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Chase issues two IHG Rewards co-branded credit cards and while the premium card usually gets most of the attention, this post focuses on the less often discussed no annual fee card_name which is currently offering a strong welcome bonus and which gives cardholders one of the most valuable IHG Rewards benefits around.
The card_name is the entry-level no annual fee IHG Rewards credit card that can be an incredibly useful addition to the wallets of travelers who like to redeem points for free night stays at IHG properties around the world but who don’t make a significant number of paid stays with IHG.
Here’s what you need to know about the card_name:
Cost of authorized user cards:
Current welcome bonus:
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Are you eligible?
This product is not available to current cardmembers of any IHG Rewards personal credit card, or previous cardmembers of any IHG Rewards personal credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for that credit card within the last 24 months.
Also, as this is a Chase-issued credit card, if you have opened 5 or more new credit cards in the past 24 months there is a strong chance that you will not be approved for this card.
- Up to 17 points/dollar on spending at IHG Hotels & Resorts worldwide*
- 3 points/dollar on spending at gas stations
- 3 points/dollar on spending on utilities
- 3 points/dollar on spending at restaurants
- 3 points/dollar on spending on select streaming services
- 2 points/dollar on spending in all other categories
*Includes 5x earnings from this card, 10x for being an IHG One Rewards member, and 2x for holding Silver Elite status (a benefit of this card).
- Get the 4th night free on IHG award bookings of 4 nights or more
- Save 20% on points purchases*
- No foreign transaction fees
- Silver Elite status
- Gold Elite status after spending $20,000 on the card in a calendar year and making one additional purchase.
*Does not apply when IHG One Rewards is selling points at a discount
Why this is a great card
The welcome offer
Based on how much value I can easily (i.e. without much effort) get out of my IHG One Rewards balance, I value IHG points at 0.4 cents each and this means that I value the 80,000 bonus points from the welcome offer at $320.
That’s $320 from a card that doesn’t charge an annual fee so, as long as you never carry a balance on this card and get charged interest (no one should ever carry a balance on an interest-bearing travel rewards card), this is effectively a gift.
For those who prefer to look upon the points from the welcome bonus in terms of free nights, the points bonus that the card_name is currently offering can be used to book one or more free nights at a variety of IHG’s properties around the world and, thanks to dynamic award pricing, it may even be possible to book multiple free nights during quieter times at some great IHG properties.
Here’s the InterContinental Sydney priced up at 38,000 points per night:
Here’s the Kimpton La Peer in West Hollywood charging just 47,000 points per night:
Here’s the InterContinental O2 London charging just 51,000 points per night:
And here’s the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown charging just 42,000 points per night:
If you’re prepared to do a little bit of research and as long as you’re prepared to travel outside of the busier times of the year, the points from the welcome offer can book a free night at some (but definitely not all) of IHG’s better properties and still leave you with points to spare (just be careful not to fall foul of any “resort fees” that some properties now charge).
The 4th-night free benefit
Here are the key aspects of this benefit:
- There is no cap on the number of times this benefit may be used
- The is no cap on the points value of the award booking (this can be used at top-tier IHG properties worldwide)
- Every 4th night of an award booking is free (so an 8-night stay would see a cardholder get two free nights).
- This benefit cannot be used in conjunction with Points & Cash bookings
When you consider that on just a single 4-night stay this credit card can save a cardholder up to 100,000 points and that there’s no cap on how often this benefit can be used, the value of holding this card becomes obvious.
If you accept the value that I attribute to IHG One Rewards points (0.4 cents – discussed earlier), the card_name could be said to be able to save a cardholder up to $400 worth of IHG Rewards Points in a single 4-night stay (assuming the stay is at a property charging 100,000 points per night).
That’s not bad for a card that doesn’t charge an annual fee!
An alternative card
This card is currently offering successful new applicants the following welcome bonus:
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It comes with an annual fee of annual_fees, it earns twice as many points for stays at IHG properties (10 points/dollar), and it bestows IHG One Rewards Platinum Elite status on the cardholder for as long as the card is active.
The card_name is currently offering a solid welcome bonus, it doesn’t charge an annual fee, it doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, and can save cardholders a substantial number of points when they make the most of the card’s 4th night free benefit.
If you like booking award stays at IHG properties, but you don’t pay to stay at IHG properties often enough to warrant paying for the more premium credit card (which also offers this benefit), the no annual fee IHG Rewards Traveler credit card would be a great addition to your wallet.
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