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Within the past few days, IHG Rewards Club has updated their policy on where you can redeem the anniversary free night certificates that are issued in conjunction with select credit cards, including the brand new IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. In the past these certificates were valid at virtually any IHG hotel in the world, while under the new policy these certificates can only be redeemed at hotels that retail for at most 40,000 points per night.
Since IHG doesn’t publish a formal award chart, they’ve published a list of excluded properties where you can’t redeem your anniversary free night certificate. The problem is that when they published this list it just made things more confusing, rather than simpler. That’s because there were many hotels on the list that didn’t in fact retail for more than 40,000 points per night, adding further questions about what kind of restrictions there were.
Under the rules, hotels that cost 40,000 points per night or less should be bookable, while some 40,000 point per night hotels weren’t bookable. My guess was that this was an IT issue given that they were probably in a rush to get the list up.
Given how much confusion this has caused, I figured it’s worth an updated post that IHG has fixed their list of hotels that are excluded for the anniversary free night certificate. If you want a definitive list of where you can’t redeem these certificates going forward, that resource is now available. As expected, the hotels that retail for 40,000 points per night aren’t on the list anymore, so now the list should correctly reflect only the hotels that retail for more than 40,000 points.
Here’s how many hotels from each brand are on the excluded list:
- 64 InterContinentals
- 62 Kimptons
- 14 Hotel Indigos
- 2 EVENs
- 24 Crowne Plazas
- 22 Holiday Inns
- 8 Holiday Inn Expresses
- 1 Staybridge Suites
- 1 Candlewood Suites
So in total that means 198 hotels are excluded from the anniversary free night certificates, which is fewer than the 330 hotels that were on the initial list. Given that IHG has over 5,300 hotels around the world, this represents about 3.7% of their portfolio.
(Tip of the hat to Mommy Points)