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The IHG Rewards Club devaluation seems to be delayed

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I dropped this article in on Sunday rather than Monday to save readers from any unnecessary booking panic on Sunday night.

IHG Rewards Club was due to change the reward pricing of almost 700 hotels on Monday.  80% of the changes are increases.

IHG Rewards Club 2019 devaluation category changes

The good news is that only about 15% of IHG’s hotels are impacted, and so only about 12% are going up.  The 70,000 point cap remains, and no additional hotels are moving into the 70,000 point category.

The implementation date now seems to be 25th January.  The date on the list of impacted properties has changed and no longer says 14th January.

Examples of hotels changing category can be found in my original article here – the Holiday Inn Express in Wigan, pictured below, is dropping by 5,000 points.

IHG One Rewards update – April 2024:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering 2,000 bonus points for every two cash nights you stay (not necessarily consecutive) between 1st April and 31st May 2024. You can read our full article here and you can register here.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

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Comments (85)

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  • Jill (Kinkell) says:

    Just did a few bookings for our Sept. road trip 4 places on our route are going up, so pleased to have booked. Thanks for heads up.

  • Qwerty Bertie says:

    OT: Would be grateful to hear of past experiences please. My wife has just transferred some SPG points to BA – her/our first such transfer – and the email says “allow approximately six weeks”.

    How long did your first such transfer take please, if you recall?

    • The Urbanite says:

      I’ve transferred from SPG to Krisflyer and BAEC. In both cases, the points posted on the same day that the points from Amex dropped into the SPG account.

  • Simon says:

    Rob, you’ve got the Garuda flight going from both Heathrow (in the body text) and Gatwick (in the sub head)? Or is it switching airport here too?

    • Rob says:

      Sorry, article was wrong and I fixed it, but missed the sub-heading. Fixed.

  • Andy says:

    OT: Anyone have recommendations for holiday destinations for a 60 something mum in Asia to tag alongside the ARN to SIN Qatar fare? She has seen Hong Kong and Singapore before…loved them…but she was thinking of a different place to see too. I’m thinking Bangkok might be too spread out for her with not as much to see as Singapore or Hong Kong?

    • BJ says:

      I found myself sitting next an 80 year old Australian woman on a MAS flight to London. She had been in Bangkok for a week sidetrip en route to visiting family in Europe. She loved every minute and was sorry to leave. Such a star, made me think getting old need not be so bad after all. I would argue Bangkok has more to see and do than HK and Singapore combined, certainly so if she is prepared to do day tours.If she enjoys shopping Bangkok cannot be beat. And another plus is that taxi travel is cheap, comfortable and practical.

      • Jon says:

        As with many places around the world, if going Bangkok (which I deffo recommend), make sure that before your mum gets into the taxi, that they will be using the meter. So many taxis didn’t want to use it, or said it had mysteriously broken. The taxi associations should probably tender for a different meter model, if that were really the case 😉

        • BJ says:

          The when and where they want to use the meter is poorly understood by most customers. If you just want to make a short hop near one of the CBD and/or in rush hour the taxi drivers are reluctant to use the meter as they can lose out big time. This is especially true of late where their ability to pick up and drop off at malls etc has become more restricted. In these scenarios I have not found the fares quoted ludicrous but you can always negotiate it down or try another taxi. Nevrr underdtood the reluctance to pay 100 for a taci ride that they would pay 150-200 on a tuktuk. From the centre they will also often try their luck with no meter to the airport but if pressed they will accept meter if they really want the custom. Last time I went from Nana to the airport first taxi wanted 600B? waved her on, taxi immediately behind asked 500, shook my head. Next taxi pulled up and probably having seen me decline two, suggested 400 which I’m happy to pay.

        • Simon says:

          The taxi fare thing really annoys me about BKK – more should be done to iron out the flagrantly unfair practices.

          Got ripped off the first time I got there although I didn’t realise what the prices should have been.

          If you are taking a taxi from the airport, do not give over the receipt to the driver that they give you. If the driver asks for it there is a very good chance by the end of the journey he will ask for a stupid amount of money…. if you’re going into a decent hotel just tell the concierge what has happened before coughing up.

        • Genghis says:

          Only time a taxi driver has tried it on with me was going from the high speed station to the Bund in Shanghai. The driver refused to pull into the WA grounds but pulled up around the corner. He wanted nearly £45. I just laughed in his face and he then got his boss on the phone who said that was the price. I told the driver then to open the boot and my wife got our cases out. I was ready to head lock the driver. Once outside with our cases, I then said that we’ll go to the hotel to sort it out but he then started crying. I gave him about £3 for his trouble and walked off into the hotel. The price for the journey I was told should have been £8-10…

    • Chris says:

      If she is active Borobodur in Indonesia or Ankor in Cambodia are don’t miss in your lifetime wonders of asia; you can fly direct-ish (whats a couple of hours in a car) to both from Singapore.

      If it’s to see the city sights primarily; Hoi An is flat and beautiful and far more compact than BKK; and has beaches near by if you want a rest. If your budget stretched to it (or you can get on points) the IC in Danang is spectacular and a good base to see Hoi an and a number of other landmarkplaces. Though there are lots of hotels in the city; possibly including a crown plaza.

      KL is pretty spectacular has some colonial places left (and a nice train station); but its Singapore on a lower budget/ quality standard. The big cities in Vietnam are a bit like Bangkok only more manic. Vientiane in Laos is old asia if that is something you want; has the Temples but isnt quite as manic as Bangkok.

      My top recommendation would be to Hoi An as its quaint and historic and flat ( );
      Borobodur would come second (

    • Lady London says:

      Vietnam seems to be very popular these days. Apparently Laos and Cambodia also beautiful, also with nice food.

    • Andy says:

      Thanks for the ideas everyone! She is quite active but she doesn’t like walking a lot. I will be there with her too but she likes everything to be walkable rather than needing transport to get around which is probably what appealed to her about HK and Singapore. I hadn’t thought about Vietnam though…I did suggest maybe see a few other places in Asia around the SIngapore area but she said she would prefer just to travel to one other city / area…lots of thinking/planning haha

      Very impressed that the 80 something Australian lady got around BKK so well!

      • Alex Sm says:

        Why not Bali then? Or even Jakarta – if she doesn’t mind dynamic urban places.
        Malacca/Melaka in Malaysia is great and so is Pinang – they have a great HI Resort there where may partner and I stayed in 2017 and many other hotels

  • Matt says:

    10k Virgin Atlantic Miles for life insurance have posted for me.

    • Wally1976 says:

      I’m pretty sure my miles balance has increased by 10,000 (which I presume is from the life insurance) but there’s nothing showing in my activity list!?

  • Kelly Temple says:

    I am really interested in the Bali direct flight from the U.K. however having just searched early Feb on the days you suggest I am unable to locate the flight. Do you know specific dates when this change comes into play and when it will be available on their website to book.

    • Rob says:

      It may have slipped – I saw it for 12th Feb onwards yesterday, not sure how far back it goes. I was told 31st January.

  • Daftboy says:

    Just a datapoint on Groupon – I purchased and redeemed in the last batch on 3rd Jan and they appeared in my account on 9th Jan

  • Nigel Williams says:

    OT as Bits:

    I have the Plat “200 off 600” Amex Travel offer, and am looking to us it for a flight / Car rental booking for DFW or HOU. Flight alone should be easy, but can I amend the rental booking later without penalty (as AT dont offer the rental category with Hertz that I like to use).

    Also, are Amex Travel restricted to certain airlines?

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