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IHG Rewards – the loyalty program of Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, etc. – recently sent out a bonus offer via email to targeted Rewards Club members offering 5,000 bonus points after 3 nights at any of their 4,700 properties worldwide between May 15 and September 2, 2014.

IHG's Reel Summer promo offers extra bonus point opportunities for Summer 2014 stays.
IHG’s Reel Summer promo offers extra bonus point opportunities for Summer 2014 stays.

I love promotions like this because they reward you for brand loyalty without making you jump through hoops to earn the bonus. This promotion is targeted , but there are reports that non-targeted Rewards Club members have also been able to register. Even if you haven’t received an email from IHG, try registering here with the promo code 7093 to see if you can earn the bonus. Once you register, simply stay 3 nights at properties in the IHG family and your account will be credited with the extra 5,000 points! IHG frequently lets you stack bonuses for various promotions, so if you have travel planned this month, you should also register for the 1,000 points bonus for stays through May 30, 2014.

A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points, and no retroactive bonus points will be awarded for stays prior to registration. You can only earn the bonus once during the promotional period. You must be a member with a registered member number to participate, so if you haven’t yet signed up for IHG Rewards, this is a golden opportunity!

The 5,000 point bonus from this promo makes a nice addition to the signup bonus from the  IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which offers 60,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening (or via this FlyerTalk thread there are 80,000 point offers out there). This card also comes with an annual free night certificate redeemable at any hotel in the IHG family, and confers Platinum Elite status to the cardholder. There is a $49 annual fee that is waived the first year.

If you already have the IHG Mastercard but want more ways to top up your account, keep in mind that IHG is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards if you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus, so that’s a quick and easy way to boost your balance, though “buying” points for less than a cent per piece through their Cash & Points program is a smarter, cheaper bet than transferring from Chase.

Keep an eye out for more IHG Rewards promos this summer, and maximize your points earnings for IHG hotel stays!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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