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There are two IHG Rewards credit cards which offer cardholders a free night stay at any IHG property costing up to 40,000 points per night – the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and IHG Rewards Club Select credit card (not open to new applicants) – and this is a quick step-by-step guide to redeeming the IHG free night certificate once it’s loaded to your account.
Yesterday I wrote about the good news that some Chase IHG Free Night Certificates are still able to book any property in the world and, although I'd only gone through the booking process as far as the final "book reservation" button, everything looked in order and no errors occurred. The same cannot be said when just tried to complete a couple of reservations.
In mid-April, IHG confirmed that all existing free nights certificates earned via Chase credit cards would see their expiration date extended by 6 months but, when the certificates started appearing in member accounts, the few remaining certificates that would have worked at any IHG property in the world before their original expiration date could no longer book any property costing over 40,000 points. I tested this for myself.
Back in the middle of June, IHG Rewards launched a new promotion in which it offered between double and quadruple points on stays made by 8 September 2020. At the time, a major downside to the promotion was the fact that it was only open to members based in the US but, now that IHG has remembered it has members elsewhere too, the promotion is now open to all.
Yes, you're reading the headline correctly, IHG Rewards is currently happy to sell you half a million of its points at a cost of just 0.5 cents per point. This is the largest IHG Rewards Club points sale I can remember seeing (by a distance) and the cost per point matches the lowest rate at which we generally see IHG's currency sold.
I'm not exactly one of IHG biggest fans nor am I a fan of award pricing that's based on the cash price of a booking, so I've been more than a little surprised to find that I actually quite like IHG's new dynamic price awards. IHG's variable pricing may not work for everyone but, for me and for quite a few other people, it looks like it may actually improve the value we get out of IHG Rewards and, just as importantly, out of the free night certificates issued by IHG co-branded credit cards.
The IHG free night certificate that I get through my legacy IHG Rewards Club credit card expired earlier this month and disappeared from my account. IHG had already confirmed that certificates with 2020 expiration dates from 1 March onwards would be extended through December 2020 but it's only now that my replacement certificate has appeared online. That's the good news.
IHG Rewards was the first of the major hotel chains to announce measures to help its members earn and retain status when it lowered its elite status thresholds back in the second week of March. Since then, the loyalty program has lagged its competitors with most of its efforts but it has now finally caught up with the rest of the pack by announcing status extensions across the board.
Last week, I reported that IHG Rewards had contacted me to let me know that my free night certificate that had been due to expire in the middle of this month would be seeing its expiration date extended through to the end of this year and that new certificates issued in 2020 will have an 18-month expiration period. Well, IHG is already keeping the second of those promises.