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Let’s have a real look at some of the redemption options that still exist
I’m not saying that the slash to the annual night certificate was handled properly, or even close, but let’s look at this glass half full. There are still a lot of hotels around the world that are under 40k points a night. We all kinda knew that this day would come sooner or late, and here’s the thing: people still love their Hyatt card primarily because, for a $75 annual fee, it gives you a free night at Category 4 hotels each year.
The new IHG card will give you a free night at most hotels 40k and under, a 4th night free when booking with points, plus 20% off point purchases. There are some other benefits too, but those are most attractive to me. I think there is plenty of opportunity out to capitalize on the perks of this card, and at $89 Annual Fee, there are plenty of hotels you can redeem your anniversary night at that will give you great value. I put a list together of many Intercontinentals, and the best airport hotel in the world: the Crowne Plaza Singapore.
This is by no means an extensive list, but rather, to get the juices flowing, and prove the world isn’t ending. So let’s have a legitimate discussion about the value of the free night cert apart from how the devaluation was handled. I think there are plenty of reasons to keep the IHG Rewards Select if you have it ( we don’t know what’s happening quite yet), or consider the new version.
Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Intercontinental Cleveland Clinic
Intercontinental Cleveland Clinic Suites
Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown
Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
Intercontinental Phu Quoc
Intercontinental Seoul Grand Parnas
Crown Plaza Singapore
Intercontinental O.R. Tambo
Intercontinental Sandton Towers
Intercontinental Sao Paolo
Intercontinental Buenos Aires
Intercontinental Presidente Cancun
Intercontinental Miramar Panama City