Last night I gave a heads up that IHG Rewards Club — the points program for Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and related brands — would be adjusting the redemption prices at about 8% of participating hotels.
They’re giving a modest amount of advance notice — changes go into effect February 17. That lets you make any future date bookings now at the old price for hotels that are going up.
The web page listing hotel changes is now live. Here’s the shift:
- It literally is exactly 400 hotels changing price, that wasn’t just an order of magnitude
- 12 hotels drop in price by 10,000 points per night
- 188 drop in price by 5000 points per night
- 158 go up by 5000 points per night
- 42 go up by 10,000 points per night
All told, 200 hotels go up in price and 200 go down — although the heavy increasers outnumber the heavy decreasers 3.5 to 1.
What’s more concerning is the introduction of new higher redemption levels.
IHS Rewards Club (then Priority Club) went to 9 redemption categories 3 years ago. The maximum redemption price was 50,000 points per night. Now with 55,000 and 60,000 point redemptions they’ve got 11 categories. So they didn’t just add one new higher tier, they added two new higher tiers.
The new 60,000 point hotels are:
|InterContinental||Paris – Avenue Marceau|
|InterContinental||Paris – Le Grand|
|InterContinental||Le Moana Bora Bora|
|InterContinental||Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa|
|InterContinental||London Park Lane|
|InterContinental||The Clement Monterey|
|InterContinental||Mark Hopkins San Francisco|
|IC Alliance Resorts||The Venetian|
|IC Alliance Resorts||The Palazzo|
|InterContinental||New York Times Square|
And the 55,000 point hotels are:
|InterContinental||Melbourne The Rialto|
|InterContinental||De La Ville Roma|
|InterContinental||The Willard Washington D.C.|