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Earlier today I wrote about how a major change was made to the IHG Rewards Club Credit Card. The best benefit of this card has been that it offers an anniversary free night certificate just for paying the $49 annual fee on the card, which is a heck of a deal. You could redeem this at virtually any IHG hotel in the world, including InterContinentals that would otherwise cost up to 70,000 points per night.
That’s changing. For IHG anniversary free night certificates issued on May 1, 2018, or later, you can only redeem at properties that cost up to 40,000 points per night. IHG free night awards cost anywhere from 5,000 to 70,000 points per night, so this excludes many of IHG’s top properties.
IHG has now published a full list of properties where you can’t redeem your anniversary free night certificate. IHG has over 5,300 hotels in the world, and there are 330 hotels where you can’t redeem this certificate. Here’s the breakdown by brand:
- 1) I applied for the IHG card a couple of years ago, back when … by Katy
- InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Kansas City At The Plaza is … by Richard
- After Alaskan Airlines cards impromptu huge points hike for … by Robin
- Seriously, can only redeem for a $99 Holiday Inn Express that I … by david
- See @Stanley’s post 2 posts up. Current card $49 – a nice … by Dave – Canada
- Plus 20 more…
- Ouch: IHG To Devalue Anniversary Nights
- Why I’m Tempted To Acquire IHG Points For 0.45 Cents Each
- Why I’m Tempted To Acquire IHG Points For 0.45 Cents Each – Enclosure