7 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card

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In January we saw Chase and IHG introduce an incredible limited time sign-up bonus on the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review), which in my opinion is a card that’s worth having long-term for the great perks it offers.

This really is a phenomenal card — it’s worth getting for the perks, and if you’re going to get it, you might as well do so when it’s offering the best bonus.

In this post I wanted to look at seven reasons to apply for this card. In no particular order:

140K Point Sign-Up Bonus

At the moment the IHG Premier Card is offering a sign-up bonus of 140,000 IHG Rewards Club points after spending $3,000 within three months.

Those are the most points I ever recall them offering as part of the sign-up bonus, and the spending requirement is even reasonable, which is great.

140K IHG points can potentially get you lots of hotel stays

Anniversary Free Night Certificate

Arguably the single best benefit of the IHG Premier Card, which more than justifies the $89 annual fee, is the anniversary free night certificate. This certificate can be redeemed at an IHG property retailing for up to 40,000 points per night, which covers over 95% of IHG properties around the world.

While this won’t get you a stay at one of IHG’s top InterContinental properties, I still find this to be extremely worthwhile, given that a vast majority of hotels retail for over $89 per night.

For example, I’ve stayed at the InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut and InterContinental Johannesburg Airport using free night certificates, and in each case a night would have otherwise cost $250+.

Redeem your anniversary free night certificate at the InterContinental Beirut

Fourth Night Free On Award Redemptions

The other best perk of the IHG Premier Card is that it offers a fourth night free on award redemptions. If you stay for four consecutive nights on an award redemption then you only have to redeem points for the first three nights.

This is an awesome perk, since it can be used an unlimited number of times (you can even use it to book multiple rooms at the same hotel). If you usually redeem points for stays in increments of four nights, this is like getting 25% off all your redemptions. This is a fantastic perk.

Get a fourth night free at the InterContinental Willard Washington DC

IHG Rewards Club Platinum Status

Just for having the IHG Premier Card you get IHG Rewards Club Platinum status, which is valid for as long as you have the card. IHG Rewards Club Platinum status includes the following perks:

  • Room upgrades, subject to availability
  • A 50% bonus on base points
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • A welcome amenity

Receive room upgrades as an IHG Platinum member

Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit

For some this will be valuable, and for others it won’t offer much value, but the card also offers a statement credit of up to $100 when you use your card for a Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check enrollment fee, up to once every four years.

This is a nice perk that could easily get you more value than the annual fee.

TSA PreCheckThe card offers a TSA Pre-Check credit every four years

Stack Benefits With IHG’s Old Credit Card

Some of you may be thinking “I have IHG’s old credit card, so the new card doesn’t seem worth it.” I agree that it might not be worth product changing from IHG’s old credit card to the new one.

The beauty is that if you get the IHG Premier Card, you can stack some of the benefits of the two cards:

  • Both cards offer an anniversary free night certificate, so you could earn two of those each year, and use them for back-to-back stays
  • The old card offers a 10% refund on redeemed points (up to 100,000 refunded points per year), while the new card offers a fourth night free on award redemptions, and you could stack those benefits; in other words, if you make a four night stay at a hotel costing 70,000 points per night you’d end up paying 210,000 points, and then would get 21,000 points back, for a total cost of 189,000 points, which is over 30% off

You are eligible for the bonus on the IHG Premier Card even if you have the old version of the IHG Card.

Anecdotally Easy Approval

Historically Chase is one of the tougher issuers with which to get a card approved. The IHG Premier Card has all the standard Chase approval restrictions, and this card is subjected to the 5/24 rule.

However, anecdotally many report that the IHG Premier Card is easier to get approved for, and that also matches my experience, as I got instantly approved when I applied several months ago (and I don’t otherwise remember the last time I was instantly approved for a Chase card).

It’s my understanding that Chase has different approval requirements for some of their co-brand cards, depending on the customer base they’re going after, and it sure seems like the IHG Card is the easiest of the travel rewards cards to get approved for.

