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2019 Category Changes Means These 145 Properties Are Now Cheaper Using IHG Points

IHG’s 2019 category changes were rough on IHG Rewards members. Overall, 693 properties changed categories, with most (548) of these being increases. Unfortunately, it’s too late to get the prior rate at these properties as the changes went into effect January 25.

The good news is that there’s 145 IHG properties where the award cost just dropped. If you have an upcoming points stay at one of these properties, you can cancel and re-book at a lower rate. Or, perhaps this list will spark an idea for an upcoming trip. Either way, let’s try to make some lemonade out of this category change lemon.

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InterContinental Hotels

In a hotel loyalty group that’s better known for Holiday Inn Express hotels, IHG’s InterContinental brand is one of the group’s few luxury brands. And eight of these properties just decreased in price.

Unfortunately for US-based travelers, all of them are outside the US, including five in China. Of the non-Chinese hotels, there’s one that we’ve seen on a few PointBreaks lists over the last year: InterContinental Mendoza dropped from 25,000 points per night to 20,000 points per night. While Venezuela likely isn’t on many traveler’s 2019 list of places to go, the InterContinental Tamanaco Caracas dropped to 25,000 points per night.

Hotel Name City Country New Point
Requirement
(per night)
Valuation
of Points
(per night)
Mendoza Mendoza Argentina 20,000 $120
Tangshan Tangshan Mainland China 20,000 $120
Lhasa Paradise Lhasa Mainland China 20,000 $120
Shanghai Expo Shanghai Mainland China 25,000 $150
Heilong Lake Meishan Mainland China 25,000 $150
Tamanaco Caracas Caracas Venezuela 25,000 $150
Hanoi Landmark72 Hanoi Vietnam 30,000 $180
OneThousand Island Lake Resort Hangzhou Mainland China 40,000 $240

Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton properties fared surprisingly well in the 2019 category changes, with only two properties increasing and eight properties decreasing categories. That left Kimpton with the biggest net drop of any IHG brand. With that said, the cheapest of these properties is still 35,000 points per night — which is $210 per night based on TPG’s valuation of IHG points. Make sure to check cash prices to make sure you’re getting good value from your IHG points.

Hotel Name City State New Point
Requirement
(per night)
Valuation
of Points
(per night)
Hotel Monaco Baltimore Baltimore MD 35,000 $210
Goodland Goleta CA 45,000 $270
Sawyer Hotel Sacramento CA 45,000 $270
Tryon Park Hotel Charlotte NC 45,000 $270
Lorien Hotel and Spa Alexandria VA 45,000 $270
Taconic Hotel Manchester VT 45,000 $270
Angler’s Hotel South Beach Miami Beach FL 55,000 $330
Vero Beach Hotel and Spa Vero Beach FL 60,000 $360

European Hotels

Of the 145 properties that dropped, only 10 are located in Europe: three in the United Kingdom, two in France, two in Germany, two in Istanbul (Turkey) and one in Serbia.

Hotel Name Chain City Country New Point
Requirement
(per night)
Valuation
of Points
(per night)
Montpellier – Corum Crowne Plaza Montpellier France 25,000 $150
Paris – Charles de Gaulle Crowne Plaza Roissy-en-France France 25,000 $150
Siegen Holiday Inn Express Siegen Germany 15,000 $90
Singen Holiday Inn Express Singen Germany 15,000 $90
Belgrade – City Holiday Inn Express Belgrade Serbia 10,000 $60
Istanbul – Altunizade Holiday Inn Express Istanbul Turkey 10,000 $60
Istanbul – Tuzla Bay Holiday Inn Istanbul Turkey 15,000 $90
Cardiff Hotel Indigo Cardiff United Kingdom 45,000 $270
Norwich Holiday Inn Express Norwich United Kingdom 15,000 $90
Wigan Holiday Inn Express Wigan United Kingdom 15,000 $90

New Category 1 Hotels

Among the changes are 28 hotels that decreased to just 10,000 points per night. At current TPG valuations, that’s just $60 all-in for a hotel night. And during frequent 100% buy-point bonuses, you can buy these points for just $50 per night.

Unfortunately these hotel brands aren’t too exciting. There’s 16 Holiday Inn, seven Holiday Inn Express, four Candlewood Suites and one Holiday Inn. Geographically, 12 of the 28 are in Mexico, three are in Brazil and five are located in the US — with four of those located in Texas.

