IHG Extends Free Night Certificates

IHG Extends Free Night Certificates

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IHG Rewards recently revealed plans to extend elite status, and now free night certificates are being extended as well.

How IHG is extending free night certificates

IHG Rewards is extending some co-branded credit card anniversary free night certificates — free nights originally issued in 2021 will now expire on December 31, 2022. In other words, these free night certificates will have up to an additional year of validity. These extensions will be automatic, and in the coming weeks members should see the expiration dates updated in their accounts.

There are no extensions to free night certificates issued in 2020. As a reminder, free night certificates originally issued in 2020 now expire on December 31, 2021.

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 Platinum status, and a lot more.

With IHG Rewards now having dynamic award pricing, it means that the free night certificates can be redeemed at select properties on some dates, but not others. I’ve found the dynamic award pricing to work out quite well for these certificates, as they can now be used at some hotels that previously weren’t bookable with them. For example, I recently used a free night certificate to book the Kimpton EPIC Miami, as it was pricing at under 40,000 points per night for the day I was looking at.

Bottom line

IHG free night certificates issued in 2021 have been extended once again. Those issued this year are now valid through December 31, 2022. Since they’re usually valid for one year, this means the extensions are for anywhere from a few days to a full year.

Will you benefit from IHG extending free night certificates?

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  1. Mike Guest

    Are they doing it in stages? When I log in, it still says for my certificate "Book between 03/12/2021 - 03/12/2022." I'd love it to be extended!

  2. tassojunior Guest

    very sneaky way of letting 2020-issued certs expire.

    Marriott just honestly extended all RNA's. Shame on IHG

  3. Phil Young Guest

    I logged into my IHG account and found that the free night certificate from IHG Premier card issued in August 2020 has the expiration date of March 04, 2022, not December 31, 2021. Is this something exceptional?

    1. Jeff Guest

      My cert given on 8-10-2020 is expiring in February of 2022. I guess it depends on when it was issued.

    2. Eskimo Guest

      I believe 2020 issued certificate is valid for 18 months, not 12 month and not Dec 31.

  4. Sammy Guest

    No love for non-elites as there’s no extension of points expiration date. P2’s expire at the end of the year.

    1. mdande7 Gold

      if you have a card just make a small purchase, that should extend it.

  5. 100K Guest

    IHG website/account never shows the expiration date, just the booking dates.

    1. Khatl Gold

      The last booking date is also the cert expiration date. If you try to apply the cert for a reservation after the last booking date, it won't let you (it used to let you book up thru the last booking date for any date available thereafter, but they curtailed that a while back)

  6. Khatl Gold

    I'm sure they'll spin this as "this additional benefit to loyal members who have found it difficult to travel.... blah" is indicative of their lack of customer-centric service.

    They've known about members sitting on tons of certs for months, but rather than give customers time to plan, IHG decided to leave it until almost the latest time possible to make this change.

    I had a # expiring the end of this year, and...

    I'm sure they'll spin this as "this additional benefit to loyal members who have found it difficult to travel.... blah" is indicative of their lack of customer-centric service.

    They've known about members sitting on tons of certs for months, but rather than give customers time to plan, IHG decided to leave it until almost the latest time possible to make this change.

    I had a # expiring the end of this year, and already rearranged hotels in Sep/Oct for Dec trips from Unbound to Intercontinental in order to use my free certs up. Thanks for making me waste my time, IHG

    1. Eskimo Guest

      What are you whining about?
      If they wanted you to keep them, they would give them without expiration.

      "They've known about members sitting on tons of certs for months, but rather than give customers time to plan, IHG decided to leave it until almost the latest time possible to make this change."
      -You had at least a year to plan and use it.

      "I had a # expiring the end of this year,...

      What are you whining about?
      If they wanted you to keep them, they would give them without expiration.

      "They've known about members sitting on tons of certs for months, but rather than give customers time to plan, IHG decided to leave it until almost the latest time possible to make this change."
      -You had at least a year to plan and use it.

      "I had a # expiring the end of this year, and already rearranged hotels in Sep/Oct for Dec trips from Unbound to Intercontinental in order to use my free certs up."
      -You planned and used it.

      Do you also whine about vaccines or masks?
      Gov't knows the public is wearing masks for months, but rather than give public time to plan, CDC decided to leave it until almost the latest time possible to make this change.
      Isn't it the same.

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tassojunior Guest

very sneaky way of letting 2020-issued certs expire. Marriott just honestly extended all RNA's. Shame on IHG

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Eskimo Guest

I believe 2020 issued certificate is valid for 18 months, not 12 month and not Dec 31.

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Mike Guest

Are they doing it in stages? When I log in, it still says for my certificate "Book between 03/12/2021 - 03/12/2022." I'd love it to be extended!

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