IHG Rewards Club has posted a .pdf of hotels that will be changing rewards redemption category on January 15.
- About 650 hotels are changing category. Of those, about 75% are going to cost more points to redeem starting January 15th.
- Two-thirds of the hotels that are changing category are in the U.S. Over 90% of those are going up in category and price.
- Outside the U.S. things are far more evenly split. About half the 230 hotels outside the U.S. changing category are going up and half are going down.
- Quite a few hotels in the UK are going up or down 5000 points. Unsurprisingly hotels in Turkey get less expensive. The biggest clusters of point reductions are in India and especially in China outside of Shanghai and Beijing.
Internationally most prices go up or down 5000 points, some 10,000 points. But in the U.S. we actually see several 15,000 point increases. For instance,
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Woodland Hills Woodland Hills CA United States going from 20,000 to 35,000
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas Salinas CA United States going from 25,000 to 40,000
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Clara Santa Clara CA United States going from 25,000 to 40,000
- Holiday Inn Orlando SW – Celebration Area Kissimmee FL United States going from 25,000 to 40,000
- Holiday Inn Louisville Airport – Fair/Expo Louisville KY United States going from 25,000 to 40,000
The biggest cluster of reductions in the US (if you can call it that, since only about 30 US hotels drop in price) can be found in small town Texas.
New 60,000 point hotels are:
- InterContinental Los Angeles Century City Los Angeles CA United States
- InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. Washington DC United States
- InterContinental Boston Boston MA United States
- InterContinental Sydney Sydney NW Australia
- InterContinental ANA Manza Beach Resort Okinawa Japan
If a hotel you’re interested in is going to cost more points starting mid-January, book it now!
(HT: Rob F.)