This is an important reminder that the IHG Rewards Club devaluation kicks in from Wednesday.
You only have until Tuesday night to lock in one of the 200 hotels which are increasing in price at the old rate.
Take a look here for the full list.
It contains 400 hotels. 200 will require more points from 17th February, 200 will require fewer.
The bad news is that, unless you plan to spend a lot of time in China, Brazil or India, you won’t be benefitting from the 200 being reduced in price.
Two new pricing bands for InterContinental hotels are being introduced – 55,000 points per night and 60,000 points per night.
The number of properties at the 60,000 point level is relatively small, with just 13 hotels. Unfortunately, they are key properties. Of the 5,000 IHG hotels in the world, I have probably done 20% of my nights in these nine hotels.
The 60,000 point properties are the IC hotels in Paris (x2), London Park Lane, Cannes (pictured above), Hong Kong, Bora Bora (x2), Monterray, San Francisco (x2), Las Vegas (x2) and New York Times Square. You can imagine that The Barclay in New York will also be at 60,000 points when it reopens – annoyingly, whilst already accepting cash bookings, you cannot book a redemption yet.
There are some surprising rises elsewhere. Is the Holiday Inn Camden Lock really worth 40,000 points? Or Kensington Forum, which is badly in need of help and which I paid £29 for in a sale in 2014?! Is a Holiday Inn Express in Southampton, of all places, really worth 35,000 points?
The two main Crowne Plaza hotels in London (Kensington and The City) go up to 50,000 points. The Indigo Earls Court jumps 33% to 40,000 points, correcting what was arguably an anomaly – but it remains 10,000 points cheaper than the other two Indigo hotels.
Holiday Inn Wembley remains at 20,000 points which, compared to the other options in London, makes it a great deal if you are short on points.
You have less than 48 hours to lock in bookings at the old rates. As you can cancel IHG Rewards Club bookings for no penalty, and get all of your points back instantly, there is zero risk in making speculative bookings today over at ihg.com.
IHG Rewards Club update – January 2021:
Get bonus points: IHG is not currently running a global points promotion as of 1st January 2021.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards Club points, you can buy them here. You will get a 75% bonus if you buy 10,000+ IHG Rewards Club points by 25th February.
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.