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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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  • Roger says:

    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

    • Matt says:

      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.

      • Rob says:

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

        • Roger says:

          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.

  • Roger says:

    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)

    • AndyW says:

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

  • 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?

    • Polly says:

      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?

  • xcalx says:

    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.

  • 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.

  • Kiran says:

    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?

  • Alex Sm says:

    Just checked random dates for IHG properties in Moscow and cash rates are cheaper or just about the same as the tax element of reward rates (on TOP of points you pay!).
    Is this a by-product of devaluation or what? Have you seen the same for other markets?

  • Lost says:

    OT – my Miles & More card has now finally arrived. I generally use a Lloyds Avios Amex/MasterCard for all purchases, but how does the DC card rate compare for points earning if i don’t have a particular preference for Avios or M&M miles, ie which should I use by default for sterling transactions?

    • Rob says:

      Once your Lloyds Avios card is replaced with the 0.4 Avios per £1 Mastercard the M&M card is clearly superior. However, that is only on paper. You really need a clear vision for your M&M miles. Unless you are very flexible and can book in their monthly mileage sales, the cheapest decent redemption is probably 35,000 miles for UK to Middle East in Business Class. There is no value in short haul flights with them.

      • Lost says:

        Thanks Rob. I’ve still not had any notification from Lloyds re the changes to their cards but i guess it will eventually happen. I should have 45000 M&M miles by the time the signup bonus arrives (do we know when they arrive?), not that I’ve been chasing them as I’ve just done quite a few *A flights in the last few years.

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