My husband and I each opened Chase IHG cards last year. We used our bonus points for the Holiday Inn Old Sydney on our big trip down under this past summer. Our one-year anniversary with the cards was this past week, and we were looking forward to booking a stay with our IHG renewal certs.
Timing of IHG Renewal Certs
Thankfully, we received our IHG renewal certs the day after our card anniversary. We hadn’t yet paid our $89 annual fee. I’m glad we didn’t have to wait 9 weeks to get the renewal certs like we did with our World of Hyatt cards.
When I logged into our IHG accounts, I saw the free nights in our accounts. Booking a hotel online with the free nights was very easy.
Boston or Bust!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, our goal was to use the “free” nights for my husband and son to stay in Boston during an international tennis event. The trick was to find a qualifying IHG hotel (40,000 points or under) with availability. Luckily, we found availability in a Holiday Inn Express & Suites that’s only 1.5 miles away from the event center.
I booked one night in my account, listing my husband as an additional guest. The other night is in his account.
Just for kicks, I decided to see what the cash price would be for those two specific nights. I was surprised to see that the lowest refundable rate was $579 per night, making the two-night stay over $1300! Other hotels in the immediate area are also priced at $500-$600+ that weekend. I’m not sure if the elevated price is due to the tennis event or something else going on in the area.
But wow! That’s not a bad value for only paying $178 ($89 X 2) to renew our cards. And now that I know we can likely expect our certs in late October next year, I already have a solid plan to use them in early 2021. Looks like we will be hanging on to these cards for a while.
What are your plans for your IHG renewal certs?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.