Using Rewards Points for Hotel Stays
IHG has 12 regular categories. In order to see the points required for a hotel, just do a hotel booking and select “Reward Nights.”
- 10,000 (Category 1)
- 15,o00 (Category 2)
- 20,000 (Category 3)
- 25,000 (Category 4)
- 30,000 (Category 5)
- 35,000 (Category 6)
- 40,000 (Category 7)
- 45,000 (Category 8)
- 50,000 (Category 9)
- 55,000 (Category 10)
- 60,000 (Category 11)
- 70,000 (Category 12)
New IHG Free Night Certificate Restriction
- The new IHG credit card gets you a free night at any hotel under 40,000 points. Here’s a list of hotels that you cannot use your free night certificate to stay.
Old IHG Free Night Certificate
The old IHG credit card had the amazing benefit of a free certificate of a free night at any IHG hotel for only a $49 annual fee. Certificates issued before May 31, 2019, can still get this amazing benefit.
- Validity– One year from day issued. The fine print states that the stay must be completed within the validity date, but many people are able to make a reservation within the validity date for a stay outside of the validity date (e.g. certificate expires in May and you book in April for a stay in June). However, if you ever need to make a change to that reservation, you would lose the certificate. (For stays within the validity dates, you can cancel and rebook with the certificate).
- Availability– You can only use the free night certificate when it is possible to book a hotel with points.
- Cardmembers– After your free night is issued, you can cancel your IHG credit card at a later date and keep the free night. (Chase does reimburse annual fees within 60 days of being billed for it).
- Recommendation: I try to at least get $250 in value from the Free Night Certificate. I target Intercontinental (“IC”), Kimpton, and Hotel Indigo properties in large cities or resort locations. Some good deals:
- Beach: Crowne Plaza Key West, IC Cozumel, Kimpton Grand Cayman, or IC San Juan
- Europe: IC Paris, IC London, IC Amsterdam, IC Geneve, Hotel Indigo London, Hotel Indigo Milan, or IC Carlton Cannes,
- United States: IC The Willard Washington D.C., Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago, IC Time Square, IC Barclay (NYC), IC Boston, IC Monterrey, The Palazzo (Las Vegas), or Los Angeles (IC, Hotel Indigo, or Kimpton hotels are usually $250+)
- Asia/Oceania: IC Hong Kong, IC Sydney, IC Bora Bora (award space is extremely limited), IC Ishigaki Resort (Okinawa), or IC Danang Resort (Vietnam).