(Updated) Full List: The 198 IHG Hotels Where You Can’t Use The Anniversary Free Night

Update (4/6): The list previously contained 330 hotels and included some hotels that cost 40,000 points, which are redeemable with the free night certificate. IHG has since updated their list of excluded hotels and this post has been updated to reflect that. It remains uncertain why some 40,000-point hotels were included in the list IHG initially published…devaluation coming our way? We may never know.

In case you missed it, IHG today made some pretty significant changes to a key benefit of the Chase IHG credit card. Specifically, the card offers an anniversary free night that was redeemable at basically any IHG property. This is a generous benefit, and have led to many redemptions at aspirational properties, like my personal favorite, the InterContinental Hong Kong. It more than justifies the $49 annual fee, since you are basically pre-paying for a free night at any IHG property.

However, IHG is sending out letters to card members that the benefit will be changing. For free night certificates issued after May 1, 2018, you can only use them at hotels that cost less than or equal to 40,000 points. As a point of reference, IHG free nights cost anywhere between 10,000 and 70,000 points following a recent devaluation. IHG has over 5,000 hotels in its portfolio, so as far as number of properties now excluded from the certificate, this isn’t a huge blow. However, many people (rightfully) choose to use their free nights at higher end properties, and will no longer be able to do so.

Interestingly, Chase's website is still advertising that the anniversary free night can be used at any IHG property.

Interestingly, Chase’s website is still advertising that the anniversary free night can be used at any IHG property.

As you may expect, many of the hotels below are in big cities or in resort destinations. For example, there are now only 5 properties in Manhattan where you can use your free night (3 of which are in the Financial District). Meanwhile, some markets, like Bora Bora, are now completely out of the question.

I am obviously very disappointed about this, though after an extensive short period of cooling down, I have to say, this really isn’t unexpected.

All of Chase’s co-branded hotel credit cards carry restrictions on the “anniversary free night.” For example, the Chase Hyatt credit card comes with a free night that’s only applicable to Category 1 – 4 hotels, while the Chase Marriott card offers a free night at Category 1 – 5 properties. Meanwhile, the IHG card has had both the lowest annual fee of all the cards and offered no restrictions on the anniversary free night. Of course, I would argue that IHG’s portfolio is nowhere as “high end” as Marriott or Hyatt, but it was still a benefit that’s ripe for devaluation.

Anyway, here is a complete list of the 198 hotels that will soon be excluded from the anniversary free night. 

InterContinental Properties

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Amstel Amsterdam
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Beijing Sanlitun
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Boston
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Carlton Cannes
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Chicago Magnificent Mile
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts David Tel Aviv
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Davos
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Dubai – Festival City
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Dubai Marina
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Dublin
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Düsseldorf
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Estoril
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Frankfurt
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Geneve
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Grand Stanford Hong Kong
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Hong Kong
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Ishigaki Resort
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Istanbul
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Jeddah
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Le Moana Bora Bora
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts London – The O2
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts London Park Lane
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Los Angeles Century City
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Los Angeles Downtown
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Malta
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Manza Beach Resort
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Mark Hopkins San Francisco
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Marseille – Hotel Dieu
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Melbourne
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Miami
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Montreal
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Moscow – Tverskaya
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts New Orleans
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts New York Barclay
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts New York Times Square
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts OneThousand Island Lake Resort
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Osaka
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Paris – Avenue Marceau
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Paris – Le Grand
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Porto – Palacio das Cardosas
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Residence Suites Dubai F.C.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Resort And Spa Moorea
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Resort Tahiti
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts San Francisco
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts San Juan
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Singapore
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Singapore Robertson Quay
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Stephen F. Austin
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Sydney
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Sydney Double Bay
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts The Clement Monterey
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts The Palazzo Las Vegas
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts The Strings Tokyo
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts The Venetian Las Vegas
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts The Willard Washington D.C.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Tokyo
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Tokyo Bay
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Washington D.C. – The Wharf
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Yokohama Grand

Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Aerston
Kimpton Alexis
Kimpton Allegro
Kimpton Amara
Kimpton Angler’s
Kimpton Born
Kimpton Brice
Kimpton Buchanan
Kimpton Canary
Kimpton Carlyle
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam
Kimpton Donovan House
Kimpton Epic
Kimpton Eventi
Kimpton Everly
Kimpton George
Kimpton Glover Park
Kimpton Goodland
Kimpton Grand
Kimpton Gray
Kimpton Ink48
Kimpton Journeyman
Kimpton La Peer
Kimpton Lorien
Kimpton Madera
Kimpton Marlowe
Kimpton Mason & Rook
Kimpton Monaco – Chicago
Kimpton Monaco – DC
Kimpton Monaco – Denver
Kimpton Monaco – Philadelphia
Kimpton Monaco – Pittsburgh
Kimpton Monaco – Portland
Kimpton Monaco – Seattle
Kimpton Muse
Kimpton Nine Zero
Kimpton Onyx
Kimpton Palladian
Kimpton Palomar – Beverly Hills
Kimpton Palomar – Chicago
Kimpton Palomar – DC
Kimpton Palomar – Philadelphia
Kimpton Palomar – Phoenix
Kimpton Palomar – San Diego
Kimpton RiverPlace
Kimpton Rouge
Kimpton Rowan
Kimpton Sawyer
Kimpton Seafire
Kimpton Shorebreak
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake
Kimpton Solamar
Kimpton Surfcomber
Kimpton Taconic
Kimpton Topaz
Kimpton Tryon Park
Kimpton Van Zandt
Kimpton Vero Beach
Kimpton Vintage – Portland
Kimpton Vintage – Seattle
Kimpton Wilshire
Kimpton Zamora

Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown
Hotel Indigo Barcelona – Plaza Catalunya
Hotel Indigo Edinburgh – Princes Street
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island
Hotel Indigo London – Paddington
Hotel Indigo London – Tower Hill
Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York
Hotel Indigo Nashville
Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera
Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George
Hotel Indigo San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
Hotel Indigo Traverse City

Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC
Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach-Sydney
Crowne Plaza Dubai
Crowne Plaza Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay
Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan
Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha
Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
Crowne Plaza London – Kensington
Crowne Plaza London – The City
Crowne Plaza London Docklands
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Ctr
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview
Crowne Plaza Palo Alto
Crowne Plaza Paris – Republique
Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport
Crowne Plaza Seattle-Downtown
Crowne Plaza South Beach – Z Ocean Hotel
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
Crowne Plaza Vilamoura – Algarve

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Bar Harbor – Acadia Natl Park
Holiday Inn Beach House
Holiday Inn Deadwood Mountain Grand
Holiday Inn Fort Walton Beach
Holiday Inn Galveston-On The Beach
Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong
Holiday Inn Ixtapa All-Inclusive
Holiday Inn Lake George-Turf
Holiday Inn London – Mayfair
Holiday Inn Manhattan 6th Ave – Chelsea
Holiday Inn Montego Bay All-Inclusive
Holiday Inn New York City – Times Square
Holiday Inn Ocean City
Holiday Inn Ocean City
Holiday Inn Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fishermans Wharf
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber
Holiday Inn West Bay Beach
Holiday Inn Wilmington E-Wrightsville Bch

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Times Square South
Holiday Inn Express Monterey-Cannery Row
Holiday Inn Express Mountain View – S Palo Alto
Holiday Inn Express New York City – Chelsea
Holiday Inn Express New York City Times Square
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Fishermans Wharf
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Union Square
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Others (EVEN Hotels, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites)

EVEN New York – Midtown East
EVEN New York – Times Square South

Staybridge Suites Times Square – New York City

Candlewood Suites New York City- Times Square

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Comments

  1. “….issued after May 1, 2018, you can only use them at hotels that cost less than 40,000 points. As a point of reference, IHG free…”

    That shoild be less than or equal to 40,000 points

  2. I have the letter from IHG and it says that you can use the free night at hotels that are valued at 40,000 points and below. So you can use them at the 40,000 point level, which includes a lot of the above hotels!

    • Hi Scott, you’re right. I fixed the typo, but the list remains the same 330 properties on the exclusion list published by IHG.

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