Chase kept the credit card world on its toes yesterday — and surprised many of us with a new offer on the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.
The welcome offer increased to 140,000 bonus points (the highest ever) when you spend $3,000 on purchases within three months of being approved. But the real curveball was this: the $89 annual fee is waived the first year!
On top of that, the no annual fee IHG Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card just boosted its welcome offer to 100,000 bonus points (from 75,000) when you spend only $2,000 on purchases within three months of being approved.
While they have some relatively upscale brands (InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, Kimpton), some people turn up their noses at Holiday Inns and Holiday Inn Expresses. (I am not one of them. 🙂 )
But IHG’s global footprint is pretty big (although it recently got smaller in North America). I’ve gotten many great IHG deals in the US and Europe. They’ve been great for family trips and meetups.
Keep in mind the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card comes with a complimentary Anniversary Night (at hotels valued at 40,000 or fewer points), starting year two. But with this current, sweet offer, you don’t pony up the $89 annual fee until you’re eligible for the Anniversary Night. So you don’t “waste” an annual fee on a year without an Anniversary Night.
If you already have the Premier card — or really don’t want to pay an annual fee ever — then the IHG Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card might be useful so you can load up on IHG points. One hundred thousand points for a no annual fee card is pretty darn nice. Plus, you get a fourth night free on IHG award stays.
I’m an IHG fan. Many of their hotels are family-friendly — and they have plenty of properties throughout the world. The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card‘s 140,000 bonus point offer is excellent — but even better is they’ve waived the annual fee for the first year.
I don’t know if this is a permanent change or just something promotional. But it’s a great opportunity for people looking to load up on hotel points.
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