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One of the best perks of the IHG Rewards Club Select Visa credit card is that you receive a free night annually. This free night gets deposited to your account on your card members first anniversary and every year there after (and doesn’t expire until a year after you receive it!).
While there are other credit cards that give you a free night annually (i.e., Marriott and Hyatt), the free night earned from the IHG card is the only one where there is no restriction on the hotel it can be redeemed at. I still like and appreciate the free night given from the Marriott and Hyatt card, but Marriott is capped at a category 5 and Hyatt is capped at a category 4. The IHG free night night can be used at ANY InterContinental Hotels Group hotel (which includes: InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel indigo, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites). This includes anything from a $79/night Holiday Inn Express in Ohio to a $800/night InterContinental Hotel in Bora Bora! All categories are included which is AMAZING!
In theory though, you really are paying $49 for this free night as this is the annual fee of the credit card. This is not a card I would personally use for every day spend, but a card I’d keep in my sock draw solely for the free night annually. As always though, it is only worth it if you will be able to utilize the free night on an annual basis. Even if you cannot use it at an expensive hotel, as long as you get a $49+ value out of the free night, you are ahead!
The current sign up offer for this card is 60,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within the first three months. With this card you get 5 points per dollar at any IHG hotel, 2 points per dollar spend on gas, groceries, and dining, and 1 point on everything else. Another great perk of this card is when you use your points to redeem for a free night you’ll get a 10% rebate on the points redeemed back into your account within 4-6 weeks after your stay. You also get IHG Platinum status with this card although I do not put much value on that status.
This is one of my favorite credit cards to keep year after year. My husband and I applied for the card at the same time so every year we have two free nights we can use at any IHG hotel! This is a card that is not talked about often, but in my opinion has huge value. Especially with the current sign up bonus. If you have this card, where have you used your free night?
Related blog posts about the InterContinental Hotels Group loyalty program:
- Free Night Annually with the IHG Credit Card
- Various Ways to Earn IHG Points
- Understanding IHG PointBreak Offers
- Earning Status with IHG and What Does it Get You
- IHG Rewards Club Select Visa Credit Card – Earn 60,000 points after you spend $1,000 within the first three months. Receive a free night certificate annually (starting with your second year as a card member). No annual fee the first year, then $49/year. Card application link.