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.
Lately we’ve seen several good Amex Offers for hotel stays, including for stays at select Hilton brands, Marriotts, Ritz-Carltons, Crowne Plazas, and more. Now there’s a new Amex Offer for yet another IHG brand.
With this new, targeted Amex Offer, you can earn $100 back or receive 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $500+ at InterContinentals in the US by November 30, 2018.
Personally I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so the 10,000 bonus point offer is better than the $100 offer, since I value 10,000 points at $170.
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 $500 in one transaction, but rather multiple transactions should qualify.
This promotion is targeted, though seems to be available on many cards earning Membership Rewards points. For example, on my account, I see the offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express. Don’t expect to see this offer on any co-brand Hilton or Starwood Cards.
Personally I value 10,000 Membership Rewards points at $170, so when you combine that with the promotion IHG is launching shortly, you’re potentially looking at a very nice return on your InterContinental spend.
Was your account targeted for this promotion, and will this cause you to stay at an InterContinental?
(Tip of the hat to Running With Miles)