Update: The 70,000 point offer has been extended through May 31, 2015.
Update: The 80,000 point offer has been taken down, so the highest current available offer for the IHG Rewards Club Mastercard is 70,000 after $1,000 spent.
IHG has just increased the public offer for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card to 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within 3 months. The offer is good through March 31, 2015 and the card’s features and benefits are the same as usual:
- A free night every year at any of the 4,700 IHG hotels worldwide
- Platinum Elite status
- 10% points rebate
- No foreign transaction fees
- $0 annual fee for the first year; $49 annually thereafter
Previously, the highest public offer was 60,000 points, though the unofficial 80,000 point offer beats them both. There’s yet another offer of 60,000 points along with a $50 statement credit. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether 20,000 IHG points are worth more than $50. I would say they are, on the basis of PointBreaks alone and while I don’t subscribe to any kind of point valuation system, most folks value IHG points at a minimum of 0.4 cents each.
If you’re participating in IHG’s Set Your Sights promotion, then the 70,000 point offer may come in handy. While the promotion details vary, most people have the option to earn 2,000 points simply by applying for the IHG Rewards Club Mastercard. While this still ads up to less than 80,000 points, it might be a good option if you’re one activity short of earning the Set Your Sights Achievement Bonus (i.e. complete 6 of 7 activities and earn 15,100 points).
Whichever offer you go with, the IHG Rewards Club Mastercard is a great card to keep long-term. The $49 annual fee is the lowest of any hotel rewards card (ignoring cards with no annual fee), especially since it gets you a free night at any IHG hotel each year – with no category restrictions. This free night itself is worth at least $100 if you use it at a suburban Staybridge Suites, though others go big and put the certificate to use at upscale properties like the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, among others.
I’m realizing this piece is starting to read like an ad, but I’m not getting compensated and have no affiliate relationship with IHG Rewards Club or Chase. Just thought I’d make you aware of the best public and non-public offers for this card…and hit my daily post quota (I’ve set the bar pretty low at one per day). 😉
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