JPMorgan Chase went through some changes in their line-up for IHG Rewards Credit cards. The Premier card is the more upscale offer.
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IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card – Benefits
- earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months from account opening
This is a solid offer and gives you up to eight nights at luxurious properties. $2,000 is very reasonable too.
- Automatic Platinum Elite Status
IHG Platinum status does not get you so many guaranteed benefits. However many properties like to shine and give much more to Platinum members than required especially in Asia.
- Fourth Reward Night Free
If you often stay longer this is a great benefits. Keep in mind that both Hilton and Marriott offer the fifth night free to all elite members.
- Anniversary Free Night
This used to be unlimited – any property in the world. It is now any property that costs 40,000 points or less.
- $89 Annual Fee
This is not waived.
- No foreign transaction fees
- $100 Global Entry (TSA Pre fee)
You won’t need to pay the government to spy on your perfectly anymore.
IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card – best redemptions
Aptly named Pointbreaks often provide a number of 5 Star properties like the Indigo and Intercontinental brands. You can of course book four nights and pay only for three.
Eastern Europe and Asia have a good number of Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn that can be booked for 15,000-25,000 points a night. You typically get 0.7 cents or more for a redemption there. Again the fourth night will be free improving the value.
On the high end the InterContinental Hotels Resort And Spa Moorea, Tahiti is at 50,000 points. I quite liked the property when I went to Tahiti in 2017.
How to get approved for the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card?
Chase has gotten rather picky with approvals and has introduced a number of rules.
You can only have one IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card per person at one time.
You can not have received a bonus within the last 48 months for this card.
You can NOT have opened more than 5 credit cards in the last 24 months with ANY credit card issuer. However in reality Chase may only see a fraction of the cards opened with other issuers.
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