Reward Nights are Changing from 18 January 2012

Old Jan 3, 2012, 4:48 am
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Originally Posted by ehud
OK. Devaluation as expected.

Crowne Plaza will be 25,000 or 35,000 points/nights vs just 25,000 until now.
Indigo - 25,000 or 35,000 vs 25,000 until now.
InterContinental - another 50,000 points level.
Holiday inn - another 20,000 points/night level.
Officially confirmed on http://www.priorityclub.com/hotels/u...e/rewardnights
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 5:15 am
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Originally Posted by ehud
OK. Devaluation as expected.

Crowne Plaza will be 25,000 or 35,000 points/nights vs just 25,000 until now.
Indigo - 25,000 or 35,000 vs 25,000 until now.
InterContinental - another 50,000 points level.
Holiday inn - another 20,000 points/night level.

So no more cheap 25K CP NYC
Yeah confirmed. I wonder if there will be any sweeteners?
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by sweets61250
I feel they will be offering all elite benefits on Reward Nights also.
Strangely, for the most part over the years I have a higher success rate of upgrades on point over paid stays.
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 5:17 am
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Yeah just saw it
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 5:25 am
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Originally Posted by TheBeerHunter
Hopefully they also let award nights officially count towards elite requalification.
I hope not - it's already ridiculously easy to qualify for Plat. They should be making it harder, i.e. only counting points from stays and not bonuses etc.
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 5:30 am
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On a slightly different note re the scheme nd the way upgrades and extra benifits are awarded; a trend I have noticed recently on UK CP's has been their recognition of Amb status, and providing more benifits. If may be that they are simply seeking to compete with IC more, but if this is extended to CP then there may be a greater revenue generation opportunity for IHG.
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 5:31 am
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Not happy about this as have 900k in points and have just booked a 21 night vacation for Feb and only used two IC reward nights using points plus cash!

Wish I just used most of my points!

Anybody know which IC's wil be 50k and from what date?
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 6:07 am
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Originally Posted by navatwal
Anybody know which IC's wil be 50k and from what date?
According to the email I just received, the change will be from 18 January 2012.

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Old Jan 3, 2012, 6:07 am
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Originally Posted by navatwal
Not happy about this as have 900k in points and have just booked a 21 night vacation for Feb and only used two IC reward nights using points plus cash!

Wish I just used most of my points!

Anybody know which IC's wil be 50k and from what date?
I assume they will honour reservations made with current point levels..
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 6:08 am
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Originally Posted by navatwal
Not happy about this as have 900k in points and have just booked a 21 night vacation for Feb and only used two IC reward nights using points plus cash!

Wish I just used most of my points!

Anybody know which IC's wil be 50k and from what date?
Um, so why didn't you?

And sadly I think it's a fair bet that almost all will be 50k, if not immediately then soon after - how many HIs are 15k now?
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 6:56 am
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I wonder if there will be any sweeteners?
Will we ever see 10 points for a dollar at IC hotels?
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by serkan
I assume they will honour reservations made with current point levels..
Of course they will
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by jimthehorsegod
And sadly I think it's a fair bet that almost all will be 50k, if not immediately then soon after - how many HIs are 15k now?
Quite a lot, but not in big cities. Even on the London fringes there are 15k's (eg HIX Newbury Park, which is very near the Central Line tube). And the HI Rotherham near my brother is 15k! However, given a room is 40 at weekends, it is still not a great redemtion ...
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 7:22 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles
Quite a lot, but not in big cities. Even on the London fringes there are 15k's (eg HIX Newbury Park, which is very near the Central Line tube). And the HI Rotherham near my brother is 15k! However, given a room is 40 at weekends, it is still not a great redemtion ...
IIRC the HIX in Stevenage is 10k, but still. And I've stayed at the HIX Newbury Park - it might be near the central line indeed, but it's also a fair ride into London and it's not the most pleasing of locations...

The devaluation was inevitable after the CtC craziness, but is still frankly very disappointing. Since they're earned as a % of money spent, there's no real justification for devaluing points, is there? Aside from them printing points over the last couple of years?
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 7:31 am
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USA Today reports:

IHG's 61-million member Priority Club program is about to raise reward-night redemption rates on 25% of hotels as hotels continue to recover from the recession, Don Berg, IHG's top loyalty executive, tells Hotel Check-In.
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IHG is dropping the point requirements for 20% of hotels, Berg told me recently. The rest of IHG's hotels will remain the same.
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Berg says that IHG hopes to take the sting out of it by building in a two-month grace period.

Through mid-March, members will be able to book the old rates - without too much of a hassle.
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To give customers who had planned to use points in 2012 a break, any Priority Club member can use the old rates by calling IHG's service center.

"We'll automatically give them the old price for 60 days," Berg told me.
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http://travel.usatoday.com/hotels/po...1?csp=34travel
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