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I’ve written extensively about the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which is one of the most all around rewarding hotel credit cards out there.
The card comes with a sign-up bonus where you can earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchase in the first 3 months of account opening, provided you haven’t received the bonus in the past 24 months. And the annual fee on the card is also a super-low $49, though it’s waived the first year. You can also earn 5 points per $1 spent when you stay at IHG hotels.
This sign-up bonus is limited time, though was recently extended through May 31, 2015.
There are three most awesome benefits that come with this card:
- You get an anniversary free night certificate every year, which is valid at any IHG property worldwide, pending availability; given IHG’s global footprint, that should justify the card for just about anyone, given the annual fee is only $49
- You get IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card, which gets you bonus points, room upgrades, etc.
- You get a 10% rebate on points redemptions, for up to 100,000 points back each year
So let’s talk specifically about the first benefit for a moment, as I recently reached my account anniversary date on the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card. Therefore the annual free night certificate was recently deposited into my account.
How does the booking process of the annual free night certificate work?
To access your IHG Rewards Club Anniversary Free Night Certificate, simply log into your IHG Rewards Club account and click on the “My Account” section.
Then on the left side you’ll see a section which reads “Free Night Status.” You’ll want to click on that.
Alternatively you can just follow this link and log into your account.
That will bring you to the Chase Anniversary Free Night certificate, including the link to click in order to complete your booking.
Here are the terms associated with redeeming the free night certificate:
Chase Anniversary Free Night is valid at hotels in the IHG® Rewards Club Family of Brands and must be redeemed, and stay must be completed, within 12 months from date of issue. Anniversary Free Night is valid for one standard room night rate and applicable taxes only. Rooms are limited, subject to prior sale and availability of allocated resources and may be unavailable during high demand periods. Anniversary Free Night may not be transferred, extended beyond the expiration date, redeemed for cash, or re-credited for points. Individual hotel’s cancellation policy applies to the use of the Anniversary Free Night. Cancellation fees apply if cancellation is made outside of the hotel’s cancellation time period. Anniversary Free Night rules and regulations are subject to change. Chase is not responsible for offer fulfillment.
Once you enter a destination you’ll see all the options for redeeming your certificate. As a reminder, you have to stay within 12 months of the date that the voucher is issued.
Availability using the free night certificate should be the same as if you’re redeeming IHG Rewards Club points. For example, I had no trouble finding availability at the InterContinental London Park Lane for a date I’ll be in London, where the rate would otherwise be 379GBP for the night.
After selecting the hotel I was brought to a page where I could confirm the room, which came with a “standard” cancellation policy.
If you need to cancel your stay the free night certificate goes back into your account, assuming it wouldn’t have otherwise expired.
The process of redeeming the free night issued with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card is super easy, and can be done directly on ihg.com.
Given that IHG has over 4,000 properties around the world, almost everyone should get value out of this benefit, given that a stay at just about any property would cost more than $49 per night.
This benefit is only one of several reasons that I hold onto the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, though don’t much spend at all on the card.
Where have you redeemed your IHG free night certificate?