IHG Rewards Club just dropped us an email about the award category changes that will take place on February 17, 2016.
IHG Rewards Club will release a list on Friday of 400 hotels that will either go up or down in number of points required for award night by 5,000 to 10,000 points.
IHG Rewards Club has dedicated web page for award category changes that you can access here (active sometime on Friday).
Note that award reservations made before February 17, 2016, will be honored at the current level. Any changes to awards where hotel has moved to higher category will require repricing (you may be able to shorten the stay without repricing).
IHG Rewards Club is the first hotel loyalty program to announce their 2016 award category changes. I am eagerly waiting for the list of hotels that move in award category or two. Let’s hope that they don’t introduce new category requiring more than 50,000 points.
On a side note, we have been working on an updated IHG Rewards Club 2016 Master Property List that should be ready early next week.