IHG Publishes List of Hotels Excluded from the Free Night Certificate

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Following the disappointing recent news that IHG was devaluing the free night certificate earned with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, IHG has formalized the devaluation and published a list of hotels that you cannot use your free night certificate at. The list consists of IHG hotels that have a base redemption rate of over 40,000 points per night.


If you regularly redeemed your free night certificate at high-end IHG properties, then the list will be a heart-breaking read. Top properties like the InterContinental New York Times Square, or the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa are no longer a viable option.

Fortunately, some high-end properties have not made the list, and you can still redeem your certificate at some great properties like InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties in Madrid, Bangkok, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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  • The largest impact for me are the IC’s in NYC, DC and Boston. Looks like we’ll be staying in HI’s & HIX’s when using Certs in those cities… at least until those properties fall victim to category-creep, as well! Still, there is plenty of value left in the Certs for ICs international destinations, so for the time being, I’ll still be holding onto my Select MC.

  • This would be “OK” if IHG would allow you to supplement the free night with the necessary points to make up the difference from 40K to whatever. I’ve heard mixed info on this, but I don’t expect it to happen personally.

  • Thanks for sharing the list.

  • I am not happy with the changes, however I will keep my IHG credit card. A clean room anywhere for $49 is a great deal!

  • Thanks for the info…what a pity.

  • So if you had the old card, is the AF still $49? Or are reissuing new card and next ppl will have diff AF?
    I get the certif issues but I still see them best at using points for good hotels.

  • Although this is definitely a devaluation for those who were able to use it at the high-end properties, I never managed to do that. As one poster mentioned, a good quality room is still a great value at 49 dollars. I appreciate the extras that come with the lesser luxury hotel, such as free breakfast and free parking. A room is just where I sleep so I don’t care if it has fancier curtains etc. Of course the locations of most of those hotels on the list are the real value that we will lose.

  • Thanks for the list.

  • deerseason says:

    I have family that use the IC in NYC for free pretty often, so that’s gonna suck for them.

  • Sucks about devaluation, but it was great while it lasted. I will still keep the card.

  • Not sure if I’m going to keep my card or not. One thing is for sure…..change is gonna come.

  • I used to to redeem it in NY. .. What a pity!!

  • marcwint55 says:

    Tahiti is a big loss

  • thanks for the update

  • Not good when they make it more restrictive. Sometimes you get the feeling that they just want you to jump through hoops all the time!

  • This may be the end of the line for the IHG credit card for me.

  • Alice Chen says:

    Well, it could always be worse

  • Sad
    but thanks for the update

  • beppoello81 says:

    Too bad but not much we can do

  • The_Bouncer says:

    Just how many devaluations can IHG get away with? Ok, this one does not affect me, but IHG customers have been seriously battered in the last year or so.

  • Bad devaluation, but felt like it was bound to happen as they continued to raise the number of points for their categories.

  • So sad that no more tahiti nor bora bora….

  • B1BomberVB says:

    Re: Jamie above: When Best Western used paper certificates for free rooms (years ago,) they offered Level Adjustment Vouchers. So when somebody had a cert. for a 12K-point hotel, then wanted to stay at a 16K hotel, they could order and add a 4K Level Adjustment Voucher.

  • @miskocina says: “Sometimes you get the feeling that they just want you to jump through hoops all the time!”

    🙂 This has always been a hoops game, I’m afraid. Always need to compare programs by counting the hoops!

  • Disappointing but now at least we know for certain.

  • Guess it was not really sustainable. Was looking fwd to the new IC Maldives being built now. Decrease in perks from most cards, like CC Visa as well.

  • Def a bummer. But at least this is confirmed list.

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