IHG Award Rates Increase on January 16, 2018

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Yesterday I shared the news that hundreds of IHG properties will cost more points in the near future and that the top tier IHG properties will go from 60,000 to 70,000 points per night. A few properties will go down in award cost, but overall the changes are far more bad than good. In total, 499 IHG properties are increasing in price while only 192 are decreasing in price. The increases are by as much as 10,000 points per night while the decreases are just 5,000 points.

New IHG Award Rates Take Effect on 1/16/18

One question that was not yet answered in my first post on this topic was when the new award rates would go into effect, but I have now heard back from IHG and the new award rates take effect on January 16, 2018. 

This means you have a little over a week left to book hotels at the current rates. In terms of planning, you can currently book IHG hotels through just before Christmas in 2018. Presumably in the next week or so the calendar will go through Christmas 2018 in case you are hoping to book a hotel for that holiday week at the current award rates.

InterContinental Paris – Le Grand

I’m very sad to see IHG continuing to up the award costs for properties at such rapid rate, so be sure to do what you can to delay the impact to your own travels by making IHG award reservations through 2018 at the properties that will be increasing in award cost before January 16, 2018.

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  1. IHG is by far my least favorite hotel loyalty plan. I have the IHG Chase card so I get IHG Platinum status but never get any recognition when staying at Intercontinental hotels. Also, IHG has a Jurassic IT system that insists in having a 4-digit PIN. My account was hacked two years ago and all my points were gone. It took me forever to prove I was not the one using the points and they blamed me for my “weak password”. What?? It is a 4-digit PIN so my toddler son can figure that out nowadays. They insist to use a 4-digit PIN.

  2. I’m already seeing some award rate points increases. For example, the Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam is pricing out at 20,000 points per night. Is anybody else seeing the price increases implemented?

    • Yes :(. I was coming on here to post the same, sad news. I was going to try to book some rooms a ways out before the 16th, but I see that one of our favorite airport hotels, the Holiday Inn Express at Dublin Airport, has already increased from 20,000 to 30,000 points. That puts IHG right up there with Hilton’s crazy point redemption. I used to love booking IHG hotels in Ireland, because in addition to the relatively fair point value, they give you a free drink in the hotel pub for 2 adults and free breakfast. [sigh] All these good things seem to come to an end eventually:(:(:(:(.

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