Last year, IHG aquired a 51% stake in the Regent Hotels group. Now, IHG Rewards have announced that the Regent Hotels group will join the program February 1.
This is good news for IHG Rewards members, as it will provide additional opportunities to earn and burn points. In particular, for those that like to use their points for luxury stays, this certainly add some new options.
While IHG have not yet detailed the benefits IHG Rewards members will receive at Regent, they have published the redemption rates for the hotels. I will continue updating this post with any new information that comes to hand.
Regent Hotels is a small chain of luxury hotels. And by small, I mean small – there is at present just six of them:
- Porto Montenegro
There are a couple of others coming down the pipeline. The Intercontinental Hong Kong will be relaunched as a Regent Hotel in 2021/2022. In addition, the Regent Phu Quoc is expected to open in 2019, and the Regent Jakarta in 2020.
There are plans within IHG to grow the chain to 40 or so hotels over time, but for now, it is a small player.
Regent Hotels is positioning itself in the luxury segment. At the moment, IHG really only has the Intercontinental chain that approaches the luxury segment, and that too is smallish in the scheme of things. It is not clear at the moment just where the two chains will reside in relation to each other.
At the moment, while we know Regent Hotels is joining IHG Rewards, there is little detail on how exactly it will fit in. Having said that, IHG have now detailed the number of points that will be required for a nights stay when booking a Rewards room.
- Regent Beijing: 50,000 IHG Rewards points per night
- Regent Chongqing: 50,000 IHG Rewards points per night
- Regent Berlin: 55,000 IHG Rewards points per night
- Regent Singapore: 55,000 IHG Rewards points per night
- Regent Taipei: 60,000 IHG Rewards points per night
- Regent Porto Montenegro: 60,000 IHG Rewards points per night
As yet, we don’t know what elite benefits might be on offer. This should become more clear come February 1.
In any case, it looks to be a good addition to the IHG Rewards program, giving more opportunities to earn and burn.