Posted by William Charles on January 24, 2019
Hotel Booking

Published on January 24th, 2019 | by William Charles

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IHG 2019 Award Changes: 570 Properties Increasing, 126 Decreasing – Live January 25th

Update 1/24/2019: Prices change tomorrow, if there is a property that you’re interested in that is increasing in price remember to book it today to avoid that price rise.

Once a year IHG announces what properties will be changing award category. The full list of properties changing award category can be found here. Last year they also added a new category costing 70,000 points, this year there will be no new maximum category added thankfully.

Some statistics:

  • 696 properties in total will be changing their award category
    • 570 properties are increasing in price
    • 126 properties decreasing in price
  • 38 properties no longer eligible for the 40,000 point free night. 1 property now eligible for 40,000 point free night.
  • No new properties will cost 70,000 points
  • Average property price increases from 24,000 points to 27,180 points
  • Last year 691 properties changed award category

The average hotel pricing going up by 3,180 is significant, although the ‘real’ affects could be worse if highly valued award properties were targeted for increases.

Hat tip to lionheart on Flyertalk via OMaaT



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Abey

The link for the full list has an error.

Abey

Link works now. Thanks.

Joe
Joe

Link doesn’t seem to be working

igor
igor

Link is broken.

Joe
Joe

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that you could get some value out of IHG. My how the times have changed.

Loren
Loren

Agreed. I will be cancelling my Chase IHG card. 20k to 30k for a low tier hotel is ridicules. They do this every year. Locations one wants to stay at increase, while remote locations most reward members will never stay at decrease.

Each of the ~30 Hotels in Mexico on the list went down in points.

P
P

Holiday inn express Waikiki is going up to 40k? Wow.

toddo
toddo

Been there. save your money and avoid this sardine can.

Pam
Pam

If we book now but stay after the change is in effect, will we be charged a new price or the old one?

BaconSF
BaconSF

Making me think twice about my loyalty to ihg

SharonG
SharonG

Kind of amusing to see that the Holiday Inn Munich – City East and Holiday Inn Express Munich – City East are each going UP & DOWN (20,000 to 25,000 AND 20,000 to 15,000)! Oops…

escot
escot

Thanks for posting — the bad news — such as it is. The hits just keep coming from the Manila gang. Let’s call it what it is, an average stealth 13% devaluation of the entire program — or worse. (when you factor in that a fifth of the properties going down in points are in Mexico) This “matches” so “nicely (not) the steady devaluation of the awards side of the program, “descending” from “into the chaos” to the recent ever so un-generous “Free Nights (not) Faster,” and of course, the gutting of the credit card, with a major hit to the “free night” program on top of increased fees for lesser value.

T’was a time when IHG was our beloved first hotel “loyalty” program of choice, back when Drew M. at TIF would show us so many magical ways to stack and dice. But Drew has all but left the building, no doubt seeing what was coming.

IHG — so yesterday.

IHG Watcher
IHG Watcher

I knew that I shouldn’t have doubled down on IHG by getting two more Chase IHG cards in our two player mode.

Over the last two years, the devaluations have remove 5 of the 7 award hotels that we would use with the free nights.

tolikfox
tolikfox

these devaluations truly sucks, i love ihg. great portfolio of hotels, their booking system is the best out of all hotel chains, convenient and easy to use. just too bad that its not a good value anymore.

PK
PK

I am current IHG card holder and trying to use 4th night benefit. I am planning to stay 8 nights in 2 seperate reservations but it does not show 4th night free on 2nd reservation. Is there any work around to get 2 night free on 8 days stay ?

Jace
Jace

you’d need a buffer day in between.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Really? There’s no way to do a 4 day reservation followed by a 2nd 4 day without a buffer day?

Darv
Darv

Do you have a player 2? If so she/he could make the second one.

Aleks
Aleks

Not a pleasant news for a new year of travel. But I notice that in general hotel prices all over the world has been steadily increasing for last 5-7 years, in some cases very dramatically. So this is the ongoing trend probably because of tourism increase – so is the demand. The big negative is that IHG increase is much higher than the inflation, and the value of the IHG points will decrease 15-25% this year alone. Loyalty is gonna drop fast – just look what happen with Marriott/SPG last 2 years – they are gonna be hurting for the next 5 years minimum.

Mehertz
Mehertz

You have to think that the online marketplace hospitality industry is partly to blame for the increase in prices as well.

JR
JR

Do you have a link for the changes to the Free Nights you mention? “38 no longer eligible” and sounds like 1 new one. Thank you

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