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Similar thread on IHG Forum here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/intercontinental-hotels-ihg-rewards-club-intercontinental-ambassador/1232030-annual-free-night-cert-ihg-rewards-club-visa-mastercard-23.html Currently, the IHG credit card is NOT subject to Chase's 5/24 restriction.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of April 2018, a new IHG card is being released. There are changes, including a limit to the value of the annual free night certificate (40,000 point vs. any hotel).
Ongoing discussion can be found here, in the IHG forum.
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/inte...valuation.html

Existing card members can use "any hotel" certificates that were issued/will be issued prior to April 30th. Any Anniversary Night issued BEFORE May 1, 2018 is still valid at any IHG hotel worldwide.
Certificates issued AFTER May 1 will be under the new T & C's.

From Chase:

Update: We’re changing the Anniversary Free Night on your IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card

On May 1, 2018, we’re changing the Anniversary Free Night benefit associated with your IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card.

Here’s what’s changing
Currently, we award this Anniversary Free Night each year after your anniversary date, and it is redeemable at any IHG property. Going forward, Anniversary Free Nights issued after May 1, 2018, will be redeemable at eligible IHG hotels with a redemption value up to and including 40,000 points.



Here is the list of IHG hotels that will NO LONGER be available for certificate redemption: https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/deals/partner-offers/anniversary-free-night?_PMID=99634986&cm_mmc=CJ-_-4453693-_-7718223-_-www.ihg.com%2Fcontent&glat=AFFI&setPMCookies=true& url=https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/deals/partner-offers/anniversary-free-night


Current public offers, as of 9/1/17
See post 527 regarding an 80,000-point offer: "When I made my reservation, when I got past the point of picking my hotel, and picked my room, there was an active link on the bottom of the page for the 80000+$50 offer."

All offers have the following terms/benefits:
  • Signup bonus earned after $1,000/$2000 spend in first 3 months
  • Starting on the first anniversary of account opening, a free night every year at any [effective with Anniversary Certs issued on 01 May 2018, redeemable only at properties 40,000 points and under] IHG hotel. (Cert may be redeemed online.)
  • 5 points per $ spent at IHG hotels
  • 2 points per $ spent on gas, groceries and dining
  • 1 point per $ on everything else
  • 10% points rebate on any redemptions. ("Please allow 4 to 6 weeks after Reward Night stay for rebated points to be deposited into your account")
  • No fee 1st year, then $49.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • IHG Platinum status for as long as you hold the card.
Q. Where can I learn more about the annual free-night certificate associated with this card? How long are the certificates good for? Are the certificates revoked if you cancel your Chase card?

A. See Annual Free Night Cert from IHG (Rewards Club) Visa / Mastercard.

Q. Once I meet the $1000 (or $2000) spending requirement, how soon will I receive my bonus points?
Q. Can I apply for this card and earn the bonus after doing so previously?

A. For answers to these and other questions, see the wiki and related discussion in the master discussion thread Applying for Chase Credit Cards, 2017 onward

Q. Will the signup bonus count toward Spire Elite status?

A. No
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Old Jan 10, 2016, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by Hemera
Earlier today I was on a recon line with Chase about my United MP application. Thankfully, they approved it. Now I'd like to apply for the IHG card. Is a month a reasonable time to wait?
i applied for and was approved for 3 Chase cards in a month so go ahead? ^
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Old Jan 10, 2016, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by runb4fun
i applied for and was approved for 3 Chase cards in a month so go ahead? ^
Thank you and congrats!
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Old Jan 11, 2016, 4:21 am
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IHG Rewards card just approved me for TWICE as much credit limit as I have on any of my other 6 cards!!

Then applied for Ink Plus and got the wait 10 days message in browser, email says wait 30 days for response. Wait I will.

Even tho the personal and business lines aren't supposed to affect each other, I wonder what would've happened had I done it in the reverse order?

