Best IHG 40K Point Hotels in the U.S.
One of the best benefits of holding the IHG Premier Card or discontinued IHG Rewards Club Select Mastercard is the annual free night certificate. These used to be good at any IHG hotel worldwide, as long as there were reward nights available. However, the value of these certificates is now capped at 40,000 points. As I’m currently sitting on an unused free night and have two more coming in the first quarter of 2021, I thought I’d browse the chain’s properties to find the best IHG 40K point hotels within the U.S.
Using Your IHG Free Night Certificate
The best way to search for properties bookable with your certificate is to click on your account dashboard. You can then click on the “X free night(s)” link, and click through once more to be taken to the search using your certificate.
The search box will look the same, but you’ll now see “Chase Anniversary Night” in the rate box.
Ten Excellent Domestic IHG 40K Point Hotels
This makes finding the best IHG 40K points hotels within the U.S. a bit tricky. Now that any property is technically bookable with a certificate (as long as the rate falls far enough), this can be a list of whatever I feel like. But in the spirit of providing a usable list, I’m omitting any that are consistently not available as a free night award. Some are pretty seasonal, so if you’re willing to travel shoulder season, you can find a good number of nights.
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
Although both InterContinental hotels in San Francisco are consistently available for IHG free night certificate use through the first half of 2021, I selected the Mark Hopkins as the better of the two. The building is situated at the top of Nob Hill and is absolutely beautiful. The views of the city below and bay beyond from the restaurant are excellent (but who knows when it will be open again).
The downside is that you’re in a historic hotel and the standard rooms aren’t all that great. If you want a modern feel, pick the other InterContinental.
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts
This stylish upscale hotel is high on my list for when I finally plan a visit to Boston (besides the airport). Rates are insanely good during both winter and COVID-19, so I’m not sure I would burn points or certificates at the moment. But for dates further out in 2021, there are lots of opportunities.
Voco The Franklin New York
Being completely unfamiliar with the Voco brand, this NYC hotel stood out to me. The upscale lifestyle brand is rather new on the scene, and they have just 25 hotels worldwide, with only two in the United States. The second is in St. Augustine, Florida. I’d be willing to burn a night here just to see what the brand has to offer.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Maybe it’s COVID-19 or maybe Kimpton hotels are cheaper than I recall, but there are plenty of Kimpton nights available to book with your IHG free night certificates. I settled on the Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia as a potential pick for a visit to the City of Brotherly Love. It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited Philadelphia, and I’m sure a history trip with the kids will be in order in the next couple years.
Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, Portland
I really liked the south waterfront area in Portland when I stayed there a few years ago at the very new Hyatt House. This Kimpton looks excellent, with lovely aesthetics and décor and just steps from the Willamette River. Rates get as low as around $150, but I’d still be willing to part with a free night certificate for a stay.
Hotel Indigo Traverse City, Michigan
Prices fluctuate wildly for this property depending on what time of year you plan to visit. Northern Michigan is popular in the summer, and using your IHG free night certificate here will likely not be possible. But if you can visit in shoulder season when the weather is cooler but still pleasant, you can get good value. Think of taking the amazing color tour in the fall when all of the leaves have turned.
Multiple Kimpton Hotels in Miami Beach
I was going to try to pick a Kimpton off the list, but after searching four different date ranges this coming spring, there were consistently 3-4 Kimpton Hotels available for IHG free night use. You’ll get ~$200 per night in value here, which isn’t shabby. Although I don’t have any personal experience staying here, all of the properties look nice.
Holiday Inn Resort Beach House, Hilton Head Island
This resort on Hilton Head Island will likely get you close to $300 in value, after taxes, for your IHG free night. This is on my radar for a combined trip to visit Savannah, Georgia. I’ll have three certificates by early March, which would be perfect for half the trip.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Given that the InterContinental hotels in San Francisco have very low rates for much of 2021, I thought I’d check out Los Angeles hotels as well. I found that I could book a night at the InterContinental Los Angeles using my free night certificates over most dates I search, getting $200-220 in value here.
The real takeaway is that IHG free night certificates are both better and worse than they used to be. You can now book any hotel that is available for 40,000 points or fewer on a given night. But you also won’t be getting outsized value when you do. Most hotels going for 40,000 points per night won’t cost more than ~$220 per night. Gone are the days of getting $500 per night hotels for free.
Still, if you’re traveling domestically and looking to burn your certificates from your IHG Premier Card card, consider if any of the above IHG 40K point hotels fit your plans.
Featured photo courtesy of IHG Hotels.