In early April, IHG made some major changes to the anniversary free night certificate offered on their co-branded credit card. Previously the anniversary free night certificate had no cap, meaning you could redeem at any IHG hotel with award availability. IHG hotels retail for up to 70,000 points per night nowadays, so that’s quite a value.
However, with this change, IHG only lets you redeem at properties that retail for up to 40,000 points per night. That’s potentially still an excellent deal, given that this covers a vast majority of properties. Obviously this benefit was a major reason that a lot of people got the card.
To ease the pain of that adjustment, they said they’d honor the uncapped anniversary free night certificate for the first year for those who got the card between January 1 and April 5, 2018.
While that was better than nothing, that didn’t particularly make sense. That essentially meant that those who got the card last April through last December wouldn’t ever get an uncapped free night certificate, while those who applied this January through April would. I suspect this was just an oversight and that they weren’t fully thinking it through.
It appears that’s exactly what happened — IHG has confirmed on Twitter that all IHG Rewards Club Select Card free night certificates issued before May 1, 2019, will be unrestricted.
For reference, here’s the question IHG was asked:
heard rumor that all Chase free night certificates issued before May 1, 2019 will be unrestricted. Can you confirm this info?
And heres the answer:
That’s right! IHG with Chase recently made the decision to award one more uncapped Anniversary Free Night to every IHG Rewards Club Select Cardholders. This means that their recently awarded or upcoming free night CAN be used at any IHG hotel worldwide. – Tracy
That's right! IHG with Chase recently made the decision to award one more uncapped Anniversary Free Night to every IHG Rewards Club Select Cardholders. This means that their recently awarded or upcoming free night CAN be used at any IHG hotel worldwide. – Tracy https://t.co/2rT0l9N9Cu
— IHG Service (@IHGService) May 4, 2018
As far as I’m concerned, this was the right thing to do, and I’m thrilled to see they made that change. It looks like everyone will get at least one more uncapped anniversary free night certificate after that announcement was made.
The old IHG Select Card is no longer being issued to new cardmembers, but rather the new IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card has been introduced and is open to applications. This card is quite compelling as well, as it has an $89 annual fee and offers a fourth night free on award bookings, an anniversary free night certificate valid at properties retailing for up to 40,000 points, IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card, a TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry fee credit every four years, and more.
Will you benefit from this change to the IHG free night certificate?
(Tip of the hat to @IadisGr8)