P.S. >> How long should I wait after instant approval before SM'ing Chase, asking for bonus match?
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Old Jan 11, 2016, 2:35 pm
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I am not that lucky to match the 80k points. Got this message back from Chase SM:

We would like to explain that the $50.00 statement credit and 80,000 Reward Point offer is only available when applying for instant credit while booking an IHG hotel reservation online. Regrettably, we are unable to honor your request and issue the additional points to the account since the specific reservation path was not used for this offer. However, if you wish to have the $50.00 statement credit re-billed to the account, we would then
be able to add the additional 20,000 reward points to match the 80,000 reward point?s offer without a statement credit.
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Old Jan 11, 2016, 3:07 pm
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Originally Posted by ttsai
I am not that lucky to match the 80k points. Got this message back from Chase SM:

We would like to explain that the $50.00 statement credit and 80,000 Reward Point offer is only available when applying for instant credit while booking an IHG hotel reservation online. Regrettably, we are unable to honor your request and issue the additional points to the account since the specific reservation path was not used for this offer. However, if you wish to have the $50.00 statement credit re-billed to the account, we would then
be able to add the additional 20,000 reward points to match the 80,000 reward point?s offer without a statement credit.
I got the same response this morning. To be honest, I wasn't even aware that I was getting a $50 statement credit. I responded and asked that I receive the additional 20,000 rewards points, instead of receiving the $50 statement credit.
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Old Jan 15, 2016, 8:50 am
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Also got exactly the same reply. Will also trade the $50 for the 20,000 points.
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Old Jan 19, 2016, 9:14 am
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Same here - got the same response and took the extra 20000 points after they rebill the $50 credit.
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Old Jan 21, 2016, 2:50 pm
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60k +$100 link on the wiki is dead.
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Old Jan 24, 2016, 1:35 am
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Tried to apply for the card tonight, but was met with "we can not approve you at this time" message. Since July I've opened 5 accounts, none with chase, most with Amex. Should I be worried? Is there anything to do to improve my situation...I've read conflicting reports here and on other sites about whether to call it in. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old Jan 24, 2016, 11:29 am
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If you've already been declined, you have nothing to lose by calling. That said, successful recon efforts with Chase seem to be few and far between lately. I've called about six times trying to get a $2,000 IHG card opened by reducing my other Chase card by *more* than $2,000, and they still won't even consider it. (And I have $0 debt, clean reports, FICOs from 710 to 750.)
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Old Jan 24, 2016, 4:50 pm
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Just a "heads up" to those who collect IHG Rewards points -- whether through this credit card or otherwise: The new PointBreaks list will go live tomorrow, January 25, for stays through April 30. Here is a link to the list preview, originally posted by onthego15 in the FT IHG forum:

http://blog.ihg.com/ihg-rewards-club...breaks-preview
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Old Jan 25, 2016, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by jsk1973
If you've already been declined, you have nothing to lose by calling. That said, successful recon efforts with Chase seem to be few and far between lately. I've called about six times trying to get a $2,000 IHG card opened by reducing my other Chase card by *more* than $2,000, and they still won't even consider it. (And I have $0 debt, clean reports, FICOs from 710 to 750.)
Thanks for the suggestion. Decided to wait and see (like you said I can always call after being declined) and the automated line said I was approved. Just to add a data point--maybe it's better not to call and deal with CSRs.
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Old Jan 25, 2016, 1:33 pm
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That's good. I read the "we cannot approve you at this time" to be a denial. I didn't realize your app had actually gone pending, although it sounds like it was really an instant approval with some sort of website glitch that said otherwise. (I haven't seen anyone say they had a Chase app go from pending to approved in less than 24 hours; lately, it's been at least a few days and sometimes as long as 20-30 days.)
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Old Jan 25, 2016, 7:19 pm
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Thanks. Being that it was my first card with them I was a bit surprised to see the pending message...I thought it could be that they're extending the 5/24 rule to co-branded cards. Pleasantly surprised that it was approved so soon!
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Old Jan 25, 2016, 9:27 pm
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possible data point

I made a 700 dollar purchase, and 350 organic spend on my IHG card. I returned the 700 dollar purchase a week later because it didn't work out. My points had posted immediately to Chase. The 60k points were transferred over to IHG even after the return and I received the 50 dollar statement credit. Might be a statement thing. Got the points, and booked places through point breakers.
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