650+ IHG Hotels Changing Categories! 3 Weeks to Lock-In Current Prices for 2017

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If you collect IHG points, this news could affect you!

Starting January 15, 2017, 650+ IHG hotels will change their award prices.  And ~500 of them will become more expensive, and ~150 will become less expensive.

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I’ll explain these category changes, so you can decide whether to book your hotel now, or wait until after the changes.

IHG Category Changes

Link:   IHG Hotel Category Changes

Beginning January 15, 2017, IHG will change the categories of of 653 IHG hotels.  And they’re mostly negative.

This change will either increase or decrease the hotel award prices between 5,000 and 15,000 IHG points per night.  Some hotels that are increasing in price are:

650 IHG Hotels Changing Categories 3 Weeks To Lock In Current Prices For 2017
Book a Room at the Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City – Hauptbahnhof With a Beautiful View of Nuremberg Castle Before it Increases in Price by 15,000 points!

And in total:

  • 5 IHG hotels in Australia will increase in price
  • 23 IHG hotels in the United Kingdom will increase in price
  • 5 IHG hotels in France will increase in price
  • 7 IHG hotels in Mexico will increase in price

You can book IHG hotels ~11.5 months in advance.  So if you’re planning to stay at a hotel that is going up a category, use your points to lock-in the lower prices before this category change on January 15, 2017!

Even if you aren’t sure you’ll use the nights, it might still be a good idea to book them.  Because you can cancel award nights for free with IHG.

And if you’re planning a stay at a hotel moving down a category, you should wait until after January 15, 2017, to book.  You can also cancel your current reservation and re-book after the category change to get a lower price.

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To earn more IHG points, you can:

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Bottom Line

On January 15, 2017, ~650 IHG hotels will change award prices.  Nearly 500 hotels are going up in price, while the others are decreasing.  All of the changes are between 5,000 and 15,000 IHG points.

That’s why I tell folks to use their miles & points sooner rather than later.  Loyalty programs continue to devalue their rewards, and your points may not be worth as much down the road!

If you’re planning to stay at a hotel that will be increasing its prices, you can book before January 15, 2017, and lock-in the lower price.  Or if you’ve already booked a hotel that’s lowering its price, you can cancel and re-book after January 15, 2017, at the cheaper rate!

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I live about 5 miles away from that DC HIX mentioned that is going up 10K. It is toward the end of NE DC away form the sites, so 30K is not a good deal for tourists since you would have to drive to the sites (very bad idea) or take a bus ride across town (also not fun). Might as well use a few thousand more points and stay in DC proper or at another chain. Choice has a Comfort Inn for 20K. Looks like there is a an actual Holiday Inn in DC proper that is going up to 40K from 35K.


The luster is certainly going off using the IHG group & IHG Card. I will keep the IHG card for the 1 free night a year but beyond that putting the stays on my Sapphire Reserve card seems a better option. Already some of the “awards” had not made a lot of sense. Off hand I can remember some FLA stays that could be had for $120 that wanted 35-40K a night Ex: 20K + $70 for a $115 stay certainly wasn’t a winner. Some of the UK Hotel Indigo’s were just as bad. I think I remember 40K for a $145 dollar stay? I assume the formerly 20K+ $70 will now be 25K +$70? Or will they leave the 20K and jump to $80 or $90 cash added?

Regardless… the IHG Card will stay at home.

I was just getting ready to book a room in Turkey so I’ll wait since I don’t need it until April. Hate to wait.

My basic impression is that if the hotel is an in demand location it’s going up but if it’s some place where tourism is off like Turkey, Russia, etc. then it’s getting cheaper. The down side to this for the customer is that the price is usually depressed for these same reasons. So for my room in Turkey the hotel I’m looking at is going down to 25,000 points but…I can book it for cash at $85. So for $85 with my Spire/Ambassador status and IHG card I would earn about 4,000 points or more and save the 25k for another day. This doesn’t even include any promo’s or needed elite nights, etc.

I cannot get the info Bohemiana wants either. Both links take you to ihg hotel booking

Click on the “change their award prices” link in the first sentence “Starting January 15, 2017, 650+ IHG hotels will change their award prices. And ~500 of them will become more expensive, and ~150 will become less expensive.”. It just took me to the PDF with the changes. It looks like this is the only working link.

The link to the award changes is not working. How can I get a list of the hotels changing and by how much?

Click on the “change their award prices” link, that should work.

Thanks for helping out, Mike! The link is still working on my end. Is anyone else having this problem?