IHG Rewards Says No Increases in 2014

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I have gotten quite tired of being the bearer of bad miles and points news in terms of program devaluations (enough already!), so it’s been a nice change of pace to have the two most recent hotel annual change announcements be neutral or even positive.  First Hilton HHonors had no across the board category changes and very few changes hotel adjustments within the categories.
Now IHG Rewards not only doesn’t have any across the board category changes, but they also do not have any hotels increasing in category.  Not one.  They will have more than 100 properties who will decrease in points price by 5,000 points per night.  Let me repeat that for good measure, IHG Rewards states they will not have any increases to award prices in 2014.
The changes to their hotels decreasing in category will be effective on April 15, and I haven’t yet seen a full list of those hotels beyond the preview list below that they shared with me via email.
  • InterContinental Hotel Shanghai-Puxi, China – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Crowne Plaza Geneva, Switzerland – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District, Florida, U.S. –  30,000 to 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Resort PhuketMai Khao Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand – 20,000 to 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Ciudad De Mexico- Trade Center, Mexico – 15,000 to 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe, Germany –  25,000 to 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Staybridge Suites – San Antonio-Stone Oak, Texas, U.S. – 20,000 to 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Candlewood Suites Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. –  25,000 to 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points
For those who have racked up IHG Reward points via The Big Win promotions, thanks to regular stays with promo codes, or the with the co-branded credit card, this is good news for 2014.

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  1. that’s because they gutted the program last year making it 2 tier. Gave me second thoughts on transferring to another program… which I have

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