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The branded credit cards for the IHG family of hotels are elevating their sign-up bonuses, allowing new applicants to earn more points if they spend enough in the first three months. In addition, the annual-fee version of the card is waiving the fee in the first year.
As of Oct. 1, 2020, applicants will be eligible for the following offers:
New bonus offer: Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. That's 15,000 more points than the card's previous bonus offer, for the same amount of spending.
New annual fee offer: $0 intro for the first year, then $89. Previously, the full fee was charged in the first year.
New bonus offer: Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. That's 25,000 more points than the card’s previous offer for new cardholders, for the same amount of spending.
No annual fee: As before, the card charges a $0 annual fee.
The ongoing rewards of the Chase-issued cards remain the same:
The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card earns up to 25 points per $1 spent at IHG hotels. This includes 10 points for paying with the card, 10 points from IHG’s loyalty program, and 5 points for Premium Elite status that the card grants you. Cardholders will also get a free night at any IHG hotel after each account anniversary.
The IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card earns up to 15 points per dollar spent at IHG hotels. This includes 5 points per dollar from using the card and 10 points per dollar from card’s the loyalty program.
Both cards also earn 2 points per $1 spent at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, and 1 point per $1 on all other spending.
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How you can use IHG points
You can redeem IHG points at 5,200 hotels and resorts worldwide. IHG brands include Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Kimpton, EVEN Hotels and Indigo Hotels. You can also transfer points to airline partners, redeem them for gift cards, magazine subscriptions, e-books, and other member-only experiences. NerdWallet values IHG points at 0.8 cent each.