IHG Rewards Category Changes 2016

IHG Rewards have published their tables outlining changes to Reward Categories for a number of hotels across the network. The category changes will around 400 hotels, with the changes taking effect from 17 February, 2016. In Australia, three hotels are affected, with the Intercontinentals in Sydney and Melbourne both requiring additional points, while the Holiday Inn on Towsville will require fewer points.

New Levels

The new Rewards table has introduced two new point levels. Previously tthe maximum number of points required for a Reward Night was 50,000 points. Under the new tables, there are two new levels – one at 55,000 points and one at 60,000 points.

These two new levels genrally affect a number of Intercontinental properties. For exmaple, the Intercontientals in Sydney and Melbourne are taking the jump up to the 55,000 points level.

Some of the Intercontinentals moving to the new 60,000 points level are:

  • InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora
  • InterContinental Bora Bora Bora Resort Thalasso & Spa
  • InterContinental Hong Kong

Across the network, 5 hotels are moving to the 55,000 points level, and 13 to the 60,000 points level.

Points Changes

In addition to the hotels moving onto new point levels, close to 400 hotels are changing their points requirements within the existing levels. The Holiday Inn Townsville is one of those hotels, and will be reducing from 25,000 points to 20,000 points.

Unlike last years changes, where the number of hotels increasing in levels outnumbered those decreasing, this years tables see an even split between the two. Hotels in China are generally seeing reductions in points requirements.

You can view the full table in the IHG Rewards website.

Note that any reservation made before 17 February will be at the existing rates. Obviously it is best if you can book rooms that are going up before then. If you can hold off on booking those that are decreasing, you wuold be wise to do that.

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