Now We Know Which IHG Hotels Will Cost More (or Fewer) Points Starting May 1, 2015!

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Now We Know Which IHG Hotels Will Cost More (or Fewer) Points Starting May 1, 2015!

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I wrote that IHG is making changes to their award program, including ~450 hotels that would cost more or fewer points starting May 1, 2015.

But IHG had NOT said which hotels those would be – until today!

There are ~300 hotels that will increase the number of points required for an award night.  And ~150 that will require fewer points!

The good news is, ~90% of IHG hotels aren’t changing at all.

Now We Know Which IHG Hotels Will Cost More Or Fewer Points Starting May 1, 2015
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IHG will release the official list a few days before the changes take effect.  But here’s a sneak peek!

 ~300 Hotels Will Cost MORE Points

Link:   IHG Hotels

Starting May 1, 2015~300 IHG hotels will require 5,000 or 10,000 more IHG points per night.   But as long as you book before then, you’ll pay the old rate (regardless of your stay date).

These include:

Holiday Inn London – Wembleyincreases to 20,000 IHG points from 10,000 IHG points per night

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Lake Buena Vista – increases to 35,000 IHG points from 25,000 IHG points per night

Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam – increases to 50,000 IHG points from 40,000 IHG points per night

Intercontinental Hong Kong – increases to 50,000 IHG points from 45,000 IHG points per night

Intercontinental Presidente Cancun Resort – increases to 30,000 IHG points from 25,000 IHG points per night

Now We Know Which IHG Hotels Will Cost More Or Fewer Points Starting May 1, 2015
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I know some folks won’t be happy about paying up to 10,000 points per night more for these hotels!  But there’s a bit of good news…

~150 Hotels Will Cost Fewer Points

The list of hotels that will cost fewer points after May 1, 2015, is more sparse.  If you’re planning to book these hotels, it’s best to wait until after the changes take place to lock in the lower rate.

And if you already have a reservation, you could cancel and re-book after May 1, 2015 (but only if there are award rooms available!).

Here are some highlights:

Holiday Inn Express Bali Raya Kuta – decreases to 15,000 IHG points from 20,000 IHG points per night

Holiday Inn Express Boston – North Woburn – decreases to 15,000 IHG points from 20,000 IHG points per night

Holiday Inn Express Cabo San Lucas – decreases to 15,000 IHG points from 20,000 IHG points per night

Holiday Inn Express Geneva Finger Lakes – decreases to 15,000 IHG points from 20,000 IHG points per night

Holiday Inn Resort Beijing Yanqing – decreases to 15,000 IHG points from 20,000 IHG points per night

Now We Know Which IHG Hotels Will Cost More Or Fewer Points Starting May 1, 2015
The Holiday Inn Express in Bali Will Cost 5,000 Fewer Points per Night

Note:  Most of the hotels requiring fewer points are in smaller cities and towns.

Bottom Line

IHG is changing its award program, and now we know that ~300 hotels will require more IHG points for award nights after May 1, 2015.  And ~150 hotels will require fewer points (but most of these are in less-popular locations!).

The full list of hotels that are changing will be published a few days before May 1, 2015.  If a hotel you’re interested in is increasing in points, be sure to book your award nights before then!

The good news is, ~90% of IHG hotels aren’t changing at all.

What do you think of the IHG award program changes?

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Here’s a map I created that shows where each hotel that is changing is located

http://www.pointswithacrew.com/ihg-category-changes-analysis-and-a-map/

No surprise, but the premium hotels are the ones that are going up – of the 26 premium hotels changing category, all but 3 are going up.

Lots of 2 category jumps as well :-(. And the hotels going down are almost all low-end: from Category 3 to 2 and Category 2 to 1.

oops, that’s Carlson, not IHG

I have a weird situation where I’m trying to book the Budapest Blu and on May 8 and 9 it shows 15,000 points but on days after it shows 22,500.

Been contemplating getting this card, is this still good deal based on the changes??

My husband Michael is my companion pass and we would love to go on a trip for our anniversary.

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