9 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card

9 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card

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The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review) is phenomenal — it’s worth getting for the very good welcome bonus, and it’s worth keeping for the long term perks. In this post, I wanted to look at nine reasons to apply for this card. In no particular order:

Welcome Bonus Of 150K IHG Points

The IHG Premier Card is offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 IHG Rewards Club points after spending $3,000 within three months. This is an excellent bonus, and on top of that the card has a reasonable spending requirement that most people should be able to achieve.

I value IHG points at 0.5 cents each, so to me the 150,000 points are worth ~$750.

150K IHG points can potentially get you lots of hotel stays

Waived Annual Fee The First Year

Not only is the IHG Premier Card offering an excellent welcome bonus, but the card’s $89 annual fee is even waived for the first year. This essentially allows you to try the card before you have to “buy” it. You can’t beat getting a bonus that big, all while not paying the annual fee the first year.

Get the annual fee waived the first year

Anniversary Free Night Certificate

Arguably the single best benefit of the IHG Premier Card, which more than justifies the ongoing $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 a vast majority 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+.

I’ve redeemed an 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, and you can even use it at Six Senses properties). 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

Cell Phone Protection

Cell phones are super expensive nowadays, so getting a card that offers cell phone protection could be well worth it. With the IHG Premier Card you can get up to $1,000 per year in cell phone protection:

  • Get up $800 per claim
  • This applies towards covered theft or damage
  • You must pay your monthly cell phone bill with your card to be eligible
  • You can have a maximum of two claims in a 12 month period
  • There’s a $50 deductible per claim
Get cell phone protection with the IHG Premier Card

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.

The 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. Furthermore, you’re also eligible for the IHG Premier Card (including the bonus) if you have the no annual fee IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card (review).

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 (and I don’t otherwise remember the last time I was instantly approved for a Chase card).

I got instant approval on the IHG Premier Card

It’s my understanding that Chase has different approval requirements for some co-brand cards, depending on the customer base the card is targeting, and it sure seems like the IHG Card is among 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 is an awesome hotel credit card that just about everyone who is eligible should have, even if they’re not otherwise IHG loyalists. 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.

This is a very well rounded hotel credit card, and for most the perks should more than justify the annual fee.

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  1. Kami

    I have both cards and due to co odds had five certificates banked. It was super easy to book my stay in NYC via the internet, never had to tall to anyone. And, I had to make an adjustment on the date and was easily done online.

  2. Alan

    Since IHG went to dynamic award pricing the program is nearly worthless. You even have to call to use the reward night (this was the case in July).

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Kami

I have both cards and due to co odds had five certificates banked. It was super easy to book my stay in NYC via the internet, never had to tall to anyone. And, I had to make an adjustment on the date and was easily done online.

Alan

Since IHG went to dynamic award pricing the program is nearly worthless. You even have to call to use the reward night (this was the case in July).

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