Lock in Your 2017 IHG Award Stays Now or Pay More Later

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Less than a year ago IHG increased the price of their top tier properties from a maximum of 50,000 points per night to a maximum of 60,000 points per night. They also introduced a new 55,000 points per night tier. At that time, of all their thousands of properties, thankfully only 18 hit the new 55,000 or 60,000 point levels.

Intercontinental Times Square

Intercontinental Times Square

This year as they do their annual category adjustments no increased points categories will be added, but the number of properties in the upper point categories will grow. Not only that, but hundreds of properties will increase in points price all along the categories effective January 15, 2017. Some properties will get cheaper, but most that are changing are increasing. As is usually the case, as long as you make an award reservation by that date you can lock in the current pricing as far out as the schedule goes, which is currently mid-December 2017.

Many of the increases in award prices are found in the United States, and some properties are increasing by as many as 15,000 points per night. Two examples of that sort of pretty large increase can be seen via the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Clara that is going from 25,000 to 40,000 points per night and the Holiday Inn Orlando SW – Celebration Area going from 25,000 to 40,000 points per night. Most of the changes are in the 5,000 or 10,000 point zones.

IHG has released a list of the properties going up or down in points price effective January 15, 2017 and I highly encourage you to view the full 39 page list yes, 39 pages?! It isn’t in an ideal order, so I think the easiest way to thumb through it is to think through your 2017 travel plans and then zero in on the city or country column to scan for places of interest to you.

Here is an example of some of the IHG properties changing in points price:

  • Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino Aruba going from 30,000 to 35,000 points
  • InterContinental Sydney Sydney NW Australia going from 55,000 to 60,000 points
  • InterContinental Düsseldorf Dusseldorf Germany going from 45,000 to 55,000 points
  • Crowne Plaza Auckland Auckland New Zealand going from 25,000 to 30,000 points
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fairbanks AK United States going from 15,000 to 25,000 points
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hot Springs AR United States going from 15,000 to 20,000 points
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon AZ United States going from 35,000 to 40,000 points
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Merced – Yosemite Natl Pk Area CA United States going from 15,000 to 25,000 points
  • Holiday Inn & Suites Asheville Downtown NC United States going from 35,000 to 40,000 points
  • Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor – Acadia Natl Park ME United States going from 35,000 to 40,000 points
  • Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs CO United States going from 30,000 to 35,000 points
  • InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. United States going from 55,000 to 60,000 points
  • InterContinental Boston MA United States 55,000 60,000
Enjoy

Lock in your 2017 trip to Acadia now before it costs more points in a few weeks

Do you plan to lock in any IHG properties before the points prices increase on January 15th?

Thanks to View from the Wing for first sharing news of this impending increase

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

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  1. A disgusting move by IHG but I would say it was expected since they were basically giving away points with so many promotions. When promos are too good to be true there is always something behind the scenes. On the other hand most of increases are 5,000 points which can be purchased for less than $35 when IHG runs their promotions.

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