IHG has changed the terms of their Best Rate Guarantee — and it’s bad news.
No more free night with IHG BRG
IHG has long had a pretty generous Best Rate Guarantee — if you find a better rate on the same room, the first night of your stay is free. If you are on a one-night stay, then you get yourself a free night. This could be particularly good if you were to find a better rate on a fancy suite at a swanky property as it applied to various room types. Unfortunately, IHG has changed the terms and is no longer awarding the first night free.
The new Best Rate Guarantee will match the price and give you 5 times the base points normally earned, up to a cap of 40,000 points. Based on our Reasonable Redemption Values, 40K points are worth about $230 — and with the recent IHG devaluation (See: IHG Award Changes For 2018, New 70k Category Level), top-tier categories now cost nearly double this amount of points (70K). See the updated IHG terms and conditions for complete details.
View from the Wing reports that the British version of the IHG site still shows the old terms for stays in a number of European countries. Whether or not you could leverage that is anybody’s guess — but if you’d like to try, you would likely need to strike while the iron is hot.
H/T: View from the Wing