IHG 2018 Category Changes And Devaluation Coming On 1/16

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Update: Today is the last day to book hotels before the devaluation.


Originally posted on 1/1/18:

This link containing IHG’s 2018 category changes has leaked before the official announcement.

Lots of hotels are getting more expensive and a smaller number will become less expensive. But the worst news is that the top rate will go up from 60K to 70K points per night.

You can book hotel stays for the next year at the old rates until Monday, 1/15. Most hotels will allow you to cancel for free until a couple of days before the stay, so it can be worth reserving stays if you think you might be able to make them work. The new rates go into effect on 1/16.

In Israel, the InterContinental David Tel Aviv will go up from 40K to 50K while the Crowne Plaza Eilat will go down from 25K to 20K points per night.

You can still book all of the hotels at the old rate. It’s not yet known when these rates will go into effect, so you’ll want to take advantage of the lower rates before they go up.

You can still get an annual free night at any IHG hotel, get 10% of redeemed points back, and get Platinum elite status with the Chase IHG card, which is free for the first year and then $49 annually. You can view credit card offers by hovering over the “Credit Cards” tab. You can click on “Top Credit Card Offers“ and then hover over “Card Type” to find card offers from the bank you’re looking for.

Sample hotels becoming more expensive:

  • Holiday Inn Chiang Mai, Thailand, was 10K, now 20K.
  • Holiday Inn & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest, was 20K, now 30K.
  • InterContinental Cleveland, was 25K, now 30K.
  • InterContinental Marine Drive-Mumbai, was 25K, now 30K.
  • InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort, was 30K, now 35K.
  • Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, was 30K, now 35K.
  • Crowne Plaza Milan, was 30K, now 40K.
  • Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney, was 30K, now 40K.
  • Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All Inclusive, was 35K, now 40K.
  • Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino, was 35K, now 40K.
  • Crowne Plaza Barcelona, was 35K, now 40K.
  • Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown, was 35K, now 40K.
  • InterContinental Bangkok, was 35K, now 40K.
  • Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, was 40K, now 45K.
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown, New Zealand, was 40K, now 50K.
  • InterContinental David Tel Aviv, was 40K, now 50K.
  • InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa, was 40K, now 50K.
  • Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive, was 40K, now 50K.
  • InterContinental Resort Tahiti, was 40K, now 50K.
  • InterContinental Resort And Spa Moorea, was 40K, now 50K.
  • Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, was 45K, now 50K.
  • Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera, was 45K, now 55K.
  • InterContinental Bordeaux, was 45K, now 55K.
  • InterContinental – ANA The Strings Tokyo, was 50K, now 55K.
  • Crowne Plaza South Beach – Z Ocean Hotel, was 50K, now 60K.
  • InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, was 50K, now 60K.
  • InterContinental Osaka, was 50K, now 60K.
  • InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, was 50K, now 60K.
  • InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, was 50K, now 60K.
  • InterContinental Hong Kong, was 60K, now 70K.
  • InterContinental Paris – Le Grand, was 60K, now 70K.
  • InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora, was 60K, now 70K.
  • InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa, was 60K, now 70K.
  • InterContinental London Park Lane, was 60K, now 70K.
  • InterContinental San Francisco, was 60K, now 70K.
  • InterContinental The Willard Washington DC, was 60K, now 70K.
  • InterContinental New York Times Square, was 60K, now 70K.

Sample hotels becoming less expensive:

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando At Seaworld, was 20K, now 15K.
  • InterContinental Medellin, Colombia, was 25K, now 20K.
  • Crowne Plaza Eilat, was 25K, now 20K.
  • Holiday Inn Vilnius, was 25K, now 20K.
  • Crowne Plaza Tainan, was 30K, now 25K.
  • Crowne Plaza Vientiane, Laos, was 30K, now 25K.

Where will you be booking before the rates go up? Hit the comments!

HT: as2, via DDF and FT

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16 Comments On "IHG 2018 Category Changes And Devaluation Coming On 1/16"

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Vicky

Well, I am up, but if I needed to get up early for work , this alert at 12:51 am would be upsetting. I know I can shut off midnight alerts, but I was not aware that you tweet after midnight.
I guess if I was traveling, I would not mind being woken up to a great deal

Thanks for the entertainment

There’s always that one guy who has to complain…

Complainer

Unsubscribe or get someone who is more tech savvy than u to silent ur phone when u don’t want it to make noise

SHAY PELEG

I am happy he twitted

Sava

There is a DND mode on some phones that would stop all ding-dongs, chirps, bells, and what-not from waking you up during the night but still make your alarm go off.

AK770

My phone hasn’t made a noise in 5 years, lol.

CZ60

Bora Bora quickly went from 50 to 70k in less than 2 years!! Upsetting to say the least. Not like there’s ever availability but still. Morale is at an all time low with ihg :/

Sophia

the cap now is 70k, huge devaluation

Ephraim

I’m glad I booked the Intercontinental in HK for this weekend. Bought the points when they were offering a 100% bonus. This is the second devaluation in as many years. In high season 70K points a night is still a good deal and the free upgrade with my Platinum Ambassador status helps. But it was definitely a better deal at 50K points.

Emkay

My ihg points are expiring on the 18th. Any easy way to keep it from expiring?

Bluestrings

@Dan any idea on what date the rates will change? I just booked the Holday Inn Chaiag Mai for five nights so that i’ll still get the redemption for 10,000 per night. the reason i want to know when the devaluation starts, is so that i can book the crown plaza eilat for 20,000 instead of 25,000.

Stephanie

Hey dan, if they show unavailable dates for August in Israel do You think there is a way to get those nights? Is there a chance if I call they could book it?

Morris

From personal experience they cannot, even if you try to exercise the 72-hour Platinum/Spire room guarantee. They may have a 2-3 night minimum, so try searching for multiple nights and see if it shows.

Marland

Dan, would you recommend to save points and use an annual free Chase night now, or better save it (it expires 12/18) and use points? This is in regards to Intercontinental Park Lane in London.

Glenn

some of these hotels have very high vacancy rates – why raise points requirements?

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