Hotel Name Chain City Country
Fortaleza Holiday Inn Fortaleza Brazil
Natal Holiday Inn Natal Brazil
Sao Paulo Parque Anhembi Holiday Inn Sao Paulo Brazil
Cucuta Holiday Inn Cucuta Colombia
Putian Xiuyu Holiday Inn Putian Mainland China
Shanghai Vista Holiday Inn Shanghai Mainland China
Monclova Holiday Inn Monclova Mexico
Cd. del Carmen Holiday Inn Express Ciudad del Carmen Mexico
Mexico Zona Rosa Holiday Inn & Suites Ciudad de Mexico Mexico
Toluca Zona Aeropuerto Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toluca Mexico
Leon Holiday Inn Leon Mexico
Morelia Holiday Inn Morelia Mexico
Puebla Finsa Holiday Inn Puebla Mexico
San Luis Potosi-Quijote Holiday Inn San Luis Potosi Mexico
Hermosillo Holiday Inn Hermosillo Mexico
Matamoros Holiday Inn Matamoros Mexico
Coatzacoalcos Holiday Inn Coatzacoalcos Mexico
Xalapa Holiday Inn Express Xalapa Mexico
Ufa Holiday Inn Ufa Russia
Belgrade – City Holiday Inn Express Belgrade Serbia
Pretoria – Sunnypark Holiday Inn Express Pretoria South Africa
Ankara – Kavaklidere Holiday Inn Ankara Turkey
Istanbul – Altunizade Holiday Inn Express Istanbul Turkey
Merrillville Candlewood Suites Merrillville, IN United States
Cotulla Candlewood Suites Cotulla, TX United States
Floresville Holiday Inn Express & Suites Floresville, TX United States
Harlingen Candlewood Suites Harlingen, TX United States
Houston CityCentre I-10 West Candlewood Suites Houston, TX United States

Getting IHG Points

If you need more points, IHG just launched a 75% buy points bonus promotion. This drops the price of IHG points to 0.57 cents each — less than TPG’s valuation at 0.6 cents each — when you buy at least 26,000 points. This could be a good deal if you find a good value redemption at these or other IHG properties. However, if you don’t have an immediate need for IHG points, it’s best to wait until another 100% buy points promotion pops up.

Another way of getting IHG points is through the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card — which is currently offering an 80,000 point sign-up bonus for spending $2,000 in the first three months after opening your account. In addition to a solid sign-up bonus, this card helps you get more value out of your points by granting IHG Platinum Elite status — which has gotten me suite upgrades at many properties — and fourth-night free on awards stays.

Bottom Line

While the 2019 IHG category changes were rough overall, there were 145 properties that dropped in value. If you have existing points reservations at any of these properties, now is a good time to cancel your more-expensive reservation and re-book at the lower rate. Or, maybe this list prompts some ideas for an upcoming trip.

Just remember that there’s a reason that these properties decreased in category. Check the cash price to make sure you’re getting a good use out of your IHG points.

Full List

I promised you 145 properties decreasing in value, and we haven’t covered all of them quite yet. So, here’s the full chart of all IHG properties that just decreased in award price:

