IHG Rewards Club introduced new award categories and made hotel awards more expensive in big cities in January this year. IHG decided NOT to release a list of properties changing in award categories, although they were honoring the old point requirement for more than two months (no logic here). You can read my article about this change here and access the IHG Rewards Club hotel award category list here that we did.
Now, IHG Rewards Club has changed the award categories of handful of properties midyear and unannounced. These changes are not drastic considering the number of properties in the InterContinental Hotels Group chain (4500+), but those that were planning to redeem their points in Tahiti or Moorea will find that they are in need of more points.
InterContinental Resort Tahiti
The number of points required for a free night went up from 30K to 40K per night. I stayed here twice last year using points.
InterContinental Resort Moore
The price of this hotel went down to 25K per night during the January devaluation, but is now suddenly at 40K per night.
Here are other hotels that changed the number of points required for a free night:
AT ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN RESORT Holiday Inn Club Vacations from 27500 to 35000
BRANSON 76 CENTRAL Holiday Inn Express from 15000 to 20000
ORLANDO – ORANGE LAKE RESORT Holiday Inn Club Vacations from 27500 to 35000
GATLINBURG-SMOKY MOUNTAIN Holiday Inn Club Vacations from 27500 to 35000
JACKSONVILLE Holiday Inn from 10000 to 20000
KRAKOW Holiday Inn Express from 15000 to 20000
PADOVA Crowne Plaza from 25000 to 30000
AIRPORT WEST EARTH CITY Holiday Inn from 15000 to 20000
DAWSON CREEK Holiday Inn Express from 10000 to 20000
VANCOUVER-CENTRE (BROADWAY) Holiday Inn from 15000 to 20000
Considering that this change only affected small number of properties and the financial impact to InterContinental Hotels Group and IHG Rewards Club must be minimal, why wouldn’t they wait until 2014 to make this change?
These midyear unannounced changes in hotel award categories is just going to create ill will among program members.