As I first wrote about a couple of weeks ago, IHG Rewards Club is making some significant hotel award category changes as of January 15, 2017. That means if you want to lock in hotel stays at the old rates, you’ll want to book today.
Since IHG doesn’t have traditional categories that all hotels fall into (but rather pricing varies by brand and then specific property within each brand), there’s not one place where you can easily see the cost of all properties. However, here’s a chart of all the hotels that are changing categories as of tomorrow, January 15.
We’re seeing the cost of free nights at over 650 hotels change, and at roughly 500 of those hotels, the price of an award night is increasing. 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.
On the high end, the following hotels will be joining IHG’s most expensive category, and will cost 60,000 points per night:
- 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 IHG’s latest devaluation, as just about a year ago IHG altered their award pricing, where they raised the cost of the most expensive hotels from 50,000 points per night to 60,000 points per night. So at least with these changes they’re not adjusting the structure of the program, but rather are only adjusting the pricing of specific properties within the existing structure.
Are you making any last minute IHG award bookings before tomorrow’s price changes?