The Chase IHG card has long had one of the best annual credit card benefits, a free night valid at any IHG property worldwide. Click Here to get more details on this card and compare to other hotel cards!
Unfortunately some cardholders are reporting getting a letter that effective 5/1, annual free night certificates will be limited to properties that cost 40K points or less. That still a good value considering the card’s low annual fee ($0 intro fee, then $89
then $49), but it kills redemptions at the most aspirational properties, like those in Bora Bora.
In Israel the free night will still be valid at the Crowne Plaza Jerusalem, Crowne Plaza Eilat, Crowne Plaza Dead Sea, Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District, Crowne Plaza Haifa, Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach, and the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center.
However it will no longer be valid at the InterContinental David Tel Aviv.
Surprisingly for a change with such little advance notice, Chase is still marketing the free night as being valid at any IHG hotel. 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.
Have you received this letter from Chase yet?