I picked up the IHG credit card from Chase recently so I could get a free night and top tier Platinum status for a $49 annual fee. There are also bonus points to be collected, but I won’t spend anything on it later because the earn rate is pathetic. I liked this plan and shared it with friends.
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This morning I read an email from IHG announcing changes to the program. I will no longer have top level status because “beginning in July, we’ll introduce a brand-new membership level for our members who stay with us the most.” This is immensely frustrating because I was paying $49 to be on the top level. I’ll keep the card for the free night and, soon, midrange status, but I’ll less likely to recommend it to anyone. Also points will expire after 12 months of inactivity. If this is a worry, sign up for the IHG dinning points program and you’ll be fine.