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18 InterContinental Hotels rising to 55,000 or 60,000 points Feb 17, 2016

IHG Rewards Club is changing points needed for stays at 400 hotels on February 17, 2016. The overall changes are 50% hotels move up and 50% go down.

The biggest change is a new top tier of 60,000 points per night, a 20% rise over the current 50,000 points top category reward night.

There will be 13 InterContinental Hotels in the new 60,000 points category and 5 InterContinental Hotels rising to 55,000 points.

IHG 60-55 category changes

You can book these InterContinental Hotels at their current 2015 rate by February 16.

On February 17 the new rates take effect.

Kind of makes me proud to see my hometown IC in the ranks of Paris, London, Rome, New York, and Bora Bora. I’ve never stayed there since I already have a place to stay in Monterey.

Only One High Category InterContinental Hotel Drops

There are not any hotels at the current 45,000 or 50,000 points level going down with IHG Rewards Club changes. In fact, only the InterContinental Sao Paulo is a high category hotel now at 40,000 points and dropping to 35,000 points.

Four InterContinental Hotels, three in China and one in India drop from 35,000 to 30,000 points. Three InterContinental Hotels in Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia also drop from 30,000 to 25,000 points.

IC Geneva jumps 10,000 points from 35,000 to 45,000 points. I thought it was a good deal when I stayed there on points in October.

IHG IC changes 2-17-16

Lots more analysis of the IHG Rewards Club changes to come. I figured I get the worst of the changes out first so readers can plan where to redeem points.

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. Ric,

    My problem is even though the really high level ICs are going up there is no award availability in hotels like IC Thalasso – you may get a day here or 2 but that is close in. Paris is another location where availability is not abundant. Hopefully this helps improve the availability.

    – Narayana

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