With nearly 6,000 properties worldwide and a continuously expanding portfolio of luxury properties, you’re likely to come across IHG hotels whenever you’re planning out a trip.
If you’re a cardholder of an eligible IHG co-branded credit card, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with IHG Anniversary Free Nights, which are the chain’s version of similar free night certificates issued by Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt.
How to Earn IHG Anniversary Free Nights
For Canadians, it’s worth noting that IHG Anniversary Free Nights are only accessible to those who have gotten started with US credit cards; however, it’s a relatively simple strategy to set up as a one-time task before reaping the rewards year after year.
1. Chase IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card
Applying for the flagship Chase IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card is one of the easiest ways to earn Anniversary Free Nights every year.
Simply by holding the card, you’ll immediately earn an Anniversary Free Night worth up to 40,000 IHG One Rewards points. Despite the cap on how many points the Anniversary Free Night can be redeemed for, the redemption can be topped up with additional points for a more expensive award.
The annual fee on the card is $99 (all figures in USD); however, the Anniversary Free Night every year should more than outweigh the fee, and is a great reason to keep the card past the first year once the welcome bonus is collected.
2. Chase IHG One Rewards Premier Business Credit Card
The Chase IHG One Rewards Premier Business Credit Card is the co-branded business card in Chase’s IHG portfolio, offering a second avenue to earning up to two Anniversary Free Nights every year.
The annual fee for the Chase IHG Rewards Premier Business Card is also $99, and once again, you’ll get an Anniversary Free Night simply by holding the card.
Furthermore, you can earn a second Anniversary Free Night upon spending $60,000 (USD) on the card every calendar year. Unfortunately, this probably isn’t really worth pursuing unless you have significant business spending to put on the card and you’re particularly loyal to IHG.
How to Redeem IHG Anniversary Free Nights
IHG Anniversary Free Nights are automatically deposited into your account 12 months after opening the card, and are valid for 12 months after the date of issue (i.e., your stay must take place on a date within that…