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I wrote at the beginning of January about how IHG’s yearly adjustment of the number of points needed to redeem a free night at close to 700 of their hotels would take effect on January 14th. Not that anyone would know because IHG doesn’t announce these changes any more than publishing the list of hotels changing in value to the Priority Club website.
The IHG Hotel chain has been all over the chart with their hotel promotions over the last few years. Their recent promotions have been duds, like the just finished Double Points Plus More or the Easy Like Summer promotion before it. it looks like IHG is going back to the well and bringing back the popular Accelerate promo but giving it a new name, Free Nights. Faster. Or maybe it’s called Reward Nights Faster because that’s the name of the promotion on the email after I registered.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the old Accelerate promos because of how they worked. It just seems that now IHG has managed to suck all of the fun out of them and I’m not impressed.
For the past several years, IHG has made changes to the number of points needed to redeem a free night at their hotels just after the beginning of the new year. While they do publish the list on the IHG Rewards Club website, they don’t make an announcement to members about when the changes will take effect. Thanks to those people who scour the internet to find out this information, we now know the changes (mostly increases) will take effect on January 14, 2019.
It’s important to remember that as long as you make your reservation before that date, you can book rooms at the current rate so this would be a good time to lock in those reservations if the hotel you are looking at is going up in price. There’s not much downside to booking even if you’re not sure about the trip, since you usually can cancel points bookings at IHG hotels with no penalty, but you should always look at the cancellation policy before making any booking (points or cash).
Here’s the breakdown of the changes:
Every three months, IHG releases a list of PointBreaks hotels that are available for the next three months to book with points at reduced rates. Originally, all the hotels on the list were available for 5,000 points a night, which was a great deal. Starting in 2018, the program was changed to include hotels available at either 5,000, 10,000 or 15,000 points a night.
I still look at the list when it’s released every three months, but I’m kinda over it. While there are people who still get huge value from booking at hotels on the list, I’m just not one of those people. Your Mileage May Vary.
Here’s the reasons why I’m breaking up with the IHG PointBreaks list: