For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.
To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.
Now there’s a new Amex Offer for yet another hotel brand.
With this new, targeted Amex Offer, you can earn $50 back or receive 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $250+ at Crowne Plazas in the US by November 30, 2018.
Personally I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so the 5,000 bonus point offer is better than the $50 offer, since I value 5,000 points at $85.
It’s interesting to see this offer from Amex, especially since IHG’s co-branded credit card, the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, is issued by Chase.
All eligible room rates and room charges should qualify towards this offer, including taxes and other fees. It would appear as if you could use this even for a stay after the deadline, as long as your room is charged prior to the deadline (so if that’s the case you’d want to book a pre-paid rate — just make sure the hotel actually charges you at the time you book, because sometimes hotels don’t charge you right away for pre-paid rates). You don’t have to spend the entire $250 in one transaction, but rather multiple transactions should qualify.
This promotion is targeted, though it at least seems to be pretty widely targeted, with the exception of Hilton and Starwood cards, which makes sense. But I see the offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, and The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express.
Personally I value 5,000 Membership Rewards points at $85, so when you combine that with the promotion IHG is launching shortly, you’re potentially looking at a very nice return on your Crowne Plaza spend.
Was your account targeted for this promotion, and will this cause you to stay at a Crowne Plaza?