes from the charming Tuscan villages of Volterra and San Gimignano. Of course, you may not want to leave the property to go check them out—and with stables, an art gallery, and a breathtaking heated pool carved from ancient limestone all on the premises, who could blame you? Throw in the bottle of organic wine you’ll find in your room at check-in, and you’ll have everything you need to enjoy this slice of Italian paradise.

A suite at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel.

Antti Kurola/Courtesy Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Arctic Circle, Finland

If the words “arctic treehouse” aren’t enough to sell you on this bucket-list property in Rovaniemi, Finland, the photos of the northern lights should do it. By night, you can marvel at the aurora through the window wall in your sleek, eco-friendly cabin. And by day, you can get a taste of Arctic adventure through a range of activities, including heli-skiing, ice swimming, and reindeer safaris. (Alternatively, simply take in the stunning winter scenery with a mug of mulled wine in hand.)

Caldera House, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the Teton Village surroundings, top-notch amenities, or Insta-perfect interiors of Caldera House—though it certainly doesn’t hurt. There’s plenty to do both on the slopes and off of them, given the hotel’s tailored spa treatments, in-room wood-burning stoves, and infinity hot tub. In summer, opportunities for white water rafting, hiking, and dips in local hot springs abound. The hotel’s meticulously thought-out, design-forward details, meanwhile, are just the icing on the cake.

Uga Chena Huts, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Luxury seekers, don’t be scared off by the word “huts” when it comes to Uga Chena. With private plunge pools, freestanding tubs, and climate control, the hotel’s eco-friendly dwellings are not exactly rustic. They will, on the other hand, allow you to get up close and personal with Sri Lanka’s wildlife, which includes elephants, flamingos, and more. Morning and evening game drives for additional wildlife spotting are included with the room rate, as are all meals and select alcohol and snacks. Not feeling the plunge pool between game drives? Spend some time at the hotel’s heated outdoor pool or its private beach.