Still Alive: IHG Premier Card Returns With 140,000 Point Welcome Bonus (& No Annual Fee For First Year)

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At the end of January 2020 Chase and IHG launched an incredible offer on the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.

In May 2020, we saw the offer disappear but the fantastic hotel credit card (and great welcome bonus) have returned. Let’s take a brief look at the card.

140,000 WELCOME BONUS

The IHG Premier Card has an incredible welcome bonus of 140,000 IHG Rewards Club points after spending $3,000 within the first three months. That spend requirement is pretty standard, however, the bonus is phenomenal.

But here’s the kicker… the card is offering a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year (then $89 starting Year 2)!! In other words, you could “try it before you buy it.” 😉

Often, banks will run a promotion where they have an increased bonus on a particular card BUT generally those cards will also have an increased spend requirement.

And just to give some perspective, the standard welcome bonus has been 80,000 points for a long time. Last year, there was a short time period when the offer had been increased to 125,000 points and everyone was raving about it and now it’s 140,000. That’s a massive increase!

WHY EVERYONE SHOULD GET THE IHG PREMIER CARD

If you’re not impressed with 140,000, here are a few additional benefits that you may be worth considering with the IHG Premier Card:

  • Anniversary Free Night: You receive a free night certificate every year you keep the card that can be redeemed at any IHG property up to 40,000 points.
  • Platinum Status: You get IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card, which offers bonus points for your stays and room upgrades (if available).
  • Fourth Night Free: When booking award stays, you get a 4th night free (saving up to 25%).
  • TSA Pre-Check / Global Entry: You can receive a fee credit once every four years for enrolling in TSA Pre-check or Global Entry.
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn
Photo Courtesy of InterContinental Budapest

Are You Eligible For The IHG Premier Card?

The welcome bonus on this card isn’t available to those who currently have this specific card, or those who have received a new cardmember bonus on this card in the past 24 months.

However, you are eligible for this card if you have any other version of the IHG credit card.

Photo courtesy of InterContinental Singapore

FINAL STAMP

The IHG Premier Card is an absolute no brainer!

In my opinion, the 140,000 point welcome bonus more than justifies the $89 annual fee on the card. In other words, every year that you keep the card, you are “exchanging” $89 for a free night in some of IHG’s premier properties.

Anyone interested in the Intercontinental Bali? How about the Intercontinental in Fiji? In addition to the free night, 140,000 points can cover multiple nights at many top IHG properties around the world.

I’ve alluded to my plans to visit Mauritius soon and the InterContinental Resort Mauritius looks very appealing…

InterContinental Resort Mauritius

Name your destination and compare the paid rates against $89 to calculate your savings.

Personally, this card isn’t a card I would be put much spending on, but you can easily extract more than $89 worth of value from this card given all of the benefits.

If you don’t have this card, I’d definitely recommend jumping on it.

So who is applying for the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card?

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