Assuming you’ve otherwise struggled to be approved for Chase cards (while still being under 5/24, etc.), then this could be a good card to consider.

IHG Premier Card Summary

The IHG Premier Card has an exceptional 140K bonus right now, and on top of that the card is well rounded and worth holding onto long term.

Personally I’d get the card for the anniversary free night certificate alone, though there are potentially valuable benefits beyond that, including the fourth night free on award redemptions, IHG Platinum status, etc.

The best case scenario is having the IHG Premier Card and old IHG Select Card, since you can stack the fourth night free and 10% award rebates towards a single stay.

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  1. On the application it specifically states that you are not eligible for this card if you currently have an IHG Rewards Club credit card from Chase. I have the old one with the $49 renewal fee and this appears to me that I would not qualify for the new one.

  2. @ Stever — If you click on the “offer details” this is clarified:
    “This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months”

    As you can see, this is specific to this credit card, and not other IHG credit cards (hence the “this credit card” language). What it says on the main application page does make it a bit confusing, though.

  3. Regarding the “Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit”. Does it also apply to the renewal fee or only new application?
    Also, do you know how long this offer is going to last? Thank you

  4. You forgot to mention that the IHG card is one of the few cards that also still offers cell phone protection/ replacement if the bill is paid with the card. Definitely one of my favorite brands, especially the Klimpton properties, and one of my favorite cards for sure.

  5. @Lucky — 140K points is a high-water mark signup bonus for this card. Marriott now offers 100K points on the Bonvoy Boundless card. For someone who has neither card and could only apply for one (due to 5/24), which would you recommend?

    IHG card has a $3K spending requirement vs. Bonvoy Boundless’ $5K requirement.
    IHG gives 4th night free on award redemptions vs. Marriott’s 5th night free.
    IHG gives Platinum status vs. Marriott’s (almost worthless) Silver status.
    Marriott has a much broader footprint of properties plus more aspirational hotels.

  6. I’m sorry but IHG redemptions from Ultimate rewards are just ridiculously bad value. When Hyatt is a much better chain to be loyal to and redeem points, it’s hard to justify this in your 5/24.

  7. I don’t see in card agreement terms about phone protection if bill is payed using the card. Can you please refer me to this section in the agreement terms?

  8. Applied and was instantly approved. One note from when I called to ask for the card to be overnighted the agent told me the IHG card requires an extra step to setup the account with IHG. This delays the shipping of the physical card by a day or two. Good news is they will overnight to your location if your not at home. I’m hopping to get the physical card by the weekend to put $6.5k of rooms at an IHG property for a work event. Over 300k points from one spend thats reimbursed!

  9. Lucky where are the trip reviews?
    So much credit card marketing going on. Would you consider flying to see what load factors are like ?

  10. Applied for this card using your link yesterday. Chase needs more time to decide though. Did this card appear in your Chase online account automatically after you got approved?

  11. @Faye: I had the same experience. A day after the message, a credit inquiry was made. Then 13 (!) days later the card appeared on my account, that’s how I knew that I had been approved.

  12. @Lucky can you explain how to add this card to your IHG account if you already have the old one in there? I tried to but looks like I have to remove it in order to associate the new one. I don’t want to do that and cause any issues though. Also not sure how to get both free night certs if only one is registered in there.

  13. @Craig jnr.

    I guess you haven’t followed the news. Otherwise you are those who advocate for community spread.

    He shouldn’t be traveling any time soon. Nothing significantly different in domestic flights from his recent reviews to even make it worthwhile for another review.

    Unfortunately there are cases in FL now. Otherwise I would have suggested a low-cost showdown from FL in the absence of international premium cabin. @Lucky maybe in the near future do a US showdown with back to back Spirit Allegiant Sun Country Frontier. Another Mexican showdown with InterJet Volaris Viva.
    Oh and for the sake of the haters, review LCC credit cards too.

    That sounds painfully fun.

  14. @Daniel B. Thanks for your response. I got an e-mail from Chase stating “Please call us to discuss your credit application”, so I called and after a few verification questions — approved!

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