Posted by William Charles on April 2, 2018
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Published on April 2nd, 2018 | by William Charles

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Negative Changes To Chase IHG Free Night Certificate – Limited To Properties Under 40,000 Points

Chase has sent out a letter to IHG Rewards Club Select credit cardholders informing them that on May 1st, 2018 the anniversary free night benefit is being devalued. Currently the free night certificate can be used on any IHG property worldwide, certificates issued after May 1st, 2018 will only be able to be used on properties that cost up to and including 40,000 points per night.

This is a significant negative devaluation as this benefit previously could be used on properties that cost 70,000 points per night. I suspect the majority of the best places to use your free night certificate will no longer be eligible after this change.  The Chase IHG card comes with a $49 annual fee and making the decision to keep the card has always been easy due to this benefit, this change will make that decision significantly harder for cardholders. It’ll be interesting if the same restriction is in place on the IHG Premier card when it launches or not (update: As reader Richard points out it likely will have the same restriction as the website detailing this change has the Premier card pictured).

Hat tip to reader Alex



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Bad
Bad

Such a bad change. All good things must come to an end.

Mark
Mark

I signed up for this card last year and haven’t received my first free night certificate yet…Feeling pretty cheated right now.

Peter
Peter

All hope is not yet lost if you haven’t received the letter. All the letter data points I’ve seen have been people like myself who have had the card at least a year. I suspect people who signed up in the past year may not get the letter until they after they pass their first year and get their first free night, but time shall tell. Add your data point if you get it.

scott
scott

My wife has had the card for several years and she hasn’t received the letter.

Ty
Ty

My wife has had the card for less than a year (since August) and got the letter. I’ve had the card for over a year and a half and got the letter too. Seems to be affecting everyone. Really bummed out about the change.

Jon
Jon

Got mine in July of 17 and I got a letter

bullfrog23414
bullfrog23414

Signed up last May and I received the letter today. Pretty sure that hope is indeed lost.

SkinnyElvis
SkinnyElvis

I got the card in November and got the letter today.

fishy
fishy

You only get the certificate starting from your 2nd year holding the card (min 1 year). On the first year you get the opening bonus instead.

Mark
Mark

I’m aware, but thx.

Richard
Richard

The fine print with the notice directs you to visit IHG.com/AnniversaryFreeNight “for a list of hotels that do not accept the Anniversary Free Night certificate.” If you visit that page, it actually uses the new IHG Premier card in the header picture, which seems like a pretty strong indication that the Premier will have the same restriction.

Randy
Randy

Wife and I signed up on 5/26/2017. Was really looking forward to the free nights. Seems like bad form that they would not allow this benefit to be used the first time. Seems like a bait and switch although I guess I don’t have to keep it. Bummer.

Sam
Sam

Well its only a benefit after card renewal, so its not like you are being cheated on a benefit you already paid for. People on here seem to have that attitude

alvinroast
alvinroast

I don’t feel cheated even though our renewal dates are in June and July, but I do understand the feeling people have of being cheated.

We only keep our cards open for the free night benefit. The cost to us is minor in that we have been keeping the cards open unnecessarily. On the plus side, that will free up a spot for any new cards that aren’t 5/24.

Kimillionaire
Kimillionaire

This is a disappointment but not a surprise. Husband and I both have this card, and we’ll just enjoy our weekend at the Venetian a little more this year knowing that it’ll be our last.

DWT
DWT

The brochure that Chase sent with the letter details the revised benefit and includes that same “eligible hotels worldwide” (with a footnote) language that we saw earlier with the leaked Chase IHG Premier card screenshot. So I’m thinking that at a minimum, we’re going to see the Premier card’s annual free night capped at some level. (Here’s hoping it’s at least a higher category?)

DWT
DWT

Want to add: the brochure also directs to a new web page that lists all the *excluded* hotels: http://www.ihg.com/anniversaryfreenight

UNFORTUNATELY the card art that appears on this page is of the new Premier card

Avi
Avi

What’s interesting is the wording on the site, “Below is a list of hotels whose redemption threshold is higher than 40,000 points.”. However – some of the listed properties there are 40k/night properties. Such as 4 of the Holiday Inn properties listed in London.

PJM
PJM

Seems like a shortsighted move since for many, the one free night is in addition to one or more paid nights at a premium rate that IHG will now be missing out on.

