There is an increased offer on the IHG Rewards Club credit card! This is great news if you have been eyeing this card, or if you are in the market for some more hotel points. The current 80,000 point bonus is 20,000 higher than the usual bonus. One great thing about this card for seasoned miles and points collectors is that this card is NOT included in Chase’s 5/24 rule (meaning if you have opened 5 or more credit cards in the last 24 months you will most likely not be approved).
There is not a published end date for this offer, so I expect it to be active for a while. However, it could be pulled at any time so once you decide to get the card, pull the trigger to make sure you receive this higher bonus.
Increased Offer on the IHG Rewards Club Credit Card – Details
- 80,000 IHG points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
- 5,000 IHG points after adding an authorized user who makes a purchase in the first 3 months
- Free night each year after account anniversary that can be used at any IHG hotel
- 5x points per dollar at IHG hotels
- 2x points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- 1x points on all other purchases
- $49 annual fee is waived the first year
- Automatic IHG Platinum Elite Status
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
- Bonus is only available if you do not have this card and haven’t received a new card member bonus in the previous 24 months
What Can You Do With IHG Points?
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) includes over 5,000 properties in almost 100 countries within 12 different brands. While many of their properties lean towards budget travel, there are also some high end hotels in their portfolio. This is a popular hotel chain among points and miles enthusiasts because of promotions like PointBreaks (where select hotels rooms are only 5,000 points a night) and the free night that comes with the co-branded credit card!
How Much Is This Bonus Worth?
According to The Points Guy’s monthly valuations, IHG points are worth about .7 cents each. That means, the 80,000 point bonus is worth about $560. However, depending on how you use your points, they can be worth more or less. If you are able to take advantage of IHG’s Point Breaks deals for 5,000 points a night, this bonus could mean 16 FREE Nights! That’s an incredible deal! But, on the other end of the spectrum, you could use your points for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Kailua-Kona in Hawaii. I found availability in July for $189 or 40,000 points per night. So, after adding in taxes you would be getting $428.08 in value ($214.04 per night including taxes). That’s less than the value you “should” get for your points.
But, my philosophy is if the points will help you book a hotel room that you couldn’t otherwise book then it’s a good deal. Use your points however they will work best for you and your family.
Should You Take Advantage Of This Offer?
So, the question really is should you take advantage of this increased offer on the IHG Rewards Club credit card? That all depends on your travel goals and where you are in the miles and points game.
If you are a relative newbie to collecting miles and points, I would skip this for now. There are other more valuable cards I would go after first. If you typically stay at IHG brand hotels, then this card is probably a smart choice. If you are a seasoned miles and points vet and this card isn’t in your wallet, it might be a good time to go for it as it is not affected by Chase’s 5/24 rule.
I don’t have this card yet but it’s on my radar with this increased bonus. Are you planning on getting this card? Where will it take you?