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Chase makes odd decision around IHG “unrestricted” free night

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I won’t rehash the rather expected decision for Chase to limit their unrestricted free nights by adding a rather substantial restriction – only hotels up to 40,000 IHG points per night will be eligible, except that also some that are 40,000 will additionally be ineligible for some reason.

The change was effective immediately and would affect anyone that applied after May 1st of last year. Amid public outcry, they walked this back – but not really.

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See my exchange with them below:


I asked them to clarify:


So, if you applied last year and have never received the unrestricted free night you were promised, you will never get one. If you applied January 1st through now, you’ll get one. But, for the craziest part, if you apply now through Thursday April 5th, you will apparently get one.

It’s worth noting, though, that when something is this contradictory from a Twitter rep, it may not actually be true. Perhaps they meant to say if you applied by April 5th, 2017! Or, well, really I’m not sure. Let’s see how this continues to unfold.

And let me be very clear – I think that if you apply between now and Thursday, despite the Twitter rep EXPLICITLY saying you would receive the unrestricted free night, you probably will not.

My money is on Chase changing their official policy again before this is all over. How in the world can you deny people that applied under previous terms and have never had the terms fulfilled, yet promise the unrestricted certificate to people that haven’t even applied yet?

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