[Points Expiration Paused Through June!] IHG Extends Anniversary Night Certificates And Gives Bonus Free Night!

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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?

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Danfan5773

What’s happening with IHG points? my 60k points are expiring 12/31

Amy

That really makes me angry. I used mine for a $100/night stay because I had no expensive travel coming up and when I called they said it wasn’t going to be extended.

Ed

I risked it and waited. it paid off.

Richard

Why are you angry? That night still would have expired 12/31/20 if you hadn’t used it. You now have or soon will have a new free night valid to 8/31/21.

Harry

Members will be able to use both of those free nights without a problem. I was already used my expiring one for Miami next week and I used the new one for Amsterdam in June

Ash

@Dan my Chase free night expiring 12/31 is Valid at any hotel without 40k cap. Did IHG make it clear that the additional free night they’re issuing will be of equal value and valid at any hotel?

allen

Does IHG issue additional free night certificate for existing certificate that expires early next year like 3/31/2021? thanks

josh

I used my set to expire 2020 night but it seems that my set to expire 2021 night is extended until 2022!

Should mean that I will have 2 nights to use by july 2021

A

Wow I really lucked out here. Decided yesterday to drive down to FL from NYC. Last night I went to book a Kimpton stay in Georgia with my free night cert and saw I had an extra IHG cert. Now this makes sense!

Yaakov

My night expiring December 31 has not been updated nor another night added.

Mike

A little confused by this wording:
“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.”.
So, the free night that was supposed to expire on 12/31/20 is not expiring until 8/31/21? And you get another night free?
Or is it that the night expiring on 12/31/20 is still expiring on 12/31/20, but they are offering a different night free that expires on 8/31/21?

Jason

I have 2 IHG credit cards. I don’t think I used any of those free nights in 2020. My account is showing mine expire in Jan 2022 and Sept 2022, but not showing a free night expiring 12/31/20.

V

same here on my account.

ihg user

is there a way for me to sell my ihg points?

David

Mine is attached to a reservation in March, will I be eligible for the free night?

anon

if I don’t use my night expiring on 12/31 I will loose it ?

Nolad

Use it now to make a reservation for sometime in 2021

observer

does gold elite status avoid points expiring?

kachnik

Yes

Agnes

I cancelled my booking today, got 2 unlimited certificate back the same day: one 12/31/20 expiration date and the additional 8/31/21.

AC

IHG just sent out email 10 min ago. confirming that the “extension” is adding a new cert ending on 8/31/21.

so anyone with ones remaining till 12/31/20 can still use it this year.

Kat

Can a certificate expiring 12/31 be used for a 12/31-1/1 stay? I had three certificates on my account (one expiring 12/31) and when I booked a 12/31 night, it used the one expiring August 2021. Thanks!

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