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List of 10,000 point and 25,000 point Holiday Inn and HI Express hotel awards

What makes these locations – Australia, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Florida, and New York – a special category for Priority Club members?

These are states and countries where the majority of Holiday Inn hotels are 25,000 point awards.

Priority Club has three tiers of hotel awards for Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express with free night awards at the 10,000 points, 15,000 points, or 25,000 points level.

Maine, New Jersey, New York, Wyoming, and the United Kingdom are the only states or countries where 50% or more of the Holiday Inn Express hotels are at the 25,000 point award level.

The vast majority of hotel awards for Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels are at the 15,000 point level.

Priority Club is the largest of the major global chain hotels in several statistical categories such as number of rooms (620,000+) and the number of countries with hotels (100). Holiday Inn is the #2 hotel brand in the world by number of rooms with over 250,000 rooms. Best Western is #1 with over 300,000. Marriott #3 and Hilton #4 both have about 200,000 rooms. Holiday Inn Express is #5 at 175,000 rooms.

Looking at a Loyalty Traveler post from July 9 on “InterContinental Hotels Group By the Numbers” shows IHG has added a new Holiday Inn Express hotel at the rate of one new hotel member every one or two days! While many of these hotels are rebranded properties, many are also newly built.

Looking up the award level of hotels in the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands are a pain. A Priority Club Rewards member must log as a member, pick a location, and select redeem points to see how many points are required for a free night at any particular Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express hotel.

The website is not designed to allow a member like me to see all the hotels in California.  I can pick a location and at most see all the hotels in a 100 mile radius. A road traveler may find the 25,000 points Holiday Inn Express Elk Grove as a Sacramento area I-5 hotel, but miss the I-5 Corning Holiday Inn Express at 10,000 points farther north since it is not in the 100 mile radius of Sacramento. Many travelers might prefer to drive an extra 120 miles to save 15,000 Priority Club points for a free hotel night in transit on I-5.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a list of all the 10,000 point Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties?

Cao Chong of the U.K. has a website where he recently posted a listing of the current hotels worldwide in Priority Club at the 10,000 point level. Hotels at the 25,000 points level and international properties at the 15,000 points level are also listed. USA hotels at the 15,000 points level are not listed, however, by default these hotels are all the 1,700+ remining HI/HIX hotels not listed.

At the rate of one new Priority Club member HI/HIX hotel being added every day or two, this list will soon be outdated, but for now this is the only listing I know showing the tiers for Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels. I am currently about 20% of the way through building a IHG property spreadsheet, but it is slow work with over 4,000 hotel entries to compile.

Cao Chong’s site has a table showing the geographic breakdown of Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express Hotels by country and tier level on this web page. He also provides some analysis on trends he sees in the data.

Here is some additional analysis based on his data tables.

Holiday Inn brand has 1,333 properties worldwide with 762 hotels (57%) located in the USA  and 571 hotels (43%) located internationally outside the USA in 70 other countries.

Award tier Breakdown for 1,333 Holiday Inn hotels with 762 USA hotels and 571 international hotels.

10,000 point award nights are available at 118 Holiday Inn hotels of 1,333 worldwide or 8.9% of all Holiday Inns.

15,000 point award nights are available at 796 Holiday Inn hotels worldwide or 59.7% of all Holiday Inns.

25,000 point award nights are available at 419 Holiday Inn hotels worldwide or 31.4% of all Holiday Inns

USA (762 Holiday Inn hotels)

10,000 point award nights are available at 62 of the 762 Holiday Inn hotels in the USA or just 8.1% of all US Holiday Inn hotels are the lowest tier award.

15,000 point award nights are available at 500 of the 762 Holiday Inn hotels in the USA or 65.6% of all US Holiday Inn hotels are the middle tier award.

25,000 point award nights are available at 200 of the 762 Holiday Inn hotels in the USA or 26.2%.

International (571 Holiday Inn hotels)

10,000 point award nights are available at 56 of the 571 Holiday Inn hotels outside the USA or 9.8% of all international Holiday Inns.

15,000 point award nights are available at 296 of the 571 Holiday Inn hotels outside the USA or 51.8% of all international Holiday Inns.

25,000 point award nights are available at 219 of the 571 Holiday Inn hotels outside the USA or 38.4% of all international Holiday Inns.

 

Holiday Inn Express brand has 2,212 properties worldwide with 1,851 hotels (83.7%) located in the USA  and 361 hotels (16.3%) located internationally outside the USA in 27 other countries.

Award tier Breakdown for 2,212 Holiday Inn Express hotels with 1,851 USA hotels and 361 international hotels.

10,000 point award nights are available at 188 Holiday Inn Express hotels of 2,212 worldwide or 8.5% of all Holiday Inn Express hotels.

15,000 point award nights are available at 1,437 Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide or 65.0% of all 2,212 Holiday Inn Express hotels.

25,000 point award nights are available at 587 Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide or 26.5% of all 2,212 Holiday Inn Express hotels.

USA (1,851 Holiday Inn Express hotels)

10,000 point award nights are available at 164 of the 1,851 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the USA or just 8.9% of all US Holiday Inn Express hotels are the lowest tier award.

15,000 point award nights are available at 1,203 of the 1,851 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the USA or 65.0% of all US Holiday Inn Express hotels are the middle tier award.

25,000 point award nights are available at 484 of the 1,851 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the USA or 26.1%.

International (361 Holiday Inn Express hotels)

10,000 point award nights are available at 24 of the 361 Holiday Inn Express hotels outside the USA or 6.6% of all international Holiday Inns.

15,000 point award nights are available at 234 of the 361 Holiday Inn Express hotels outside the USA or 64.8% of all international Holiday Inn Express hotels.

25,000 point award nights are available at 103 of the 361 Holiday Inn Express hotels outside the USA or 28.5% of all international Holiday Inn Express hotels.

InterContinental Hotels Group by the numbers

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club Rewards covers the hotel brands of Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Hotel Indigo.

IHG is the largest hotel company in the world ranked by number of hotel rooms. Hotelsmag.com 2009 rankings listed IHG with 620,000 rooms. Wyndham Hotels, the largest global company by number of hotels, had about 20,000 fewer rooms in 2009.

IHG is ranked #1 of all hotel chains in terms of the number of different countries with a hotel property.

Loyalty Traveler posts: July 9, 2009 IHG by the Numbers gives hotel brand data for the other IHG brands of InterContinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites.

Marriott by the numbers, Hyatt by the numbers, and Starwood by the numbers can also be found in these Loyalty traveler posts.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Thanks, Ric. I think Cao’s site will save me some bucks on my next trip.

    I was really hoping for something like this and *bang!* it’s out there!

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