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Anyone primarily stay at IHG hotels and have thoughts on the points earning/redemption? All the SPGs/marriotts near my client site are out of budget and wondering if I should switch to IHG

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I have a spreadsheet I use to calculate points value when deciding where to stay on client travel. A screenshot is below; column names are CPP (cent value per point according to BoardingArea’s Reasonable Redemption Values), points/$ according to my current status with each chain plus their relevant bonuses, I set the per night rate to $1 and number of nights to 1 to (mostly) level the field, $ value = CPP * points for the stay, % is ROI ($ value of points / total $ spend for stay), and nights is how many nights I earn for those points for each chain assuming lowest category. As you can see IHG is the worst according to these calculations, while Marriott is the best but some factors can make this change e.g. Green Choice on longer stays. Also Wyndham is so high because you get the greater of 1,000 points (great for one night cheap stays) or the number of points you would normally earn for the stay (making it a bit of a ripoff for longer stays). Sorry for the lecture but hope this helps! Would also be glad to share this spreadsheet with anyone it would help

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Damn EY1 that’s awesome, thanks

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Good point B1--Currently for SPG I only have the Green Choice reflected. Unfortunately I haven’t had any SPG stays this year (just Hilton and Marriott, whole team was staying there so didn’t have much latitude) but if I can then on the second stay the points/$ double and they jump to 13% return, pretty far above Marriott

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I think loyalty and Status to a hotel play the biggest role. The difference between having
No status and diamond status at Hilton gives you 50-75% more points/value.

Negotiate a better rate at the SPG or use the Accenture or IBM codes

Spreadsheet appears to neglect bonus/promos/welcome gifts and therefore severely undervalues SPG. I was getting 20-30% yield last qtr (@2.5cpp).

@EY1 what is your status with each of the chains on the spreadsheet?

Marriott/SPG Platinum, Hilton Gold, Hyatt Discoverist

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