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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.

The list of hotels changing category can be found here.  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.

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  1. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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 😉

        • 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.

        • 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…

    • 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.

    • 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!

      • 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

  2. 10k Virgin Atlantic Miles for life insurance have posted for me.

  3. 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.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. OT-Any idea when is BA Blue card sign up bonus going to increase from current 5000 Avios to 9000 Avios.

    Only interested to refer from Amex Platinum, hence wouldn’t be able to spend on two off BAPPs in a short time

    • Hi Roger I’m sure the 5k sign up bonus is the enhanced level (standard is 3k). I’ve never known it to go to 9k? Although if you’re referring, the other person will receive 6k currently.

      • Pretty sure there has been 9k in the past but not – untargeted – for years.

        • I do remember my very first BA Blue (may be back in 2012/2013) was 9000 Avios.

        • Charlieface says:

          Maybe a year and half ago it was 9k, possibly two years. Don’t think it was more than that. It used to vary between 9k and 3k, but recently only 5k or 3k. They may push it up again but it’s starting to look more and more unlikely.

  7. On a similar referral scenario, when referred from Amex platinum the card sign up bonus is not enhanced.
    My nectar and SPG have retained as if applied directly without 1000 point uplift (2000 Nectar points as opposed to 21000 for a referral)

    • Don’t agree. Have the points actually posted or are you just seeing the counters? Counters never show the uplifted amount in my experience.

  8. BSI1978 says:

    OT – thought I was being clever with a QA flight I booked last week to Chennai via Doha. I have an 18 hour stopover outbound but had planned to have a swift mooch round the city but it just occurred to me that QA may check my luggage through to Chennai.

    Is this likely or is an 18 hour connection to long a time for them to retain my luggage? If the former, does anyone know if there will be any restrictions on me going landside with my hand luggage?

    • You are fine. They will keep the luggage, and ok with hand luggage. Keep out essentials tho! Visa free on arrival too. Have they given you a hotel coupon in that free hotel campaign they had going?

  9. OT erewards

    Anyone else getting Zero points offered for partial surveys. Thought it was a mistake, quickly failed 4 and zero points posted. Shame was a quick way for a quick 25 -50 points for each one.

    • I would definitely recommend using another survey website instead. Almost guaranteed IHG Rewards points STRAIGHT AWAY, without any intermediary websites and need to wait for 2000+ points to claim. Rewards go straight to your account after each survey. Got another 30 in 10 mins yesterday:

  10. BlueHorizonUK says:

    OT – Uber is adding a 15p per mile clean air charge from Jan 16

    • TGLoyalty says:

      London only?

    • Lady London says:

      Sounds like a deal with the London Mayor to make themselves look good and get reinstated? Also Mayor, of course, looks good…. lots of spin opportunities on this one! And the customers just pay more… Win… win… er…. nope. not a win for customers.

  11. OT – Lloyds Avios Rewards cards. Still haven’t had notice of the account closing/terms changing. I got a new AmEx card (with 2022 expiry date) through the post the other week but no sign of a new Mastercard yet. My current one expires at the end of the month and I’m relying on it turning up to get in one final upgrade voucher before the card closes – has anyone had a replacement Mastercard turn up a long time after the AmEx?

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