The Best Uses of The IHG Free Anniversary Night
***UPDATE*** Starting with free night certificates issued after May 1st, 2019, you can only redeem them at properties costing up to 40,000 IHG points per night. For more information on this, see our post here
A few weeks ago, we outlined the benefits of the IHG Credit Card. Our favorite benefit the card offers is the annual IHG free anniversary night at any property in their portfolio. This is earned each year on your cardmember anniversary, and considering the annual fee on the credit card is only $49, this is an incredible deal.
Below, I will highlight some of our favorite properties that offer fabulous value for your IHG free anniversary night.
Generally speaking, InterContinental hotels are going to be the nicest in IHG’s portfolio. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa is no exception to that, as a paid night at the property starts around $900 US. If your goal is to stay in an overwater bungalow, this is a great way to do it. Enjoy everything from scuba diving to sunset cruises on the surrounding reefs. It’s the perfect setting in which to experience the beauty of the South Pacific.
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Intercontinental Amsterdam is an incredibly beautiful property. The building features original 19th century staircases, chandeliers and elegant marble floors. Cash rates for a night at the property are typically around $400 to $500 a night.
This redemption won’t be for everybody, but it is hard to argue with the value you can get from your IHG free anniversary night. You are able to book a stay at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan on New Year’s Eve with your free night. I just checked and rates for December 31st, 2018 are at $1,960 a night. If you want to experience New Year’s Eve in Time Square, this is a great way to do it on the cheap.
Another great option for this redemption is the InterContinental New York Times Square. The cash price for New Year’s Eve starts at $1,597.
Recognized as one of the world’s top hotels, The InterContinental Hong Kong is known for it’s fantastic location on the Kowloon waterfront. A paid night at the property will typically run you between $200 and $500 a night and is located near fantastic entertainment and shopping districts.
One of my favorite ways to save money in Las Vegas is to use my IHG free anniversary night at the Palazzo or its sister property the Venetian. In my opinion, the Palazzo is one of the nicest hotels on the Las Vegas strip. All of the rooms are suites, and it is hard to argue with the location. A cash night at the property will typically run between $200 and $400 a night.
Given how expensive Paris Hotels can be, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand is another great use of your IHG free anniversary night. The hotel offers superb views of the world famous Palais Garnier and is surrounded by many incredible restaurants. A paid night at the property will typically run between $250 to $400 a night.
London and cheap are not often mentioned in the same sentence. For this reason, the InterContinental London Park Lane is a fabulous use of the IHG free anniversary night. The hotel’s rooms have views of two famous parks and Hyde Park Corner. A paid night at the property would typically run between $500 and $700 a night.
- Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive
- InterContinental Tokyo
- InterContinental Willard Washington DC
- InterContinental Geneve
- Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa, MX All-Inclusive
- InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
- InterContinental Sydney
- Kimpton Hotels (Recent Loyalty Program Merger)
These are just a few of our favorite redemption options for the IHG free anniversary night provided by the IHG Credit Card. In my opinion, it is one of the best benefits offered by any travel rewards credit card. With an annual fee of only $49, the card is a no-brainer, and the reason I continue to hold this credit card.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.