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IHG One Rewards extends use of Food and Beverage credits associated with Milestone Rewards

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IHG One Rewards went through a massive overhaul of the program this past year when they rebranded and recategorized their entire program. One integral part of that new branding was the formation of Milestone Rewards that are granted after x number of nights. It gives members the ability to choose what they value most, and one of those options that you’ll see throughout the Milestone Rewards chart are Food and Beverage Credits worth $20 a piece.

They have been relatively difficult to use throughout 2022 with delayed stops and starts and so IHG decided to extend their expiration until 12/31/23. 

Note that Food & Beverage Rewards can be used for purchases applied to guest room bills at hotel restaurants, in-room dining, minibar food & drink items and associated tax and gratuity charges.

In addition to the expiration extension, starting in 2023, members will be able to begin using Food & Beverage Rewards at US and Canada

  • Luxury, Lifestyle and Premium hotels.
    • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts,
    • Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants,
    • Hotel Indigo,
    • voco,
    • EVEN Hotels,
    • Crowne Plaza

You can select 1 award at every level, and 2 at the 40 night and 70 night level

Personally I’d choose

  • 20 night – Suite Upgrade
  • 30 night – 2 F/B vouchers
  • 40 night – Suite Upgrade + Lounge Access
  • 50 night – 5 F/B vouchers
  • 60 night – 5 F/B Vouchers
  • 70 nights – 2 Suite upgrade

In total I’d have 4 suite upgrades, good on up to 5 nights a piece, lounge access for me and 1 guest, and 17 F/B vouchers worth $340. Note that these must be used in conjunction with a stay.

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Overall

This is a nice thing that IHG has done to extend the use of a perk that has had some issues getting fully integrated with properties and now members will have the ability to utilize them through next year.

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If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex®  and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

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