Friday, January 29, 2016

IHG Rewards Club Reward Night Point Changes: 11 Hotels in Canada affected and new high end categories introduced

If you follow our global website, you'll have seen that last night we gave you a heads up on IHG's imminent annual point changes being released today. Well they're out now and roughly 400 hotels are either moving up or down in the amount of points required for a redemption by 5,000 or 10,000 points. These new rates take effect on February 17th. So if you were planning a redemption at any of the hotels on the list you'll want to redeem and book before that date if the rate is going up while you'll want to wait until after that date if you see a hotel is going down. If your are redeeming for stays in Canada the good news is more hotels are going down then up. Out of 11 hotels changing in our country 7 of them are going down by 5,000 points. Bad news is the Holiday Inn Deer Lake jumps from 10,000 points to 20,000 points! That's a 100% increase!

Internationally we see the introduction of new 55,000 and 60,000 point levels, previously the highest redemption level was 50,000 points so this isn't great news for those higher end hotels around the globe. It's not surprising to see two of the most coveted IHG hotels (both in Bora Bora) being pushed up to that new 60,000 point level from the previous 50,000.

You can learn all about the changes and see the complete list of hotels here.

Now over the next month be prepared to watch for changes from SPG, Hyatt and Marriott.

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