Yesterday I wrote about IHG Rewards Club adding two casino resorts in Macau. Reward nights there were pricing at 75,000 points per night when:
- The previous highest price for an IHG hotel was 70,000 points per night
- And even that is brand new this year, up from a previous highest price of 60,000
- Despite room rates frequently around $200.
On the one hand a new highest price is always concerning, since it creates a path for other hotels to creep up in price as well. On the other hand these properties aren’t ‘really’ part of IHG, and perhaps the agreement that brought them into the chain just makes them expensive (IHG has to overpay to get these redemption nights, and is charging members accordingly).
In fact IHG has even more expensive prices than that. Reader Jerry points out, “Check different dates like 12/31/2019, they charge 100K per night.”
I don’t actually see reward nights available for New Years Eve at either property, however searching that night does bring up a property list that shows the hotels at 100,000 points per night.
We’ll see how these properties get integrated into the program, perhaps a few days of kinks need to be worked out, but prices of 75,000 and 100,000 points per night are concerning to say the least.