HOT Deal! IHG Rewards Club Mastercard – 80k Points + $50 Statement Credit

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Chase IHG Rewards Mastercard Bonus 80k

Chase IHG Rewards Mastercard Bonus 80k + Statement Credit

Update: When clicking through to the application from the landing page, Chase redirects to the 60k offer. You may have success by calling. You can find other links and track the latest developments in this Flyertalk thread

I have long been a fan of the Chase IHG Rewards Club Mastercard. While I don’t use it for everyday spend, it is a card that I keep and pay the $49 annual fee for. As a cardholder, not only does it give me Platinum status, but I also get a free night at any IHG property each year. This year I used that free night for a $400+ room at the Intercontinental Hong Kong!

For several years the official offer on the card has given a 60,000 point bonus. For quite some time there has also been an unofficial offer for 80,000 points although it didn’t have a landing page and some people were nervous about using it.

Fortunately a new better offer with a landing page has surfaced! This new offer not only gives 80,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months of card membership, but it includes a statement credit as well!

The Offer & Benefits

Chase IHG Rewards Mastercard Bonus 80k

  • 80,000 BONUS POINTS – Simply spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months the account is open. This bonus offer is available to you as long as you have not received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the past 24 months.
  • FREE NIGHT – Annual free night.
  • 5X – Earn 5 points per $1 spent when you stay at our hotels.
  • 2X – Earn 2 points per $1 on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores & restaurants.
  • 1X – Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • 10% – Automatic 10% point rebate.
  • PLATINUM ELITE – Status as long as you’re a Select cardmember.
  • NO FX FEES – No foreign transaction fees when you use your card for purchases abroad.
  • NO ANNUAL FEE – $0 Introductory annual fee for the first year, then $49
  • STATEMENT CREDIT – $50 statement credit after first purchase within 3 months.

Here is a direct link to the application page. (This is not an affiliate link.)

Analysis

In my opinion this is a great card to get if you are new to the hobby. The bonus doesn’t require a lot of spend, you are awarded instant top-tier status and you get enough points for a number of award stays if you budget your points correctly.

It is normally very easy to find hotels for 10-15k points if you look hard enough. IHG also runs Point Breaks every few months for 5k points. I use Hyatt and SPG points for stays at nicer properties and save my IHG points for lower cost properties when I don’t need anything too fancy.

Conclusion

This new offer with the $50 statement credit takes what was already a great deal and improves on it. Like I said, this is a great card to get and keep for the annual free night and Platinum status. Good luck!

HT: Running with Miles


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16 COMMENTS

  1. Looks very interesting. Any speculation about how long this will be around (I assume not)? Hmmm … is it worth it to jump to get an extra 20k points and the $50 statement credit (which I think is what you said the difference was from the normal offer) …

    It’s been forever since I’ve stayed in an IHG. But seems like a nice card to have. Like your strategy of using IHG for “cheap” stays and Hyatt (or others) for “nice” stays. From a quick search of a few cities, it looks like 15-30k points is about normal for a cheap-to-mid-range IHG property, so 80k points is enough for 4 or so nights. Looks like you’d have to get pretty lucky to find a 5k room that works for most people’s travel plans (at least that’s my perception).

    I think I’ve seen some posts on the IHG/Kimpton topic, but haven’t paid a lot of attention. Is the assumption that you’ll be able to use IHG points for Kimpton eventually (and hopefully the free annual night)?

    • Also, looks like there’s not too much benefit to the Platinum status (used your handy-dandy hotel award chart to get there!) – especially if you aren’t paying out-of-pocket for rooms usually (and getting the 50% bonus)? Looks like the only other real benefit is free upgrades (when available), but can’t imagine that the lower-end hotels have much by the way of upgrades!! (but would be potentially nice for the annual free night in their nicer hotels!)

      • Internationally it is quite good. Most of the time they recognize the status and give upgrades even on award stays.

        Earlier this year I was given Suites on 3 out of 6 stays in Asia and the Middle East. All award stays. Here in the US it doesn’t do much, but you sometimes get a modest upgrade, free drinks and a snack.

    • I think the 80k offer is worth it and definitely think Kimpton will be integrated into the program, although that may take a little while.

      There is no reason for them to exclude Kimpton properties, since some Intercontinentals are as nice or nicer.

  2. I have just gotten a Ual Explorer card in Sept during the 50k offer and the ink card this Oct. Is it too soon to get this IHG card?

    • Mike – I think I saw a comment somewhere else (another blog or Twitter???) about people getting redirected to the 60k offer. I don’t have a solution or any suggestions (I haven’t done it – yet??), but I just thought I’d chime in and let you know that I’ve seen other mentions of the same issue.

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