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.
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:
What’s EarlyBird Check-In and who cares if Southwest Airlines is increasing the price of this service? We do, since it’s a service we often purchase and here’s why. Southwest Airlines boarding process is different from all other US airlines. They employ an open seating system where you can choose any seat when you board. All the seats are considered the same so if you want a window, aisle, exit row, bulkhead or even the back row of the plane, if it’s empty, you can sit there. This, of course, makes the order you board the plane very important – the earlier you board, the better your chances of getting the seat(s) you want. Southwest’s check in process begins at exactly 24 hours before your plane is due to depart and your boarding place is determined by when you check in. Unless you have EarlyBird, which is SouthWest’s “go towards the head of the line” pass. Here’s why Early-Bird is so valuable.