Chase IHG Rewards card hikes sign-up bonus to 80,000 points
By Tracy Brackman | Published: July 11, 2017
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Chase has boosted the sign-up bonus for the IHG Rewards Club Select card by 20,000 points. Now, new cardholders receive 80,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. Additionally, cardholders can earn 5,000 bonus points after adding their first authorized user and making a purchase within the first three months – for a total of 85,000 bonus points.
In addition to the increased sign-up bonus, the IHG Rewards Club Select card allows cardholders to earn points on everything they buy. Cardholders receive five points per dollar at IHG hotels, two points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants and one point per dollar on all other purchases. Other card benefits include the following:
- Complimentary hotel stay – Receive a free night’s stay at more than 5,000 hotels worldwide each year after your account anniversary.
- $0 annual fee for the first year – Pay no annual fee the first year of card membership. After that, the annual fee is $49.
- No foreign transaction fees – You will not pay fees to make purchases outside of the U.S.
- Platinum Elite status – Receive an upgrade to IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite status, which entitles you to a 10 percent rebate on IHG Rewards Club point redemptions – up to 100,000 points back each year.
A prime opportunity to sign up
This is one of the highest bonuses we’ve seen recently for the IHG card, and it’s an ideal time to apply if the card’s been on your radar or you are on the hunt for a good hotel rewards card.
The Chase IHG Rewards card is one of our top five picks among hotel cards, offering a lot of value for a reasonable annual fee. Besides the generous sign-up bonus, you get a free hotel night each year and a bump up to elite status which entitles you to bona fide hotel perks, including late checkout and complimentary room upgrades. Also, there is a lot of variety in IHG’s vast network of hotels – from budget Holiday Inns to luxury Intercontinental hotels – so the card has you covered practically anywhere you want to travel and gives you a lot of options on redeeming your points.
Comparing hotel rewards cards
Although hotel rewards cards that offer 80,000-point sign-up bonuses are rare, some do exist. See how the IHG Rewards Club Select card compares to hotel rewards cards that offer similar sign-up bonuses and perks, such as free hotel stays:
|COMPARABLE HOTEL REWARDS CARDS|
|Credit card||Sign-up bonus||Estimated value of sign-up bonus*||Annual bonus|
|IHG Rewards Club Select||• 80,000 points after $1,000 spend in first 3 months
• 5,000 points after adding authorized user and making a purchase in first 3 months
|$553||• Free night stay|
|Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature||• 50,000 points after first purchase
• 35,000 points after $2,500 spend in first 90 days
|$400||• 40,000 points when you renew card membership
• Free night certificate after $10,000 spend
|Hilton Honors Surpass card from American Express||• 75,000 points after $3,000 spend in first 3 months||$330||None|
|Chase Marriott Rewards Premier||• 80,000 points after $5,000 spend in first 3 months
• 7,500 points after adding authorized user
|$700||• Free night stay in Category 1-5 hotel|
is based on our estimated value of each card’s rewards points.
When determining which card offers the best value, it is also important to factor in the annual bonus. For example, when you combine the sign-up bonus and annual bonus for the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card, you have the potential to earn 125,000 bonus points in the first year – for an estimated value of $588.
However, even with the annual bonus, the value is still less than that of the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card – which offers the largest and highest-valued sign-up bonus among these cards. The Marriott card also requires the highest spend amount to receive the bonus – cardholders must spend $5,000 within the first three months and add an authorized user to receive the full 87,500-point bonus. The IHG Rewards Club Select card, on the other hand, only requires cardholders to spend $1,000 in the first three months – which is a low spend threshold compared to most cards.
Note that in order to receive the 80,000-point sign-up bonus for the IHG card, you must be a new cardholder who has not received a new card member bonus for the card within the past two years.
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