Wany
Wany

This is obviously disappointing. The 40k points line seems low considering IHG just raised the points needed for many hotels, raising top hotels to 70k per night. They also devalued points break and raised ambassador program points price from 24k to 40k. This basically ruled out all decent intercontinental properties and most properties in the center of major cities. All of these rapid devaluation plus weak elite recognition made IHG really not worth it at the moment.

Wany
Wany

Also, this may be the meaning of the “eligible” hotels on the new IHG Premier card…..

86
86

+1

Frank
Frank

I have had the card for 3 years now and I received the letter. I will cancel my card right away and I hope everyone else does.
This is ridiculous. If they gave a 1 year notice then sure, but 30 days? No thank you.
Nowadays you can buy those 40K points for so cheap its not worth keeping this card.

Sam
Sam

Ok so this is a benefit that you get at the beginning of your card renewal year. Any certificates issued before the change will be valid at all properties. So you are complaining and saying its ridiculous that they are neutering a benefit that you havent even paid for yet. Get a grip, this sucks and makes it unattractive to renew the card, but its certainly not ridiculous or unfair in any way

Alex
Alex

You don’t “pay” for benefits and a 30 day notice prior to canceling the most attractive feature of the card most certainly is ridiculous and unfair. Your attitude is piss poor and not at all in line with this community or it’s values. If you want to be a shill for corporate profiteering you should go elsewhere.

Sam
Sam

you dont get it. you seem to think you are entitled to something that you arent. the benefit is not changing in anybody’s current card year. it is only when you are up for renewal and will choose to renew or not renew that this change will take place. credit card companies dont owe people future benefits for future years of membership. in this case, nobody is getting something taken away from them or having the terms changed on something they already paid for

DaVe
DaVe

40,000 points for a $49/year fee = $.12/point. I’ve never seen IHG points that cheap before.

DaVe
DaVe

Can’t edit – hat should be .12 cents per point or $0.0012

Navy Diver
Navy Diver

40,000 points — cheapest price has been .50/cents on the dollar = $200… For $49/year you are still benefiting $50-150+/year if played right… Not the $250-300 of past but yes Chase is reducing their perks at the same time IHG has continued to devalue their points which is a double blow… Hotel that we have stayed at has gone from 15,000 to 25,000 to 35,000 to 40,000 to now 50,000 redemption… IHG is no better than HHonors anymore..

P
P

This is the only Mastercard I have that’s more than a year old. I think Visa and Amex are good enough without Mastercard.

Does anyone have a link to the list of hotels costing 40k or fewer points?
I can’t find it on their site and google is useless.

Roy
Roy

try using http://awardmapper.com/ and set limit to 40k points or less.

P
P

Thanks!

P
P

It doesn’t seem to be updated. It’s saying the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber is 40,0000. It hasn’t been 40,000 in a while and before it left the program it was 50,000 points. It doesn’t have the Holiday Inn Waikiki as well which has been around since last year. I believe all the Holiday Inns in San Francisco are now 50k, not 40k.

MrDioji
MrDioji

Unfortunately, Awardmapper is very outdated

Ryan
Ryan

I am using my leftover free night cert in the middle of May, I get my next cert June 2nd or something like that. This card will be leaving my wallet I expect, every hotel I would use this at is over 40k, I just looked at the hotel I booked in May, 65000 points. I had 4 others that I was considering, every single one was 50 or 55k.

The only hotels I see available where I am looking are over 50k except for 3, two holiday inns and a crowne plaza. Gee thanks.

I’m Spire Elite Ambassador and I believe this is the end for me. Just got a Marriott card, think I am jumping over there now.

Chandra
Chandra

Only reason I was keeping the card was for the free night at Venetian. Guess its getting canceled annual fee time

Rob
Rob

I can’t believe I just wasted a credit pull on this flaming piece of garbage.

Sarah
Sarah

Dude, it’s one credit pull. CALM THE FUCK DOWN

Doug
Doug

Dude, it’s one credit pull. CALM DOWN

Rob
Rob

Nah, I’m pretty happy with my anger, so I’m sticking with it. It was a scummy move. It’s like buying a car and showing up to pick it up on cinder blocks as they inform you that the fine print said they may decide not to include tires at any time.

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

Or showing up at the dealership and finding out you have to pay for that truecoat because it is put on at the factory.

Nick
Nick

Curious what the upgrade offer will be to the Premier card.

alvinroast
alvinroast

This is what’s important now.

Jeff
Jeff

Have had the card since December 2014. I’m on my 3rd unrestricted free night which was awarded in December 2017. Have not received a letter yet.

Elias
Elias

Just wait until tomorrow. I was on the same boat. Just got my USPS delivery notification

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