91 IHG Redemptions to Book Before January 16

Jan 14, 2018

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At the start of the year, we found out that IHG is changing categories at 691 hotels worldwide. Award nights at 184 hotels are jumping by 10,000 points per night, with another 315 hotel award rates going up by 5,000 points per night. There’s one bit of good news as 192 hotels are dropping by 5,000 points per night.

While it was unclear at the time of the announcement when these changes would go into effect, we now know that the new award rates will be live this Tuesday, January 16. But, with all of the changes, it’s hard to know which properties to consider booking before that date. Here’s a short list:

Hotels where the cost of award nights are doubling (2)

Thankfully there aren’t many hotels where the award rates will be twice as high, but here are two you might want to consider:

Property Country City 2017 Category (points/night) 2018 Category (points/night)
Holiday Inn ChiangMai Thailand Chiang Mai 10,000 20,000
Candlewood Suites St. Joseph United States St. Joseph, MO 10,000 20,000

Hotels jumping from Category 2 to Category 4 (34)

Of the 184 hotels jumping by 10,000 points per night, 34 of those hotels are increasing from 15,000 points (Category 2) to 25,000 points per night (Category 4). 27 of these are in the US, with others in Canada, Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom:

Property Country City 2017 Category (points/night) 2018 Category (points/night)
Holiday Inn Express Adrian United States Adrian, MI 15,000 25,000
Staybridge Suites Alpharetta-North Point United States Alpharetta, GA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ashland United States Ashland, OR 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport United Kingdom Cardiff 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chattanooga (East Ridge) United States Chattanooga, TN 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Clute – Lake Jackson United States Clute, TX 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Deer Park United States Deer Park, TX 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Durant United States Durant, OK 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites East Lansing United States East Lansing, MI 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – Schiphol Netherlands (Holland) Hoofddorp 15,000 25,000
Candlewood Suites Idaho Falls United States Idaho Falls, ID 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Killarney Ireland Killarney 15,000 25,000
Candlewood Suites Lakewood United States Lakewood, WA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Lodi United States Lodi, CA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Meadville (I-79 Exit 147a) United States Meadville, PA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Mystic United States Mystic, CT 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth North – Northlake United States Northlake, TX 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ontario United States Ontario, OR 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Birmingham South – Pelham United States Pelham, AL 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Phoenix-West United States Phoenix, AZ 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis Airport United States Plainfield, IN 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portland-Jantzen Beach United States Portland, OR 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Ramsgate – Minster United Kingdom Ramsgate 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Resort The Lodge at Eagle Crest United States Redmond, OR 15,000 25,000
Candlewood Suites San Diego United States San Diego, CA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express San Jose Costa Rica Airport Costa Rica San Jose 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sanford United States Sanford, NC 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn St. Louis-South County Center United States St. Louis, MO 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Sydney – Waterfront Canada Sydney, NS 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Toulon – Sainte-Musse France Toulon 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tracy United States Tracy, CA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express Wenatchee United States Wenatchee, WA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Express West Sacramento – Capitol Area United States West Sacramento, CA 15,000 25,000
Holiday Inn Yakima United States Yakima, WA 15,000 25,000

Hotels jumping from Category 3 to Category 5 (36)

Continuing with the list of hotels increasing by 10,000 per night are the 36 properties where the rates are jumping by 50% from 20,000/night to 30,000/night:

Property Country City 2017 Category (points/night) 2018 Category (points/night)
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – South Netherlands (Holland) Amsterdam 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Augusta West – Ft Gordon Area United States Augusta, GA 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Augusta Downtown United States Augusta, GA 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island United States Avalon, CA 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Franklin – Cool Springs United States Brentwood, TN 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Bristol – Filton United Kingdom Bristol 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Cannes France Cannes 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn & Suites Chattanooga Downtown United States Chattanooga, TN 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Detroit Downtown United States Detroit, MI 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Detroit Lakes – Lakefront United States Detroit Lakes, MN 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Duluth North – Miller Hill United States Duluth, MN 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Durham – (UNH) United States Durham, NH 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Dusseldorf City Toulouser All. Germany Dusseldorf 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Elk Grove Ctrl – Sacramento S United States Elk Grove, CA 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Gatlinburg Downtown United States Gatlinburg, TN 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Grants Pass United States Grants Pass, OR 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Indianapolis W – Airport Area United States Indianapolis, IN 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Hull Marina United Kingdom Kingston Upon Hull 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Portland South – Lake Oswego United States Lake Oswego, OR 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Inverness-Lecanto United States Lecanto, FL 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East – White Mountains United States Lincoln, NH 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport United States Long Beach, CA 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West United States Madison, WI 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest Canada Montreal, QC 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Montreal Airport Canada Montreal, QC 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Juliet-Nashville Area United States Mount Juliet, TN 20,000 30,000
Crowne Plaza Orlando-Downtown United States Orlando, FL 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Page – Lake Powell Area United States Page, AZ 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park City United States Park City, UT 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Reno Airport United States Reno, NV 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Savannah S I95 – Richmond Hill United States Richmond Hill, GA 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Roslyn – Manhasset Area United States Roslyn, NY 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam – Central Station Netherlands (Holland) Rotterdam 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown United States Salt Lake City, UT 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Salzburg City Austria Salzburg 20,000 30,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Terre Haute United States Terre Haute, IN 20,000 30,000

Low Category InterContinental Hotels (6)

There are six InterContinental hotels currently listed at Category 6 or below that are increasing by one category level on January 16. While these aren’t drastic changes, here are some options at IHG’s fanciest hotels that you might want to book now:

Property Country City 2017 Category (points/night) 2018 Category (points/night)
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront United States St. Paul, MN 20,000 25,000
InterContinental Cleveland United States Cleveland, OH 25,000 30,000
InterContinental Marine Drive-Mumbai India Mumbai 25,000 30,000
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort Mexico Cancun 30,000 35,000
InterContinental Bangkok Thailand Bangkok 35,000 40,000
InterContinental Mzaar (Mountain Resort & Spa) Lebanon Mzaar 35,000 40,000

Hotels jumping to 70,000 points per night (13)

Finally, there are 13 InterContinental hotels where the cost per night is jumping from 60,000 points to 70,000 points. If you’ve got a cache of IHG points and want to book an award night at one of these, make sure to do so before January 16:

Property Country City 2017 Category (points/night) 2018 Category (points/night)
InterContinental Paris – Le Grand France Paris 60,000 70,000
InterContinental Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 60,000 70,000
InterContinental – ANA Manza Beach Resort Japan Okinawa 60,000 70,000
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Tahiti Bora Bora 60,000 70,000
Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Tahiti Bora Bora 60,000 70,000
InterContinental London Park Lane UK London 60,000 70,000
InterContinental The Clement Monterey USA Monterey, CA 60,000 70,000
InterContinental San Francisco USA San Francisco, CA 60,000 70,000
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco  USA San Francisco, CA 60,000 70,000
InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. USA Washington, DC 60,000 70,000
InterContinental Boston USA Boston, MA 60,000 70,000
InterContinental New York Barclay USA New York, NY 60,000 70,000
InterContinental New York Times Square USA New York, NY 60,000 70,000

Featured image by InterContinental Bora Bora.

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