Chase Has a New Card With 80,000 Point Signup Bonus

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IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty program for Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Kimpton, Holiday Inn and related brands, has a new premium credit card. And they’re offering 80,000 bonus points after $2000 spend within 3 months as an initial bonus.

It’s actually better than that because you also earn 5,000 bonus points after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months. So 85,000 points available.


Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

This is a good signup bonus. And the card has good benefits. It’s not a card for ongoing spend (although you do earn 10 points per dollar at IHG hotel properties, two points at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants isn’t compelling).

The card comes with:

  • Platinum status
  • A free night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide.
  • A free reward night on points stays of 4 or more nights. That’s better than the ‘5th night free’ from Starwood and from Hilton, and amounts to a 25% discount on four night award stays.
  • Global Entry or TSA Precheck fee credit (up to $100 every 4 years) as well.


Intercontinental Boston

The card is worth getting for the signup bonus. It’s worth keeping for 4th night free on points redemptions and the annual free night (though like the annual free nights from Marriott and Hyatt cards this one isn’t ‘uncapped’ it’s still worth more than the cards $89 annual fee).

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

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Comments

  1. I see Lucky quoting the fine print and it seems this is, indeed, a “new” card so bonus should be available to old cardholders.

  2. Thanks for that info, Potreroflyer. I’d be interested in any further information/thoughts on whether existing cardholders can get the bonus and whether this (like the other IHG card) is exempt from 5/24.

  3. @ Tim — No, it is not. I was just approved. This is my first Chase card in forever, and I am WAY, WAY over 5/24.

  4. @ Gary — I haven’t seen the following answered anywhere — I will now have the IHG Select and IHG Premier cards, so how do the 10% award night rebate and 4th night free on award stays interact? It would be pretty sweet if they stack, making a 4-night award stay 32.5% off. That would bring a 70,000-point top-tier hotel stay down to 47,250 per night on a 4-night stay.

  5. How do you reconcile your arguments that this card is NOT GOOD for ongoing spend, but GOOD to keep for the 4th night free benefit? If one is not using the card to acquire IHG points long term, what good is a 4th night free points redemption?

  6. I have had the Chase IHG card for several years now. Just received a letter from Chase that the program is changing in may. You use to get a free night every year good for any IHG property. Now the free night is only good for up to a 40,000 point value at property’s . This now means the low end crap property like Holiday Inn Express. The nicer intercontinental property that you need as high as 75,000 points is out. I just called and cancelled my and my spouse cards. No need to keep them since we never stay in the lower level property.

  7. @david, some people also acquire points via other methods, including, you know, hotel stays.

  8. GARY! How can you plug this POS card as most of us are organizing IHG card-burning parties. By the way, IC Milwaukee……dont even bother!

  9. Is it possible to use the new free night certificate and upgrade to a nicer hotel by paying additional points or cash? Doubtful but that would make it more appealing.

  10. Is it possible to use the 4th night free in conjunction with the annual free night > Extending the vacation to 5 days and essentially paying for 3? Now things get interesting!

  11. Does Chase subtract from the 5/24 rule cards that’s been voluntarily cancelled by the subscriber. I have more than 5 cards in 2 years but I have also cancelled 5 cards this past 1 1/2 years. I can’t get anymore Chase cards due to the 5/24 rule but yet Chase does not take into consideration the cancelled cards.

  12. Fortunately we are interested in staying at two nice ( we think) Intercontinentals in Thailand . They are both eligible for the free night .

  13. Albert Quan , nope . Canceled doesn’t erase from the account . Most business cards do not add to the account though .

  14. I, too, am curious about the possible benefits of holding BOTH cards. I understand people being upset, but I typically use my free night at a hotel that is 35,000 points – lots of great options below 40,000 outside of the USA (much like the capped Marriott and Hyatt card free nights)

    @Dalo – I stayed at 2 InterContinentals in Thailand last year, and really liked both. Also stayed at a very nice (and convenient) one in Seoul, that also is below the 40,000 point limit.

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