Big New 80K Point Welcome Bonus On The Awesome IHG Card

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Update: This offer for the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is one of my favorite hotel credit cards, and it now has a big new 80K point welcome bonus. The card is offering a welcome bonus of 80,000 IHG Rewards Club points after spending $2,000 on the card within the first three months. The card has an $89 annual fee, which is waived the first year.

If you don’t yet have this card, getting it is an absolute no brainer. The card offers:

  • An anniversary free night certificate every year, which is valid at any IHG property worldwide, pending availability; given IHG’s global footprint, that should justify the card for just about anyone
  • IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card, which gets you bonus points, room upgrades, etc.
  • A 10% rebate on points redemptions, for up to 100,000 points back each year

Get room upgrades as an IHG Rewards Club Platinum member

And now the card even has an increased welcome bonus, which is ~33% bigger than the previous bonus of 60,000 points upon completing minimum spend.

Also keep in mind that this is one of the few Chase cards not subjected to the 5/24 rule, meaning that you can be approved for the card even if you’ve opened more than five new card accounts in the past 24 months. This is one of the easiest Chase cards to be approved for.

I don’t recall ever seeing a bigger bonus on the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, so this really is tough to beat.

This is the lowest annual fee hotel card that offers an annual free night certificate, and it’s also the only hotel credit card that offers a free night certificate without a category cap or day of week restriction.

Seriously, just about anyone should be able to get at least $89 of value per year out of a free night at an IHG property. For example, I used my IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card annual free night certificate at the InterContinental Hong Kong this year, where paid rates were $300+ per night.


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I redeemed my annual free night certificate at the InterContinental Hong Kong

If you don’t yet have the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, this is a fantastic opportunity to apply. This card is worth getting just for the long term perks, so the increased welome bonus is the icing on the cake. This is one of those cards that I almost consider to be too good to be true.

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  1. are you wanting us to believe that you got a Harbour View room at the ICHK using the free cert? Thats 1 hotel that gives nothing to no one for free and if you arent a RA+ then you get zippo or did you pad the free cert onto a paid res where you reserved that room and they let you remain in it when the cert night came in to play

    Also 80k is a reg occurence Ive gotten it several times already, no big deal, its simply a wait game till they throw out there again

  2. Instantly approved for a large credit line! Going to start traveling for work soon too, so will put this card to use. Thank you, Lucky!

  3. Constantly surprised by the bad attitude of commenters who always have negative things to say, yet continue for some reason continue read your posts. Thanks for the great information– keep up the great work, Lucky!

  4. This is my single favorite hotel credit card…wish I’d gotten it w/ this bonus offer.

  5. Cool. My husband got targeted offers on this and we got it. Now, I’ll be getting it. Points breaks can’t be counted on, but we just got a great value on 3 points nights and the free cert is cool.

  6. What a great card. I have one for me and one for my wife, and the two free nights every year are awesome

  7. This is an excellent card, but if you’ve got no need for the points right away I’d wait for a 100k offer, usually targeted, but news gets out when one is active and Chase is pretty generous matching up to that offer.

  8. I just used my annual night certificate for a free night at the ICHK and also got a free upgrade to a harbor view room. I then used points for my second night. Oh and I got to see the SAR 20th anniversary fireworks. About the only thing missing was lounge access. Best hotel ever to stay at ever. I have Ambassador status. Agreed this is the best travel credit card to own period. The IHG awards program is just awesome also. The Alaskan card is a close second.

  9. So my wife has the card now and in an authorized user. Can I apply and get the card with the 80k signup bonus?

    The kicker is that we have separate residences in two different states. Legitimately.

  10. Madgoat… can you explain a little more on your comment? What did you mean about when one is active and chase matching offers..

  11. Wow. Really thinking about this one. I’m now doing some work travel where I’m staying at a IHG every few months so definitely thinking about this… Just have to figure if I want to hold and see if I can get more..

  12. Just singed in my ihg account and found that I have been targeted for a 100K points, so impossible not to try to apply, and on top also targeted for an offer if buying 120K points I get another 120K as bonus. (340K points for 1380USD!) worth it?

  13. Hi Lucky, A few questions –

    1) Do the points expire?
    2) Is anyone and everyone eligible for Platinum status?
    3) Do they have airline partners where I can redeem my points too? or just IHG hotels?

  14. @ john — Points expire after 12 months of inactivity, so as long as you earn or redeem any points at least that often, they won’t expire. All IHG Card members are eligible for Platinum status. While you can convert IHG points into airline miles, it’s not a very good value. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  15. FYI and YMMV (as always): I got this card under the older 60k offer and contacted Chase (via secured message from my online account) requesting a status match to the new 80k offer. About 4 days later, a rep replied that they’ll match the new offer and, since I already made the $1k minimum spend, they’ll credit the additional 20k points to my IHG account on the next statement. Yay! I think the catch is the match can only be extended if it’s been under 90 days since you were approved for the card. I *just* squeaked by (emailed them on day 81 and got the reply on day 85).

  16. Lucky, I applied for this card through your link. I got a $24,000 credit limit upon the instant approval. I’m surprised at how generous the credit line is.

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