The (Roughly) 200 IHG Hotels Where You Can’t Use Free Night Certificates

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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. 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.