IHG Card’s Best-Ever 140,000 Point Offer

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IHGR Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

Last year Chase had an initial offer of 125,000 points with an IHG credit card. That was really impressive — the standard offer used to be 60,000 and we’d get excited when it bumped up to 80,000. Now Chase has trumped even that offer.

The IHGR Rewards Club Premier Credit Card now has an offer to earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. The offer has already been out a month, I do not know how much longer it will last.


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.

It’s really valuable to get this card even if you have the older one, since the fourth night when redeeming award nights with this card is stackable with the 10% rebate on award redemptions from the legacy product.

IHGR Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

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Comments

  1. I was recently searching for a stay in Chicago and saw an IHG property for $110 cash or $116 plus 20,000 points, giving each point a small but distinctly negative value. Which is about what those points are generally worth. It’s extremely unusual (in my experience) to find a redemption that even approaches a half-cent per point.

  2. Booked IC Osaka for 55K per night instead of $366 cash price. So .0066 cents per point which isn’t nothing. And 4th night free, so I’m using it as a base for a day trip or two. And 10% points back with the other IHG card.

  3. It seems a bit confusing. I can’t figure out if my wife and I qualify for the 140k bonus? We both have the older IHG card that we’ve had for several years. The cards we have show “IHG Rewards Club” on the card. My wife and I get the 10k upgrade offers and other emails that say we can use our “IHG Rewards Club” card to upgrade or for other offers. The new Premier card offer says in small print just under the “Apply Now” button that if we have the “IHG Rewards Club card” or have earned the bonus is the last 24 months you don’t qualify. Well, we have had our cards much longer than 24 months but our cards still say they are “Rewards Club” not “Select” I just don’t’ remember if we had the select cards and somewhere along the way they changed the branding or if that even matters?

  4. Sorry to double post but I just noticed that my wife has a mailer to the public 125k offer that tacks on 40x points for 12 months at IHG hotels. Being that the 140K offer doesn’t seem to have that the lower 125k offer might be better for an IHG road warrior I’d think. Please post your affiliate link for the 40x offer if you have it set up that way. Also, I noticed that the 125k offer doesn’t have the “IHG Rewards card” wording on the apply now link.

  5. It’s kind of sad how devalued this currency has become. Used to get great redemptions. The fact that their bonus is at 140K a few years after 80K was a big deal isn’t indicative of Chase’s generosity, it’s more indicative of needing a lot more points to get the same value.

  6. Gary,

    I disagree that this is the “best ever” IHG offer. Sure the 140,000 points is a little higher than the 135,000 I got last summer. However, that promotion also included 4x points for each dollar of spend, regardless of category, and also an extra 15x points for each dollar spent at an IHG property (40x total which includes the 15x you get at the hotel (with Platinum status included w card) and base 10x you get on IHG spend so net is an additional 15x points) for the first 12 months.

    IMHO, and certainly in my case, the added bonuses more than make up the difference between 135,000 and 140,000 points at sign up.

  7. last year i got some additional Amex Rose Gold cards for the wife, and kids, ie additional cards, (ostensibly for the 3 additional points for restaurant and grocery spend)and Chase continue to knock me back on the credit card, relying on Experian reporting i’ve applied for too many cards?

    in fairness, given they are for additional cardholders, shouldn’t count against my number of cards opened, just the primary should count IMO.

    now they are really incentivising me to continually open Amex Business Plus cards that earn me 100K points on first 50K spend, with no annual fees, after i hit 50K spend ( and i presume don’t count as they are business products?).

  8. Platinum status, which offers no free breakfast. Come on, when Marriott and Hilton mid-tier status is better than your best, it’s time to take a look at yourself.

    I don’t want this card because I don’t want to waste a single night in their properties, even if it is “free.”

  9. @Andrew

    Platinum isn’t IHG’s best. Spire is.

    Marriott’s mid tier, Gold, doesn’t offer free breakfast either (though it once did).

  10. IHG program is getting worse and worse. Nobody has even mentioned that IHG has discontinued their points breaks program. No more stays for 5k points. When my points are spent, I will not give IHG any more of my business.

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