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InterContinental branded hotels to reward points based on spend in the Americas

January 15th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

What: Effective 2012 February 15, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean plus all Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express hotel brands worldwide, you will receive ten (10) points for each USD dollar or local currency equivalent paid toward Eligible Charges on your individual hotel room bill, when you pay Qualifying Room Rates, or the applicable airline miles.

Prior to this change:

– InterContinental hotels rewarded: 2,000 per stay+ 1,000 per stay if your were an Ambassador + 1,000 per stay if you were Royal Ambassador

– All other brands mentioned above already awarded 10 points for Eligible Charges on your individual hotel room bill (no change)

– Currently I assume that the Ambassador / Royal Ambassador bonuses will be dropped and the Gold (10%) and Platinum (50%) bonuses will kick in (this is unconfirmed)

The official press release – which in itself is very confusing – as y0u have no idea which scheme you will be on between now and the 15h Feb.

Although we will continue our focus on providing Priority Club members with new ways to redeem their points, this new earning structure at InterContinental Hotels will allow them to earn them faster than ever before, too,”  said Don Berg, vice president, Loyalty Programs and Partnerships, IHG.  “Priority Club members who stay at InterContinental properties between now and February 15 will begin to experience this richer earning policy as we operationally ramp up the program over the next 30 days,” said Berg.  Starting Feb. 15, all members can expect to earn at the new rate

The bottom line – if you stayed in cheaper InterContinental hotels for one night stays then you likely to be worse off under the new scheme – on the other-hand those with longer stays or those who stay in higher end hotels should be happy that Priority Club have removed this oddity in the earnings structure. The only questions remains is why this hasn’t been rolled out to the rest of the world?

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  1. Vickib
    January 15th, 2012 at 20:53 | #1

    I guess the Asia Pacific customers are considered second rate as usual.
    A change like this should be worlwide!

  2. fanfan
    January 16th, 2012 at 07:08 | #2

    What about the promotion : 15 nights in ICs = 20.000 points? would it be still valid?

  3. DJP_707
    January 23rd, 2012 at 06:36 | #3

    Looks like it already started, their not waiting till feb. 15th??

    My one night stay jan 15th just posted:
    Qualifying Stay3430 pts.
    Platinum Bonus1715 pts.
    Ambassador Accelerator Bonus20000 pts.
    Royal Ambassador Bonus 1000 pts.
    26145 pts.

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