Chase Anniversary Night Devaluation Won’t Affect Its Newest Cardholders

Apr 4, 2018

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IHG and Chase broke a lot of hearts when it sent out letters on Monday saying it’s capping the anniversary free nights for existing IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card cardholders for certificates issued starting May 1, 2018.

For many cardholders, this anniversary night was the primary reason for signing up for the card. And recently there have been a lot of new cardholders rushing to sign up for the IHG Select card ahead of rumors that a new IHG card is in the works. So, this change is making for a lot of unhappy new cardholders.

However, there’s one group that didn’t get letters about this anniversary night devaluation: the newest cardholders of the IHG Select. And, in at least six tweets so far, Chase’s official support acount (@ChaseSupport) has responded to say that IHG Select cardholders that signed up for the card between January 1, 2018 and April 5, 2018 “would receive the normal unrestricted free night certificate in the first year.”

Chase also is seeking to clarify that anniversary nights issued before May 1, 2018 will still remain uncapped:

This is great news for the many new cardholders that have signed up since January. And while the anniversary nights after the first year will be restricted to hotels costing 40,000 points or less, the card will still provide a 10% rebate on redeemed points (up to 100,000 per year) and IHG Platinum Elite status — an elite status I’ve found especially valuable in my travels.

Featured image courtesy InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora — one of the hotels where you can use your uncapped free anniversary night.

This story has been updated since publication as the IHG Select card is now no longer available.

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