Chase Increases Offer For IHG Rewards Card

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IHG increased the points price of many hotels recently, but fittingly Chase has upped the ante on the initial bonus offer for the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card as well.

Chase launched an offer for you to earn 125,000 bonus points plus a Reward Night (worth up to 40,000 points) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. As a result this offer is worth up to 165,000 points which is more points than they’ve offered on the card before.

A reader recently asked me changes in how much any given hotel costs affects my view of this card and it does not because this is a card to strongly consider getting for its up front bonus, and keeping for the ongoing benefits like Platinum status and 4th night free on redemption stays. It was already not a great card for your ongoing spend, and that hasn’t changed.

Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

The card comes with:

  • Platinum status
  • A reward night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide.
  • A reward night on points stays of 4 or more nights. That’s better than the ‘5th night free’ from other chains, and amounts to a 25% discount on four night award stays.
  • Global Entry or TSA Precheck fee credit (up to $100 every 4 years) as well.

IHG Rewards Club Bonus points can be used for stays at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Kimpton, Holiday Inn, Indigo and related brands.

Intercontinental Boston

The card is worth getting for the initial bonus. It’s worth keeping for 4th night on points redemptions and the annual reward night which is worth well more than the card’s $89 annual fee.

Anecdotally my sense is that this is one of the easiest Chase travel rewards cards to be approved for, although it is now subject to 5/24 so if you have fewer than 5 new cards opened in the last 24 months definitely consider this one.

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

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  1. Chase – We’ll take your US dollar and instead give you in Thai Bhat’s at a conversion rate of 1.5 : 1 and for a time being, we are doubling it as a special offer.

    Me says – No Thank you.

  2. Monkey Miles just posted that on top of the major latest devaluation, IHG is now charging 41,000 points for some hotels. It seems rather obvious that they’re doing that to hose people trying to use the free night. That makes the already diminished value of the card worth even less IMO.

  3. 150k ? That should cover around one night at a Holiday Inn Express in rural Arkansas given the latest devaluations.

  4. Great deal!

    You can still score 8 nights (2 blocks of 4 nights each) at an awesome property (if you have both cards) in SE Asia. There are other gems out there if you all stop whining and start looking! Granted, devaluations suck! First, we all need to accept the fact that devaluations are part of our hobby and value reduction needs to be built in the expectations, planning, and valuations!

  5. aaaaaannnndddd IHG points are worth what now? Wonder why they’re constantly selling points with too-good-to-be-true bonuses? Its almost fraud at this point

  6. Gary, at this point you are an enabler for the Delta an d now IHG fraudulent cycle of pumping out higher offers right before devaluations. DoC ispecifically says he doesn’t recomemend the card, covering the story but not endorsing the card.

  7. Adding to the above;
    While you clearly limit your recommendation to just getting for the sign up bonus, I think you should flag “deceiptful” co-branded cards (Delta and now IHG) as such.

  8. @ Christian — I think Monkey Miles could be on to something, but with dynamic pricing 41,000 points should be just as likely as 39,000 points.

  9. @ Gary — This is a piece of crap card. Everyday spend earns 0.3% back, and the sign up bonus is horrible ($417). Most any other card is a better choice.

  10. A limited sample but I found zero at 39k and plenty at 41k and 42k.

    Which would prove it’s not pure dynamic pricing if true across the board.

  11. I think it is is shameful that you can promote this card given what IHG literally just did.

  12. The said part is, these devaluations that we all rightfully complain about, in my opinion, come as a result of this new miles/points hobby everyone is jumping on. I get why they do it, but its costing us all in the long run with these higher redemptions.

  13. I think this is a lesser bonus offer than what they had the past few months, which was 140,000 mi. with a free night on the anniversary. This is 125,000 mi with a free night on the anniversary. Am I missing something?

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