Update: IHG will pause the expiration of points through 6/30/21! If you have IHG Gold, Platinum, or Spire elite status (or an IHG credit card like the Chase IHG Premier Card or Chase IHG Traveler Card which give elite status) then your points never expire.
IHG is finally extending anniversary night certificates that were set to expire on 12/31/20, but they’re doing it in a unique way.
They are adding an additional free night that will expire on 8/31/21 to accounts that haven’t used their free night, and they are leaving the free night expiring 12/31/20.
Sometimes it does pay to wait. IHG tells me that members will be able to use both of those free nights without a problem!
Other brands, including Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott, all extended their certificates expiring in 2020 several months before they were set to expire so that members wouldn’t feel pressured to use them before they expired, though none of them offered a bonus free night certificate.
As previously announced, IHG anniversary night certificates issued in 2020 will be valid for 18 months.
IHG points normally expire after 12 months of inactivity, but points expiration is currently paused through 12/31/20. An announcement will be made shortly about an extension of that pause on points expiration.
The Chase IHG Premier Card currently has a highest ever 140,000 point signup bonus and comes with annual anniversary nights. You can read more about that offer, which ends on 1/13, here.
Where will you use your IHG free nights?