The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is offering a potentially excellent new welcome bonus.
New IHG Premier Card welcome bonus
The $89 annual fee IHG Premier Card is now offering a two-part welcome bonus when you spend $3,000 within the first three months:
- Earn 125,000 IHG Rewards Club points
- Earn a reward night valid at a property costing up to 40,000 points per night
As a point of comparison, previously the card offered a bonus of up to 140,000 IHG Rewards Club points, without an additional reward night. So the new bonus gets you 15,000 fewer points, but you get a free night certificate valid at a property costing up to 40,000 points, which represents a significant improvement.
I’ve used a free night certificate at the Crowne Plaza Changi
Why you should get the IHG Premier Card
- IHG Rewards Club Platinum status just for having the card
- An anniversary free night certificate every year, valid at a property costing up to 40,000 points
- A fourth night free on award redemptions
- A Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check credit once every four years
For me the annual free night certificate alone more than justifies the annual fee, and everything else is the icing on the cake.
Get a fourth night free when redeeming at Six Senses properties
Yes, IHG just switched to dynamic award pricing
Just a few days ago I wrote about how IHG Rewards Club switched to dynamic award pricing without notice, and there are no longer caps on how many points are required for a free night redemption. As I stated in that post, this is a devaluation, plain and simple (Update: it appears that this devaluation has been dialed back somewhat).
As I wrote in that post, though, this doesn’t fundamentally alter the value proposition of the IHG Premier Card, at least for me as of now. Like I said, I have the card primarily for the anniversary free night certificate and IHG Rewards Club Platinum status.
I’ve just looked at all of the hotels where I’ve redeemed these certificates the last three times, and all still cost no more than 40,000 points on a vast majority of dates.
So while I don’t like these changes in terms of the value of the program overall, it doesn’t fundamentally change my perception of the IHG Premier Card.
I’ve used a free night certificate at the InterContinental Johannesburg Airport
The IHG Premier Card has a phenomenal new welcome bonus of 125,000 IHG Rewards Club points plus a free night certificate upon completing minimum spending. This is an excellent offer if you don’t yet have the card.
While I don’t consider the IHG Rewards Club program to be competitive with some other hotel loyalty programs, I find the annual free night certificate, Platinum status, and fourth night free on award redemptions, to more than justify the $89 annual fee.
Anyone plan on picking up the IHG Premier Card with this great bonus?