IHG offering Diamond elite members free points transfers to other members (but not the other way)


IHG has been making improvements to its loyalty program over the past year or two and they’ve made another minor but welcome change today. Diamond elite members can now transfer points to other IHG members with no fee, but only in that direction.

IHG Diamond free points transfer

You can transfer points at this link. In addition to being available for Diamond members, IHG Business Rewards members will get the same benefit.

IHG ordinarily charges $5 for every 1,000 points transferred to another member. That’s never worth doing because IHG frequently sells their points for 0.5cpp (cents per point) which means you can buy 1,000 points for $5 rather than just moving existing points around for that same price.

With this new benefit, Diamond members can transfer up to 500,000 IHG One Rewards points every calendar year for no fee. Transfers can only be done to accounts that have been open for at least 30 days, so if this is a benefit you’re interested in using and the person you’ll want to transfer to doesn’t have an IHG account yet, they’ll want to jump on that sharpish.

It looks like this is an ongoing benefit rather than one that has an expiry date, but it’s not entirely clear if they’ll pull the opportunity at some point. The terms state:

This offer does not have an expiration date and will continue at IHG’s discretion. IHG may withdraw points from a member’s account if they were deposited into the member’s account in error and may revoke all points in a member’s account if the member abuses the IHG One Rewards program, including but not limited to abuse of the point redemption process. IHG expressly reserves the right to remove a member’s points, reverse a member’s points transfer, downgrade their status, or cancel their account if fraudulent activity is detected.

Based on that warning above, my guess is that they’re planning on maintaining this benefit on an ongoing basis, but that they’re going to be monitoring it to ensure that people and/or points brokers don’t try to game the system somehow. I’m not sure exactly how this would be gamed, but perhaps there’s some kind of currency arbitrage opportunity where one country sells points cheaper than another country and so IHG wants to avoid people abusing that.

What’s a shame is that this isn’t a two-way free transfer ability. A couple of years ago we bought a ton of IHG points during a Daily Getaways deal and applied points to both my account and my wife’s. It was dumb adding so many points to my wife’s account as we always book stays on my account as I’m the one with Diamond status (she only has Platinum courtesy of the IHG Premier and Select cards). That means we currently have more than 250,000 points sitting in her account, so I was excited when seeing this new benefit from IHG as I figured we could transfer her points to me with no fee.

Alas not. As I mentioned above, it turns out that transfers can only be done from Diamond members to other IHG One Rewards members but not in the other direction. Hopefully IHG runs some kind of Diamond status match/challenge again so that we can get her Diamond status at least temporarily in order to transfer those points to me for free.

While this added benefit for Diamond elite members is a welcome addition, it would’ve far nicer for them to allow all members to transfer points for free. That’s a benefit offered by Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott, so IHG is the only one of those big four hotel chains that still don’t allow all members to do that.

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Another reason to transfer is if only 1 of you has a 4th night free card.


Agree this would be useful in the other direction. Would love if P2 (platinum) could transfer to me (diamond) so that any/all award stays could be booked from my account to get Diamond benefits.


Easy fix for your wife here – https://www.ihg.com/businessrewards/us/en/enrollment/join. Members can transfer to others for free as well.


I was able to sign into my IHG account, click the link, and it filled in the application for me. I just had to agree to the terms and submit the form. I was immediately upgraded to the Business Rewards. Unfortunately, the points transfer page still shows a paid transfer, so it might take Points.com a few hours / days to update that to a free transfer.


Loyalty Lobby is reporting you need to have the Business Rewards membership open for at least 30 days for the free transfer option to become available. People with existing Business Rewards memberships should have free transfers already.


My other IHG account with platinum status has been enrolled in the Business Rewards for several months and still shows the cost for transfers. I’ll try again tomorrow on a PC not phone.


P2 has had Business Rewards forever, and am not getting free transfers either. Using the link from the post:


Not sure if there is a separate link for business transfers?