Free Night Certificate Reprieve For IHG Credit Card Holders

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Holders of the now unavailable IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card will be happy to hear that IHG and Chase, have rolled back on the devaluation of the annual Free Night certificate that comes with card membership. The news was confirmed by IHG Service via twitter, and you will be able to redeem your certificate at any IHG hotel through May 1, 2019, for an available room through the end of the schedule.

Free Night Certificate reprieve from IHG
Free Night Certificate reprieve from IHG

Which Cards Are Affected?

The reprieve only affects the old IHG Rewards Card which is no longer available to new applicants. Both the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and the IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card are not affected by this change. The Free Night certificate from the IHG Rewards Premier Card is still restricted to hotels that cost 40,000 points or less per night, which leaves out most of IHG’s best properties worldwide.

Our Take

It is great that Chase and IHG have temporarily backtracked on the devaluation, and given cardholders a year’s notice. If you were thinking of upgrading your card to the IHG Rewards Premier Card, it might be worth holding on to the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, until you have received your certificate and used it before upgrading.

Source: Points With A Crew

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  • bulstrode says:

    What a nice news! And come very handy!

  • Glad they softened the blow somewhat of the devaluation. If I had just renewed my card I would have been upset.

  • Jacqueline says:

    Great to see this reprieve, the free night is one of the better perks.

  • Thanks for the tip to hold on to Rewards Club Select Credit Card

  • nice to have this returned

  • I’m glad IHG & Chase decided to do the right thing.
    Thanks for the post!

  • Woohoo! This is great news!!

  • Glad they backtracked…this is good customer service!

  • Great decision on their part

  • Lillian Dikovitsky says:

    This is great news. We used my husband’s certificate In April for Kimpton Monaco in Washington DC. I I got my own card just before they made the initial announcement.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    I thought they would backtrack on this. Too much backlash and loss of business, due to this and other hatchet jobs.

  • Maryjane says:

    This is great news. Last year I used my free night certificate at a Kimpton (Very soon after we became eligible to redeem award nights at Kimptons.) It was a lovely experience and I looked forward to doing it again. Then came new news of the capped award night and Kimptons were too expensive to qualify. I look forward to using it again this year. As the article says, it’s a good reason to hold on to the old card, even if we decide to get the new card.

  • I was under the impressions that the cert only needed to be issued to one’s account by 05/01/2019, not actually *used* by 05/01/2019?

  • Good move.

  • Sounds good Howie, thanks for confirming!

  • This is how it should have been in the first place.

  • @JL says: “I’m glad IHG & Chase decided to do the right thing.”

    Hard to keep my cynic in check all the time. 🙂 Should we allow for the fact that this could have been the plan the entire time? Wonder what current Public Relations thinking is. Is it better to demonstrate a reversal and seem responsive to your customers or just do the smaller change outright? All I’m noting is that perhaps this approach leaves customers feeling better.

  • It is good they are now giving some notice, but it still is quite a devaluation.

  • I’m glad that they decided this. I did not take advantage of the IHG card in time :o( Oh well. I think it’s still a good card to have.
    Would it still be just as good/better or worse that Hyatt, Marriott and/or Hilton, now? If you had no loyalty to a hotel, which card would you have?

    • If I had no loyalty, I would look at the properties for destinations that I want to visit, and then match up with a program that makes sense. Start with a goal, and then pick the product.

  • AWESOME NEWS! I love it

  • This sounds great!

  • Hooray! Great News! Thanks for posting this!

  • Just received a mailer offering 5000 points to upgrade my Select MC to the new Premier card… no thanks, I’ll take another free night cert, thank you very much.

  • miskocina says:

    It’s great that they actually realise that this was an important benefit for some. Well done!

  • Great news! Thanks for sharing!

  • I have religiously used my annual certificate to rest my head after Oktoberfest at an Intercontinental. They just changed it to a Renaissance. At least i should be able to stay there once the new starwood amex free night kicks in.

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