Here is your final reminder that IHG Rewards Club is changing the cost of 650 hotel redemptions from tomorrow, 15th January.
You won’t be surprised to hear that 75% of the changes are price increases. (Hat-tip to View From The Wing who counted them all up!) This should be expected with hotel loyalty schemes because the number of points you earn per stay is linked to the price paid. Redemption prices should increase each year in line with inflation in the price of hotel rooms, although in reality the increase always seems to be higher.
2/3rd of the changes are in the US. At the luxury end, the following InterContinental hotels are going up to 60,000 points per night:
- InterContinental Los Angeles Century City
- InterContinental The Willard Washington DC
- InterContinental Boston (which I reviewed here and which is very pleasant indeed)
33 hotels in the UK are changing price. 11 hotels are getting cheaper, 22 are getting more expensive.
Here are a few highlights:
Staybridge Suites Vauxhall and Stratford City rise 5,000 points to 40,000 points
Holiday Inn London Gatwick-Worth is the biggest riser, doubling from 10,000 to 20,000 points
Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport goes up 50% to 30,000 points
FOUR hotels in Aberdeen fall in price as the hotel market collapses
Holiday Inn Wembley (reviewed here) goes up to 25,000 points – for years this was the best bargain in London at just 10,000 points per night and then it doubled to 20,000 points. It has now increased again.
You can book at the old prices until tonight, irrespective of when you plan to stay. You should also check the list to see if any hotels you have already booked are coming down in price so you can make a note to cancel and rebook tomorrow.
Remember that you can cancel IHG redemptions for without penalty and the points come back instantly so there is nothing to lose by making speculative redemptions if there is a chance you will save a few thousand points.
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