IHG officially (finally) extending free night certificates

In light of all the elite status, free nights, and points expiration extensions that hotel groups like Hyatt and Hilton have implemented due to COVID-19, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has officially (and finally) announced that they will be extending anniversary free night certificates that come with their co-branded Chase credit cards.  Before, IHG members had to contact customer service, and they were being handed 6-month extensions.  But now, IHG has announced the following extensions:

  • Certificates expiring from March 1, 2020, onwards, can be used through at least December 31, 2020
  • Certificates issued in 2020 will have an 18 month redemption period
The anniversary free nights, which can be used at any hotel that costs up to 40,000 points per night, is one of the best values in the hotel industry.  The discontinued IHG Club Card came with just a $49 annual fee, and the current IHG Premier card comes with an $89 annual fee, automatic Platinum elite status, and a $100 Global Entry credit.

Quick thoughts

It's good to finally see IHG extend their free night certificate expirations.  Before, IHG had only officially announced lower 2020 elite qualification requirements.  As the hotel groups have implemented more comprehensive extensions like elite status expiration, I would surmise that more is still to come from IHG.

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