It looks like the 80,000 point bonus for the Chase IHG Rewards Club card is back! For the last several months the bonus has been at only 60,000 points, which is a decent enough deal in and of itself considering what this card offers. I personally have been waiting for this card to up its bonus back to 80,000 points which is the highest we have seen from the card.
Please note, I do not earn a commission or a referral bonus off of this link. I just think it is a great offer and wanted to share!
It seems that you cannot get this offer to appear on Chase’s website while using a regular browser, though I was able to get it to appear using the incognito browser trick, so it does appear to be a publicly available offer. I also read through the terms and conditions and it does not appear to be a targeted offer. Many have also had success finding this offer by doing a “dummy booking” on the IHG website, though I have spent a few hours trying to get this to work and have never personally had any success with this method.
The IHG Rewards Club card comes with a bunch of great perks like an annual free night certificate, IHG Platinum Elite status for as long as you are a cardmember, a 10% rebate on redeemed points up to 100,000 points per calendar year and no foreign transaction fees.
You will also earn 5 points per $1 spent on your IHG purchases and 2 points per $1 spent at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants. The card has a $49 annual fee, but it is waived for the first year.
There are a couple of reasons why this card actually offers some tremendous value. The first is that you will receive a free night certificate every year on your anniversary date to use at one of 4,900 IHG properties worldwide. That means that your $49 annual fee (assuming you cannot get it waived as I discussed in my post on credit card retention offers) can equate to $300-400 in value if you redeem your annual free night at a high end hotel like an Intercontinental. That makes this card one of the very few that I would recommend actually paying the annual fee on even if your retention call does not get you anywhere.
The second reason this card offers some exceptional value is that you will be awarded IHG Platinum Elite status – IHG’s second highest tier – just for being a cardholder. IHG Platinum Elite status earns you a bunch of perks like late check-out, free internet, complimentary room upgrades and a 50% bonus on top of base points earned for stays.
This is an offer I have been waiting to come back around and that I will definitely be taking advantage of. When you couple this with the IHG Priceless Surprises promotion (which the guys over at Loophole Travel did an excellent write up on here), this offers an exceptional opportunity to earn around 130,000 IHG points.
EDIT: It appears from reports that people are getting error messages when trying to apply for the card so Chase may have shut the link down. Chase is pretty good about matching offers within the first 90 days of card membership, so if you do apply for the card with the 60,000 point offer through your regular browser, take a screen shot of the 80k offer and then secure message Chase to ask them to match it. The reports I have read have indicated that Chase will match offers for up to 90 days.
This is a great offer and one that I have been waiting to come back around. While I do not stay at too many IHG properties, the annual free night certificate and Platinum Elite status are enough to make me keep this card and even pay the $49 annual fee.
Will any of you be picking up this card with the increased signup bonus?
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