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Million Mile Secrets reader, Jonathan, commented:
Great question, Jonathan! Several folks on FlyerTalk received a similar mailer.
Unfortunately, after calling IHG, it seems this perk was mistakenly listed on the postcard.
I’ll explain how you get executive lounge access at IHG hotels. And remind y’all about the benefits of IHG Platinum status!
IHG Executive Lounge Access
Certain hotel chains give folks with elite status access to Executive Lounges.
But at IHG hotels, elite status does NOT give you automatic access. Instead, you’ll have to pay a fee to go to the lounge. Or you must book a more expensive paid room that’s on the lounge floor.
Even though IHG Platinum elite status gets you a potential room upgrade, it’s still unlikely you’ll get access to the Executive Lounge floor.
The perks of each lounge varies by hotel. For example, at the InterContinental Hong Kong, you get:
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Afternoon tea
- Evening cocktails
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
But you’ll pay $100+ per night for access. That said, other IHG hotels have lounges with lower fees and fewer perks.
It would be amazing if access came complimentary with the Chase IHG card.
Keep in mind, folks on FlyerTalk report showing the recent mailer to the front desk at the hotel to get free lounge access.
This might work at some hotels. But I can’t promise it will work everywhere.
Chase IHG Card Perks Are Still Valuable
While you won’t get automatic lounge access with the Chase IHG card, you still get fantastic perks, including:
- IHG Platinum elite status (free upgrades, priority check-in, and elite rollover nights)
- A free night at any IHG hotel worldwide each year of card membership
- 10% rebate on redeemed points (up to 100,000 IHG points a year)
- NO foreign transaction fees
The free night every card anniversary is an amazing perk that more than offsets the card’s $49 annual fee.
For example, team member Harlan recently used 2 free night certificates for a stay at the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York, which saved him more than $500!
Here are some ideas where you can use the free IHG night:
- 5 Top Hotels in Europe to Book With IHG Card’s Free Night
- 5 Great Hotels in the US With IHG Card’s Free Night
- 5 Outstanding Hotels in the Caribbean & Mexico With IHG Card’s Free Night
- 5 Terrific Hotels in Asia & Australia With IHG Card’s Free Night
Unfortunately, after calling IHG, I learned this perk was listed as a mistake. To access lounges at IHG hotels, you’ll typically have to pay a fee or book a more expensive paid room on the lounge floor.
I’d love to hear if you received the postcard and have been successful in getting lounge access!