Just as Kimpton members get folded into IHG Rewards Club at a fairly disadvantageous rate, IHG Rewards Club points become worth less than before.
- New higher-priced top redemption category, hotels can cost up to 70,000 points per night rather than 60,000 (and the 60,000 point level was only just introduced two years ago).
- 499 hotels go up in category (cost more points to redeem) while 192 go down, more than a 2.5 to 1 ratio of increases to decreases. 70% of the increases are for hotels in the U.S.
This from a program that recently introduced expiring points and makes changes without notice. And they increased the price of many hotels just last year, too.
In the U.S. all 88 hotels going down in price go down by 5000 points, whereas there are 211 going up by 5000 and 138 going up by 10,000.
Details on which hotels are changing are here.
IHG Rewards Club needs to maintain an attractive earn and burn program because that’s really what it has going for it. Elite benefits are mostly non-existent, and there’s no ability to spend additional points when redeeming for a better than base room. It’s all about a strong rebate proposition, something this mitigates against somewhat.
(HT: Point Me to the Plane)