This is a follow-up to a post from a few weeks ago breaking out hotel redemptions by category. That post looked at the number of redemptions by category for domestic hotels; this post will do the same thing for hotels outside the United States. Here are the number of hotels by reward category for the four major non-IHG chains:
And, as a reminder, here are the points required for redemption for each category/hotel combination:
If we take the numbers from the first table above and convert them to percentages of the total number of hotels for each chain, here’s what we get:
- The international distribution is more balanced than the domestic distribution, with no category going above 30% of the total for any chain. And though the absolute numbers are lower, everybody has proportionately more hotels in higher categories.
- Once again, Hyatt’s pretty strong on the low end, though of course there’s the standard Hyatt not-enough-locations issue.
- Marriott’s distribution is bifurcated, with a lot of Category 2 and Category 7.
- As it does domestically, Hilton has a lot of Category 4. I’m not too pleased with the Category 4-ization of Hilton’s rewards program, but then their points are relatively easy to come by, so I guess it balances out.
- Most of the Hilton Category 1 properties are concentrated in a few countries: Egypt (about which, see Travel Is Free here) and China have 7, Turkey has 8, and Mexico has 9. (You may recall the U.S. has only 2.)