After all this talk regarding reward program devaluations in recent weeks, it’s good to finally get some positive news.
International Hotels Group (IHG) appear to be reducing the cost of redemptions at over 100 hotel properties around the world. In all cases a reward night will require 5,000 fewer points than it did previously.
Here is the list that has been revealed so far (via View From The Wing):
- InterContinental Hotel Shanghai-Puxi, China – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
- Crowne Plaza Geneva, Switzerland – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
- Holiday Inn Resort PhuketMai Khao Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand – 20,000 to 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points
- Holiday Inn Ciudad De Mexico- Trade Center, Mexico – 15,000 to 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points
- Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe, Germany – 25,000 to 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points
- Staybridge Suites – San Antonio-Stone Oak, Texas, U.S. – 20,000 to 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points
- Candlewood Suites Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. – 25,000 to 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points
Despite some heavy searching, I haven’t seen this confirmed officially by IHG just yet (it sounds as though the news was emailed directly to a few high-profile bloggers). Of course, I’d also like to see the full list of hotels that are covered by the changes.
According to the reports, the changes will be effective as of 15th April 2014, and IHG have also confirmed that they will not be making any increases to reward night pricing this year – more good news!
IHG is my preferred hotel chain for business travel given the range of hotel brands, geographic spread, regular promotions and generous reward structure. It’s really promising to see that they intend to honour the value of their Rewards Club program, particularly for those that have a large number of points ‘in the bank’.