IHG Rewards Club doesn’t have a traditional category-based award chart. While hotels have year-round award prices, they don’t belong to a specific category. Instead the cost of an award night is typically tied to which brand a hotel belongs to, and then there’s some variance within each brand.
On the low end, IHG Rewards Club free night awards cost 10,000 points, while on the high end they cost 60,000 points. Then IHG has PointBreaks hotels, which are available for a limited time for 5,000 points per night.
Well, it looks like IHG Rewards Club has just announced some significant hotel award price changes, valid for bookings as of January 15, 2017.
With these changes we’re seeing the cost of free night awards at over 650 hotels change, and in about 75% of those cases the cost of awards are going up rather than down. A majority of the changes are for properties in the United States, though there are many non-U.S. properties changing price as well. We’re seeing the cost of free nights change anywhere between 5,000 and 15,000 points per night, which is pretty substantial.
IHG has over 5,000 hotels around the world, so we’re seeing the cost of ~13% of hotels changing.
You can find the full list of properties changing category here. We’re seeing the following hotels increase in cost to 60,000 points per night, which is IHG’s highest category:
- The InterContinental Boston (previously 55,000 points per night)
- The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City (previously 50,000 points per night)
- The InterContinental Willard Washington DC (previously 55,000 points per night)
- The InterContinental Sydney (previously 55,000 points per night)
- The InterContinental Okinawa (previously 50,000 points per night)
This is a pretty rough change, given that just earlier this year IHG altered their award pricing. Previously the most expensive hotels cost 50,000 points per night, while with these changes they raised the cost to 60,000 points per night.
On the plus side, IHG isn’t actually altering the range of points required for stays at specific brands, as they did earlier this year. Instead they’re altering how individual hotels are priced within that system. Net we’re seeing the cost of over 400 hotels increase in price, which is pretty rough.
If you’re thinking of redeeming points for a stay at a hotel that’s going up in price as of January 15, I’d recommend making a booking in the next couple of weeks.
Are there any hotels you’re especially happy/sad to see changing categories?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)