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Update January 8, 2017: these changes will go into effect for reservations made on/after January 16, 2018. Make your bookings prior to this date for the current rates.
IHG has brought in 2018 just like it did 2017, with adjustments to its award chart. 2018 adjustments impact hundreds of properties across the world, with most increasing in cost by 5,000 to 10,000 points.
In addition to adjusting the rates at properties, the more significant impact is that IHG has added an additional level, increasing the maximum cost per night at some of its properties from 60,000 points per night to 70,000 points per night.
Overview of the Changes
The changes affect almost 700 properties worldwide, with nearly 500 going up and nearly 200 going down in price. By far the most significant affected region is the US, along with some of the more premium destinations in the IHG portfolio like French Polynesia.
The United States
In total, 437 properties by our count have changed pricing in the US. Unfortunately, as with most changes, the vast majority have gone up in price. 349 properties have increased in cost by 5,000 to 10,000 points with unsurprisingly the majority going up by 10,000 points. A total of 88 properties have had their prices dropped, and all have gone down by 5,000 points.
The situation in Canada is no different, with 20 properties increasing in price between 5,000 and 10,000 points. Although more often than not the increase is only by 5,000 points. When it comes to price reductions, 14 properties have had their cost reduced by 5,000 points.
The United Kingdom
The UK also takes a hit to its property portfolio, with 35 hotels changing price. 26 properties have had their price increased, roughly half by 5,000 points and the other half by 10,000 points. 9 properties are reduced; however, these have only been reduced by 5,000 points.
The biggest hit involves IHG's high-end properties, especially those used for an aspirational redemption. Properties in French Polynesia have all had their costs bumped by 10,000 points, with some hitting the new maximum price of 70,000 points per night.
The price hike is not limited to the tropics but also affects premium properties across the world. Other properties to see their cost hit 70,000 points per night include:
- InterContinental New York Times Square
- InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C.
- InterContinental Boston
- InterContinental The Clement Monterey
- InterContinental San Francisco
- InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
- InterContinental New York Barclay
- InterContinental London Park Lane
- InterContinental Paris – Le Grand
- InterContinental Hong Kong
- InterContinental – ANA Manza Beach Resort
In total, IHG properties in 46 countries have changed their pricing. As usual most of the changes are an increase in the 5,000 to 10,000 points range, with the majority of properties receiving an increase of 5,000 points.
Sure, the last thing we want to do is pay more for the same product, but the changes are are not devastating. That said, two significant hikes within 12 months are steep. It looks like IHG is correcting what it feels is an award chart that is simply out of balance.
At least IHG has announced the changes, and we have time to cash in prior to any changes — at this point, we don't know exactly when to expect them to take effect.
So, if you have confirmed travel plans and have the points, it would make sense to secure reservations now and save yourself some points.
Source: IHG Rewards Club
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