Photo: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
The Chase IHG card has increased its standard bonus offer from 60K points to 80K points after spending $1,000 within 3 months. You can also get an additional 5K points for adding a free additional user card.
You can view credit card offers by hovering over the “Credit Cards” tab. You can then view hotel cards “Hotel Credit Cards“ or you can choose to view “credit cards from all banks.“
The card’s $49 annual fee is waived for the first year.
You can get the signup bonus as long as you haven’t received an IHG signup bonus within the past 24 months.
An excellent perk of the card is the annual free anniversary night that is valid at any IHG in the world. The free night can even be used at Intercontinental hotels where hotel rates are normally up to $1,000 or 60K points per night in places like Bora Bora, London, Hong Kong, etc. It’s worth hanging onto the card just for this perk alone.
The Chase IHG card is not subject to the Chase 5/24 guidelines, so you can get approved even if you have 5 approved consumer card applications within the past 24 months.
IHG free nights start at just 5K points with PointBreaks, which offers discounts on rotating hotels.
IHG cardholders get Platinum IHG elite status and they get a 10% rebate on all points redeemed, making 5K hotels cost 4.5K and top-tier 60K hotels cost 54K points.
The card earns 5 points per dollar at IHG hotel, 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores & restaurants, and 1 point per dollar elsewhere. That’s not a particularly compelling value for your spending, but the card benefits make this a valuable card.
There are no foreign transaction fees with this card.
IHG also has a large footprint in Israel. Here is what those hotels charge per night before the 10% points rebate for cardholders:
- Holiday Inn Ashkelon: 10K
- Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K
- Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 30K
- Crowne Plaza Eilat: 30K
- Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K
- Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K
- Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 30K
- Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K
- InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 40K
Will you be adding the IHG card to your card portfolio?