The Chase IHG card has long had one of the best annual credit card benefits, a free night every card anniversary valid at any IHG property worldwide.
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Previously, I wrote how the anniversary night was going to be restricted to properties that cost 40K points per night or less for certificates issued on 5/1/18 or later. That excludes most of the nicer Kimpton and IHG hotels.
In that post I wrote, “Perhaps there’s a chance that Chase will give one renewal certificate valid at all properties to new cardholders? Otherwise, it sure seems like they would have a valid claim if they applied for a card that promised a renewal certificate good for any property and were then told that there will be a cap.”
And now Chase is partially relenting. They confirmed to me that if you opened or will open an IHG card from 1/1/18-4/5/18, you will get a free night on your card anniversary that is valid at any IHG hotel, including those in Bora Bora, Hong Kong, London, and Paris that go for 70K points per night.
I have no idea why they won’t honor the unrestricted certificate for people that opened an IHG card from May-December 2017, as they too will not be able to take advantage of the unrestricted benefit even once. You should definitely write to Chase for clarification if you fall within that group as it seems illogical for them to be excluded.
Otherwise, you can still apply now and get 80K points for spending $2,000. Click Here to get more details on this card and compare to other hotel cards!
You’ll also get an unrestricted anniversary night in 2019 and an anniversary night at properties up to 40K points in subsequent years. Properties that cost up to 40K include the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach, Crowne Plaza Jerusalem, Crowne Plaza Eilat, Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino, Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All Inclusive, Holiday Inn Potts Point Sydney, Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort, InterContinental Bangkok, Kimpton Schofield Hotel Cleveland, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore, Holiday Inn Miami Beach-Oceanfront, and more.
The IHG card is not subject to 5/24 restrictions, so you can get approved even if you have opened 5 or more consumer cards in the past 24 months.
Will you apply for an IHG card to take advantage of the unrestricted anniversary night?