One perk which makes the IHG credit card a keeper is the IHG Anniversary Free night.
With the benefit you get one free night each year at any IHG property around the world. This makes paying the $49 annual fee a relative bargain. In the past I’ve used my free night at hotels at some very nice properties.
In 2012 we stayed at the Intercontinental Singapore. Last year I wrote about a crazy expensive IHG Anniversary Free Night that we weren’t booking. I then wrote about an expensive IHG Anniversary night that we did book. We also used two certificates over the summer at the Intercontinental Muscat during our trip to the Mid-East Gulf States.
So how could I get good value this year using my free night?
We were going back and forth about what to do for my birthday. Since we’re going away the following weekend, Kim and I felt it was a good idea to not go too far.
After really enjoying our stay at IHG’s EVEN Hotels in Norwalk, CT (check out my review), I was happy to see that the brand was expanding with three NYC locations.
I was hoping to check out one of the new EVEN properties at some point and the Times Square South location seemed like a good option if we wanted to spend a night in NYC. It also happened to open within the past month or so…
I did a search online and saw that I could in fact book a room with my free night certificate for the Even Hotels Times Square South but was it a good value?
A night at the Even Hotels Times Square South was going for $359 per night. With tax that came to $415.54! Talk about a ridiculous amount of money just for a night in NYC!
While Kim, Lucas and I didn’t need to spend a night in the city with our place in Brooklyn not being too far away, we still decided to book the free night for a couple of reasons.
- I was curious to see how the Even Hotels property in NYC would compare to our stay in CT.
- It seemed like a good idea to use the free night since it was my birthday and the room was something we’d NEVER pay to stay at.
So what do you think? Is a stay at the new IHG EVEN Hotels Times Square South a good option for using an anniversary free night? On a strict value based decision, I’d say it definitely is.
What properties have you used your IHG Anniversary Free Nights at?