Hotel Name Chain Description City, State Country New Point
Requirement
(per night)
Mendoza InterContinental Mendoza Argentina 20,000
Hawkesbury Valley Crowne Plaza Windsor, NW Australia 25,000
Fortaleza Holiday Inn Fortaleza Brazil 10,000
Natal Holiday Inn Natal – Rn Brazil 10,000
Sao Paulo Parque Anhembi Holiday Inn Sao Paulo Brazil 10,000
Medicine Hat Transcanada Hwy 1 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medicine Hat, AB Canada 20,000
Red Deer Holiday Inn Express Red Deer, AB Canada 15,000
West Edmonton Holiday Inn & Suites West Edmonton, AB Canada 20,000
Terrace Holiday Inn Express & Suites Terrace, BC Canada 15,000
Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook Crowne Plaza Fredericton, NB Canada 20,000
Cucuta Holiday Inn Cucuta Colombia 10,000
Montpellier – Corum Crowne Plaza Montpellier France 25,000
Paris – Charles de Gaulle Crowne Plaza Roissy-En-France France 25,000
Siegen Holiday Inn Express Siegen Germany 15,000
Singen Holiday Inn Express Singen Germany 15,000
Bengaluru Racecourse Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bangalore India 15,000
Resort Miyazaki Holiday Inn – ANA Miyazaki-Shi Japan 15,000
Suwon Ingye Holiday Inn Express Suwon Si Republic of Korea 15,000
Vientiane Crowne Plaza Vientiane Laos 20,000
Changbaishan Suites Holiday Inn Jilin Province China 25,000
Beijing Temple Of Heaven Holiday Inn Beijing, BJ China 15,000
Putian Xiuyu Holiday Inn Putian, FJ China 10,000
Yangjiang City Center HUALUXE Yangjiang, GD China 30,000
Haikou Seaview HUALUXE Haikou, HA China 30,000
Hainan Clear Water Bay Holiday Inn Resort Sanya, HA China 15,000
Tangshan InterContinental Tangshan, HE China 20,000
Zhangjiakou HUALUXE Zhangjiakou, HE China 30,000
Nanchang High-tech Zone HUALUXE Nanchang, JX China 15,000
Shanghai Vista Holiday Inn Shanghai, SH China 10,000
Shanghai Expo InterContinental Shanghai, SH China 25,000
Heilong Lake InterContinental Meishan, SN China 25,000
Tianjin Haihe Hotel Indigo Tianjin, TJ China 15,000
Lhasa Paradise InterContinental Lhasa, XZ China 20,000
OneThousand Island Lake Resort InterContinental Hangzhou, ZJ China 40,000
HangzhouOneThousandIslandLake Crowne Plaza Hangzhou, ZJ China 25,000
Mexicali Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mexicali, BN Mexico 15,000
Chihuahua Staybridge Suites Chihuahua, CH Mexico 15,000
Monclova Holiday Inn Monclova, CI Mexico 10,000
Torreon Holiday Inn Express Torreon, CI Mexico 15,000
Manzanillo Holiday Inn Express Manzanillo, CL Mexico 15,000
Cd. del Carmen Holiday Inn Express Ciudad Del Carmen, CM Mexico 10,000
Mexico City-Plaza Universidad Holiday Inn Ciudad De Mexico, DF Mexico 15,000
Ciudad de Mexico-Trade Center Holiday Inn Ciudad De Mexico, DF Mexico 20,000
Mexico Zona Rosa Holiday Inn & Suites Ciudad De Mexico, DF Mexico 10,000
Mexico Santa Fe Holiday Inn Express Ciudad De Mexico, DF Mexico 15,000
Mexico Santa Fe Holiday Inn Ciudad De Mexico, DF Mexico 15,000
Mexico – Toreo Holiday Inn Express Naucalpan, EM Mexico 15,000
Toluca Zona Aeropuerto Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toluca, EM Mexico 10,000
Chilpancingo Holiday Inn Chilpancingo, GR Mexico 15,000
Leon Plaza Mayor Holiday Inn & Suites Leon, GT Mexico 15,000
Leon Holiday Inn Leon, GT Mexico 10,000
Silao Aeropuerto – Terminal Holiday Inn Express & Suites Silao, GT Mexico 15,000
Guadalajara Centro Historico Holiday Inn & Suites Guadalajara, JA Mexico 15,000
Guadalajara Expo Holiday Inn Zapopan, JA Mexico 15,000
Morelia Holiday Inn Morelia, MC Mexico 10,000
Huatulco Holiday Inn Santa Maria Huatulco, OA Mexico 15,000
Puebla Staybridge Suites Puebla, PU Mexico 15,000
Puebla Finsa Holiday Inn Puebla, PU Mexico 10,000
San Luis Potosi-Quijote Holiday Inn San Luis Potosi, SL Mexico 10,000
San Luis Potosi Staybridge Suites San Luis Potosi, SL Mexico 15,000
Hermosillo Holiday Inn Hermosillo, SO Mexico 10,000
Villahermosa Crowne Plaza Villahermosa, TB Mexico 20,000
Matamoros Holiday Inn Matamoros, TM Mexico 10,000
Coatzacoalcos Holiday Inn Coatzacoalcos, VE Mexico 10,000
Xalapa Holiday Inn Express Xalapa, VE Mexico 10,000
Muscat OCEC Crowne Plaza Muscat Oman 25,000
Moscow – Tagansky Holiday Inn Moscow Russia 15,000
Moscow – Seligerskaya Holiday Inn Moscow Russia 15,000
St. Petersburg – Tchaikovskogo Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg Russia 25,000
Ufa Holiday Inn Ufa Russia 10,000
Riyadh RDC Hotel &
Convention
Crowne Plaza Riyadh Saudi Arabia 25,000
Belgrade – City Holiday Inn Express Belgrade Serbia 10,000
Cape Town Holiday Inn Cape Town South Africa 15,000
Pretoria – Sunnypark Holiday Inn Express Pretoria South Africa 10,000
Ankara – Kavaklidere Holiday Inn Ankara Turkey 10,000
Bursa – City Centre Holiday Inn Bursa Turkey 15,000
Istanbul – Altunizade Holiday Inn Express Istanbul Turkey 10,000
Istanbul – Tuzla Bay Holiday Inn Istanbul Turkey 15,000
Cardiff Hotel Indigo Cardiff United Kingdom 45,000
Norwich Holiday Inn Express Norwich United Kingdom 15,000
