IHG Rewards Club Award Award Category Changes April 15, 2014

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IHG Rewards Club gave us an advance notice about the award night point changes that will take effect on April 15, 2014.

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According to an IHG spokesperson, more than 100 hotels will require 5,000 points less per night and “We will not be making any increases to our Reward Night pricing during 2014”.

You can access IHG’s web page for hotel awards here.

I have requested clarification if this means that there will be no hotels requiring more points per night come April 14, 2014, or that there will be no new higher award categories introduced this year.

Based on the wording on the release, I would expect the correct interpretation to be the former (no increases) than the latter.

Edit: It is very clear that there won’t be any increases this year:

We will not introduce a category higher than the 50k point price and we will not be increasing point price for any hotel.

Here are some hotels requiring fewer points per night starting on April 15, 2014:

  • InterContinental Hotel Shanghai-Puxi, China – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Crowne Plaza Geneva, Switzerland – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District, Florida, U.S. –  30,000 to 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Resort PhuketMai Khao Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand – 20,000 to 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Ciudad De Mexico- Trade Center, Mexico – 15,000 to 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe, Germany –  25,000 to 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Staybridge Suites – San Antonio-Stone Oak, Texas, U.S. – 20,000 to 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Candlewood Suites Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. –  25,000 to 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points

Conclusion

There was a “wholesale” change on number of points required for a free night awards last spring and there hasn’t been as many (lucrative) point earning promos in early 2014 compared to 2013. Considering that, I am glad that we won’t see higher price hotel awards in 2014.

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