Reward Nights are Changing from 18 January 2012

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Old Jan 2, 12, 10:53 pm
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Reward Nights are Changing from 18 January 2012

My dad received his January statement from PC stating rewards nights are changing from Jan 18, 2012.
The link takes me to the standard Rewards Page. Looks things have not yet been updated so no details there.
Hope there is not a devaluation.

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Reward Nights Are Changing.
Effective 18 January 2012, Priority Club® will make changes to the number of points required for Reward Nights. Click here to read about the changes happening to Priority Club Rewards.
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Old Jan 2, 12, 11:30 pm
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Assuming that this is correct, then the only change they are likely to make is to devalue the points. I hope not, but wouldn't be surprised given the amount of points they gave away last year with the CTC promo.
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Old Jan 3, 12, 12:04 am
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Interesting.
I would venture it's some combination of the following:
a) an across-the-board devaluation
b) an addition of higher categories (e.g., 50K ICs)
c) the creation of point tiers, moving away from brand-based award costs

At any rate, not likely to be good.

If it's a major devaluation, it would be appropriate to throw IHG's words back at them: http://www.ihgplc.com/index.asp?PageID=116&NewsID=2421
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Old Jan 3, 12, 12:11 am
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I feel they will be offering all elite benefits on Reward Nights also.
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Old Jan 3, 12, 12:16 am
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I feel they will be offering all elite benefits on Reward Nights also.
Any particular indication to make you feel that?
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Old Jan 3, 12, 12:30 am
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Any particular indication to make you feel that?
Lately on Points, the number of people receiving benefits have increased. I have also experienced this.
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Old Jan 3, 12, 1:19 am
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I feel they will be offering all elite benefits on Reward Nights also.
Wishful thinking!
I'd also would wish this is true, but I have no experience/indication that IHG would go that direction!
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Old Jan 3, 12, 1:45 am
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Originally Posted by sweets61250 View Post
Lately on Points, the number of people receiving benefits have increased. I have also experienced this.
To support this, I have usually received all/most Plat/Amb bennies on reward stays. The latest:

3 nights on points at one of the EDI HI's over New Year's - upg to mini suite

But of course this doesn't mean that IHG won't opt for "enhancing" the program by e.g devaluing the points
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Hopefully they also let award nights officially count towards elite requalification.
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Old Jan 3, 12, 2:27 am
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So change is 10k Holiday Inns?
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Old Jan 3, 12, 3:10 am
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Devaluation

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
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Old Jan 3, 12, 3:11 am
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Hopefully they also let award nights officially count towards elite requalification.
Hmmm. Does any loyalty program in any sector do this? surely not?
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Originally Posted by soitgoes View Post
If it's a major devaluation, it would be appropriate to throw IHG's words back at them: http://www.ihgplc.com/index.asp?PageID=116&NewsID=2421
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Old Jan 3, 12, 3:14 am
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Hmmm. Does any loyalty program in any sector do this? surely not?
Most now, Hilton and Starwood for a start
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Well, I stand corrected then.

So might this explain the removal of Flights/Hotels Anywhere? Certainly it would be an effective increase in their value if ordinary hotel redemptions are to be devalued.
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