Changes to the IHG Award Chart Coming in Only 7 Days – Book Now Before Prices Increase

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Changes to the IHG Award Chart Coming in Only 7 Days – Book Now Before Prices Increase

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As of January 14, 2019 (in just a mere 7 days!), IHG’s award chart is changing.  And unfortunately, it’s mostly bad news.

Out of the ~5,500 IHG hotels around the world, nearly 700 of them are changing award pricing.  And ~82% of them are getting more expensive.

What this means for you and me is that if you plan on booking an IHG stay anytime soon, you need to see whether it makes sense to book now or hold off until after the changes take place.

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A Night at the Intercontinental Sydney Will Cost 5,000 More IHG Points After These Award Chart Changes Go Into Effect

Upcoming Changes to the IHG Award Chart

On January 14, 2019, IHG’s new award chart will go into effect, and most of the hotels on the list are going up in price.

So, if there are any hotels you want to book that are getting more expensive, you should do so now.  Because if you book future stays before January 14, 2019, you can lock in the lower price.

Most of the hotels increasing in price are going up by 5,000 IHG points per night, but some will see a 10,000 point per night increase – ouch!

For example, the Intercontinental Sydney is going from 60,000 IHG points per night to 65,000 points per night.  That might not seem like a big change, but on a multi-night stay that can have a pretty significant impact on the total points price of your stay.

You’ll find a complete list of the hotels changing prices on January 14, 2019, here.

What’s especially frustrating for me is that IHG didn’t even have the courtesy to let its members know about this upcoming devaluation!  A little more advanced notice would’ve been nice.

If you want to earn IHG points for free hotel stays, consider applying for the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.  It currently comes with an 80,000 IHG point bonus after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  You can check out our full review of the IHG card here, just note, you likely won’t be able to earn the bonus before these award chart changes take place.

You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG at a 1:1 ratio, but I usually recommend against this.  Because there are much better transfer partners that will give you exponentially more value for your points, like United Airlines and Hyatt.

Are there any hotels on the list you plan on booking before these award chart changes go into effect?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Well that is interesting in terms of the Chase Free Night award. It was recently watered down to hotels that cost 35K per night, so with this point inflation does that mean the Free Night award is only good for hotels that used to be 30K or less? Great.

Was looking for a hotel in Chicago . Any ideas for one in the Downtown area? Ihg or not…

My question is, can you book it and then cancel it without any penalty if somehow you couldn’t make it? I think IHG allows you to do that with the rewards points but Hilton doesn’t. Am I right? Any other precautions needed to be considered?