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Either I've got some misunderstanding about the card, or else the Chase IHG card is seriously underrated. Am I missing something?
For a $49 AF, it looks like you get a free night each year at any IHG property - is that right? Regardless of brand (Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, InterContinental, etc.) or location (Manhattan or Minnesota)?
Do they have a lot of blackout dates or properties? Or a limited allowance of "free night" slots at the higher-end places?
Marriott and Hyatt have very clear categories that limit that value and flexibility of an annual free night. I don't think you can even get into Manhattan with a Marriott or Hyatt free night, let alone get a really great hotel.
So am I missing something? Do they give different customers a different selection of free nights? Do you have to spend a lot on the card to expand the free night offerings? Or they're just sneakier than Marriott or Hyatt about blackout properties or dates for the free night?
It looks like you get 12 months to use the free night each year, so I don't think that's the catch. IHG certainly has a lot of properties.
It just doesn't make much sense how a $49 AF could potentially get a $400+ hotel room every year with no restrictions and no elite status to maintain through everyday spending.
Do I have something wrong. Am I missing something? Or is it really that good?
*I know the cpp value is lousy, but people could just sockdrawer it and keep it alive just for the free night.
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