Wigan Holiday Inn Express Wigan United Kingdom 15,000
Birmingham Five Points S – UAB Hotel Indigo Birmingham, AL United States 25,000
Morrilton Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morrilton, AR United States 15,000
Goodland Kimpton Goleta, CA United States 45,000
Sawyer Hotel Kimpton Sacramento, CA United States 45,000
Sunnyvale – Silicon Valley Holiday Inn Express Sunnyvale, CA United States 30,000
Angler’s Hotel South Beach Kimpton Miami Beach, FL United States 55,000
Vero Beach Hotel and Spa Kimpton Vero Beach, FL United States 60,000
Crestwood Holiday Inn Express Crestwood, IL United States 15,000
Merrillville Candlewood Suites Merrillville, IN United States 10,000
Tell City Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tell City, IN United States 15,000
Vincennes Holiday Inn Express Vincennes, IN United States 15,000
Atchison Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atchison, KS United States 15,000
Alexandria Candlewood Suites Alexandria, LA United States 15,000
Morgan City – Tiger Island Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morgan City, LA United States 15,000
Hotel Monaco Baltimore Kimpton Baltimore, MD United States 35,000
Belcamp – Aberdeen Area Holiday Inn Belcamp, MD United States 15,000
Pocomoke City Holiday Inn Express Pocomoke City, MD United States 20,000
Benton Harbor Holiday Inn Express & Suites Benton Harbor, MI United States 25,000
Bemidji Candlewood Suites Bemidji, MN United States 15,000
Tryon Park Hotel Kimpton Charlotte, NC United States 45,000
Minot Staybridge Suites Minot, ND United States 15,000
Williston Candlewood Suites Williston, ND United States 20,000
Omaha West Staybridge Suites Omaha, NE United States 20,000
Omaha – 120th and Maple Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha, NE United States 15,000
Salem (I-93 At Exit 2) Holiday Inn Salem, NH United States 20,000
Jersey City – Harborside Candlewood Suites Jersey City, NJ United States 30,000
Totowa Wayne Holiday Inn Totowa, NJ United States 20,000
Roswell Holiday Inn Roswell, NM United States 15,000
Malone Holiday Inn Express & Suites Malone, NY United States 20,000
Toledo-Maumee (I-80/90) Holiday Inn Maumee, OH United States 20,000
Medina Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medina, OH United States 15,000
Columbus South – Obetz Holiday Inn Express Obetz, OH United States 15,000
Toledo – Rossford – Perrysburg Staybridge Suites Rossford, OH United States 20,000
Sunbury-Columbus Area Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sunbury, OH United States 15,000
Alva Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alva, OK United States 15,000
Midwest City Candlewood Suites Del City, OK United States 15,000
Guymon Holiday Inn Express & Suites Guymon, OK United States 15,000
Perry Holiday Inn Express & Suites Perry, OK United States 15,000
Belle Vernon Candlewood Suites Belle Vernon, PA United States 15,000
Pittsburgh-Cranberry Township Staybridge Suites Warrendale, PA United States 20,000
Bay City Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bay City, TX United States 15,000
Brookshire – Katy Freeway Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brookshire, TX United States 15,000
Brownsville Holiday Inn Brownsville, TX United States 15,000
Cotulla Candlewood Suites Cotulla, TX United States 10,000
Cuero Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cuero, TX United States 15,000
Floresville Holiday Inn Express & Suites Floresville, TX United States 10,000
Harlingen Candlewood Suites Harlingen, TX United States 10,000
HOU I-10 West Energy Corridor Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston, TX United States 15,000
Houston CityCentre I-10 West Candlewood Suites Houston, TX United States 10,000
Houston NW Beltway 8-West Road Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston, TX United States 15,000
Houston SW – Galleria Area Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston, TX United States 15,000
Houston W – Westchase Area Staybridge Suites Houston, TX United States 20,000
Kenedy Holiday Inn Express Kenedy, TX United States 15,000
Perryton Holiday Inn Express & Suites Perryton, TX United States 15,000
Plano – The Colony Staybridge Suites The Colony, TX United States 20,000
Lorien Hotel and Spa Kimpton Alexandria, VA United States 45,000
South Hill Holiday Inn Express & Suites South Hill, VA United States 15,000
Taconic Hotel Kimpton Manchester, VT United States 45,000
Platteville Holiday Inn Express & Suites Platteville, WI United States 15,000
Fairmont Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fairmont, WV United States 20,000
Weston Holiday Inn Express & Suites Weston, WV United States 20,000
Tamanaco Caracas InterContinental Caracas Venezuela 25,000
Hanoi Landmark72 InterContinental Hanoi Vietnam 30,000
Mutare Holiday Inn Mutare Zimbabwe 15,000

Featured image courtesy of Kimpton Angler’s Hotel, which decreased to 55,000 IHG points per night.