In early 2019 it was announced that InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) would acquire Six Senses, a luxury hotel brand. Up until recently Six Senses hadn’t really been integrated into the IHG Rewards Club program, but that has finally changed.
A few weeks ago IHG Rewards Club started adding Six Senses properties to the program. The program is taking a phased approach to adding Six Senses locations, and a further two properties have now been added to the program, so let’s go over the details.
Six Senses hotels can now be booked with points
IHG will be progressively rolling out award redemptions at Six Senses properties. It’s now possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at the following eight properties for stays as of April 27, 2021:
- Six Senses Botanique (Brazil)
- Six Senses Fiji (Fiji)
- Six Senses Kaplankaya (Turkey)
- Six Senses Laamu (Maldives)
- Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam)
- Six Senses Uluwatu Bali (Indonesia)
- Six Senses Yao Noi (Thailand)
- Six Senses Zil Pasyon (Seychelles)
On top of that, it has been announced that Six Senses Ibiza will also join the program ahead of its opening in July.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
When it comes to redeeming points at Six Senses properties, there are a couple of things to note:
- As is the case at all IHG properties, there will be blackout dates and capacity restrictions
- Award pricing will be dynamic, meaning the number of points required for a stay can change in the same way that it would on a cash stay
How many IHG points do you need for Six Senses stays?
Nowadays IHG Rewards Club award pricing is dynamic, and we recently saw that pricing get significantly worse, before getting a bit better again.
However, when the Six Senses integration launched, we saw that award pricing at each particular property was consistent across dates, though that’s obviously subject to change.
At launch, award pricing at properties ranged from 60,000 points per night to 237,500 points per night, and there’s not much rhyme or reason to the pricing.
For example, the Six Senses Bali is bookable for 60,000 points per night, and paid rates are often $500+ per night.
The Six Senses Fiji is bookable for 100,000 points per night, and paid rates are often $1,000+.
The Six Senses Maldives is bookable for 100,000 points per night, and paid rates are often $1,000+.
The Six Senses Brazil is bookable for 237,500 points per night, even though paid rates are often cheaper than at the other properties that cost fewer points.
I value IHG Rewards Club points at ~0.5 cents each, so there are some potentially great redemption opportunities here.
Does the IHG Premier Card fourth night free perk apply?
The IHG Premier Card has an awesome fourth night free perk on award stays, which can essentially save you 25% on stays of four nights. It does indeed appear that the fourth night free perk works on Six Senses stays as well, so that’s awesome.
Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
IHG elite benefits at Six Senses properties
What kind of elite benefits should be expected at Six Senses properties? Well, for one, elite benefits will primarily apply for InterContinental Ambassador, Royal Ambassador, and Kimpton Inner Circle members. Those benefits will be as follows (and even reward nights booked directly with IHG are eligible for these perks):
- Complimentary breakfast for two in the main restaurant per day
- Signature Amenity of either a complimentary 50 minute Six Senses Spa massage for two or local experience once per stay; the Signature Amenity varies by resort, is subject to availability and confirmed on arrival
- Complimentary one category room upgrade (subject to availability, excluding residences and two bedroom or greater suites/villas)
- Extended check-out of 4PM subject to availability, guaranteed for Royal Ambassador & Kimpton Inner Circle members
- Early check-in of 10AM subject to availability, guaranteed for Royal Ambassador & Kimpton Inner Circle members and in circumstances where the room is not available at 10AM, the member may be checked into another available room until the original booked room becomes available
- Complimentary internet access
- Wellness Platter welcome amenity on day of arrival
If you’re going to redeem points for a stay at a Six Senses property, then it’s totally worth signing up for InterContinental Ambassador, which costs $200 per year, and gets you all of the above perks.
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
I’m cautiously excited about this
Being able to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at Six Senses properties is no doubt an awesome development. I want to be excited, though I always struggle to get too enthusiastic about the IHG Rewards Club program in general, at least for luxury stays:
- I love IHG Rewards Club for the annual free night certificate I get with the IHG Premier Card, which comes in handy, given IHG’s portfolio
- However, IHG’s elite perks typically aren’t competitive, and IHG is also among the most restrictive hotel programs when it comes to award availability; not only isn’t there last room availability for standard rooms, but there are blackout dates
If these Six Senses redemptions are rolled out in an attractive way, this could be a game-changer for the value of IHG points:
- Here’s to hoping that it’s eventually possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at all Six Senses properties, because there are some I’d really like to stay at
- The award pricing is highly irrational as of now, though there are already some sweet spots where there’s great value to be had
- With IHG promising dynamic award pricing, I fear we might just see each IHG point be worth a certain amount towards a Six Senses redemption
- I’m thrilled to see the InterContinental Ambassador perks being offered at Six Senses properties, and also that these will even apply when redeeming points
- It’s cool that you’ll be able to use the fourth night free perk on award stays at Six Senses properties, which will reduce the cost of redemptions by 25% on four night stays
Six Senses Botanique, Brazil
IHG has started allowing points redemptions at Six Senses properties, which is an exciting development. The program is continuing to add properties, and we’re now seeing eight Six Senses properties participate, rather than six. Hopefully that number continues to increase over time.
As of now there are some good award redemption values, so here’s to hoping that continues to be the case. If you do redeem points at a Six Senses, it’s totally worth signing up for InterContinental Ambassador for the extra perks.
What do you make of the new opportunity to redeem IHG points at Six Senses properties?