Over the past few days we’ve seen hotel groups start to extend status by a year, as both Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt have announced such initiatives. So far IHG Rewards Club has only reduced status requirements, though I’d guess more is coming.
On the plus side, IHG has announced plans to extend free night certificates, offered with IHG’s co-branded credit cards. Let’s look at what you need to know, because with IHG this is something that I personally care more about than a status extension.
How IHG is extending free night certificates
IHG Rewards Club is extending the expiration of anniversary free night certificates, as follows:
- Certificates expiring from March 1, 2020, onwards, can be used through at least December 31, 2020
- Certificates issued in 2020 will have an 18 month redemption period
The best card for earning IHG free night certificates
The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review) is one of my all around favorite hotel credit cards, as it offers an anniversary free night certificate on your account anniversary every year, valid at properties costing up to 40,000 points.
That’s only one of the many benefits of the card, as it also offers a fourth night free on award redemptions, IHG Rewards Club Platinum status, and a lot more. The card is also offering a welcome bonus of 140K points at the moment, which is among the best we’ve ever seen.
I’m surprised IHG hasn’t extended elite status for this year, given that they have among the weakest elite benefits of any hotel group. Personally I don’t care that much about that, since I get Platinum status with the IHG Premier Card.
What I care most about is that free night certificates are extended, and that is indeed happening.
Will you benefit from IHG extending free night certificates?