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

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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 4 months, I do not know how much longer it will last but several bloggers have written about potential for this offer to be pulled. [Offer expired]


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.

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  1. I took them up on the 125k offer, but now can’t go anywhere. Any idea when, or if, Hyatt will reduce the 25k points required for their all-inclusives? Then I’ll have somewhere else I can’t go.

  2. Hyatt caps award nights at hotels which cost no more than 20k points, IHG’s limit is 15k, if I’m not mistaken. Even if Hyatt would allow a buy-up, it would then be possible for one to use the free night and then add extra points, but no dice.

  3. The IHG free night is up to 40K points, so some decent IHG’s, including the Intercon Bangkok,

  4. I do not understand the last paragraph about “stackable” if we have the old card, etc. I have the old card for many years at $49 and so does my wife. We keep it solely for the annual certificate good for 40,000 point hotels and we use it annually at the Hollywood Walk of Fame property. We also have points sitting in our accounts. I certainly can get this card for the additional 140,000 points and the “free” Global reimbursement, but then I have to pay the $89 fee. Please tell us what you mean in your last paragraph

  5. Traveler (no fee) fourth night free when redeeming points.

    Select ($49) you get your annual free night, can redeem up to 1M points, for 100K max points credit, for reward nights with the 10% rebate benefit

    Premier ($89), you get annual free night, and fourth night free when redeeming points.

    stackable benefits.

  6. Until IHG’s elite recognition substantially improves, and status is extended to award stays, I just can’t see getting much value out of their points.

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