Back in March Priority Club announced that they would rebrand as IHG Rewards Club, and among the new benefits was complimentary internet for members. Starting July 1, 2013 IHG Rewards Club introduced complimentary internet for elite members, and they announced that they’d offer complimentary internet worldwide for all members as of January 2014.
IHG Rewards Club has now updated their terms to add the following:
Internet Access for Members: Beginning January 2014, standard internet access will be available to all IHG® Rewards Club members at no additional cost at all IHG hotels located in the Americas, Greater China, Asia, Middle East and Africa with or without a hotel reservation and/or qualifying stay. Furthermore, IHG® Rewards Club Elite members will be provided standard internet access at no additional cost at all IHG hotels in Europe. Internet availability and accessibility in common areas vary by hotel. Internet accessibility, speed, and connectivity in common areas and guest rooms vary by hotel. Details regarding a property’s internet accessibility will be available at the hotel’s registration desk. Please note that The Venetian® and The Palazzo®, an InterContinental Alliance® Resort, do not offer the Free Internet Access benefit, which is instead included in the daily resort fee.
So it’s nice to see that free internet will finally be available to all members, though actually rather disappointing that they’re not sticking to their original promise. Earlier in the year they announced members would receive complimentary internet worldwide, though per the above only elite members will receive complimentary internet in Europe. Also, while they specify many of the regions where members will receive complimentary internet, they leave out Australia. I’m not sure if that’s intentional or not.
On the plus side, it seems that IHG Rewards Club will offer members complimentary internet even if they’re not staying at a hotel, which is a nice touch.
Regardless, on the whole the implementation of free internet is a huge step forward, assuming it doesn’t drastically impact wifi speeds.
(Tip of the hat to Gary)