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