IHG Rewards Club Terms & Conditions Changes May 28, 2014 (InterContinental Point Earnings)

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On Monday, I wrote (access here) about the earning changes that were shown during the booking process for InterContinental hotels starting on July 1, 2014.

IHG Rewards Club Terms & Conditions Changes May 28 2014

At the time I noted that IHG has not changed the terms and conditions to reflect this change. Now they have.

You can access IHG Rewards Club Terms and Conditions here.

Here are the changes:

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts outside of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean plus all InterContinental Alliance Resorts worldwide, you will receive 2,000 points per Qualifying Stay or the applicable airline miles, which may vary by participating airline; -Effective 15 February 2012, InterContinental Hotels &Resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean plus all Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, and Holiday Inn Express® hotel brands worldwide, you will receive ten (10) points for each USD dollar or local currency equivalent paid toward Eligible Charges on your individual hotel room bill, when you pay Qualifying Room Rates, or the applicable airline miles;

The earning exclusion for InterContinental hotels outside of the Americas has been removed.

InterContinental® Alliance Resorts worldwide, you will receive 2,000 points per Qualifying Stay or the applicable airline miles, which may vary by participating airline

IHG has added an exclusion for earning points at the InterContinental Alliance resorts (currently Venetian & Palazzo). The earning is capped at 2,000 points per stay.

Charges at restaurants not operated by the hotel may not be eligible for points.

There is now an exclusion that restaurants that may operate within the hotels but that are not operated by the hotel itself could be excluded from earning points.

Only one room will be credited per member per night; however, at U.S. and Canadian hotels (except InterContinental®Alliance Resorts), you can collect points or miles on all Eligible Charges for multiple hotel rooms (less than 10), provided those rooms are used in conjunction with your stay at the same hotel, and your IHG® Rewards Club member number is recorded on each reservation, or the charges from those multiple room reservations are referred to on the hotel room bill associated with your reservation.

You can now earn point for up to 9 rooms at InterContinental hotels in the United States or Canada. The IHG added an exclusion for InterContinental Alliance Resorts.

Note that there is still the following exclusion for hotels in Japan:

ANA/Partner Hotels in Japan, points earned vary by hotel: you may earn 2,000 IHG® Rewards Club points, 1,300 IHG® Rewards Club points or 600 IHG® Rewards Club points or the applicable airline miles. For complete details visit www.ihgrewardsclub.com/ana

This really confuses me. The link that IHG has goes to a web page that is entirely in Japanese.

EDIT: LoyaltyLobby reader left a comment below with the following four ANA/Partner Hotels that fall under this point earnings:

Latest ANA/Partner Hotels list:
ANA Hotel Sapporo
ANA Hotel Okayama
ANA Hotel Yonago
ANA Hotel Matsuyama

When you do searches on IHG.com, the number of points that the website indicates that you should earn and inline with the 10 points per USD per my two ANA hotel searches below:

InterContinental ANA Tokyo

InterContinental ANA Tokyo

Crowne Plaza ANA Ube

Crowne Plaza Ube

IHG Rewards Club Terms & Conditions on May 19, 2014

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IHG Rewards Club Terms & Conditions on May 28, 2014

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Conclusion

Personally, I would prefer that IHG would have a date on the Terms and Conditions page that would show the last edit date. Now they just change the T&C’s and unless you follow them very closely (or keep reading LoyaltyLobby daily) there is no way that you would be aware of these changes that IHG has not communicated to its membership.

Theoretically, if you have stays at InterContinental hotels outsides of the Americas + Caribbean between today and end of June, you could request IHG Service Center to calculate the points using the variable method per the Terms and Conditions change that is in effect today.

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