IHG Rewards Club made web page available for 2018 award category changes early January (read more here). I don’t believe that they have sent out any emails for members about these changes.
Members have until January 15 to book using the current rates. The new rates are effective as of January 16, 2018.
You can access IHG’s page for these changes here.
There are total of 691 hotels changing award categories that represent roughly 13% of the 5,200 IHG hotels.
- 192 hotels will cost 5,000 points less
- 325 hotels will cost 5,000 points more
- 184 hotels will jump 10,000 points
We made the following PDF to make it easier for out readers to digest these changes:
Monday is the last day to book using the old award rates as the changes will tale effect on Tuesday. You should check and book if there are any chance that you will visit the hotels that will raise during these changes.
You always have to keep in mind the number of points that you earn for your IHG stays when you compare the number of points required for free nights between chains. For example the number of Starpoints requires is usually low but their basic earnings are only one fifth of those compared to IHG.