Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Citi®/ AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ MasterCard.
The 80,000 point offer for the IHG Rewards Club MasterCard is no longer available via public online application links
but you might have luck getting the deal by calling the phone number listed here (877 274-0851) and pressing 1 to get a representative. It’s a phone application line that will state the terms of the offer before you proceed with applying.
You might be targeted for it via email (search your inbox) or by logging into your IHG Rewards account at IHG.com.
Otherwise the current online public offer is now for 60,000 points, though it was also available for a limited time with 70,000 points.
Which deal should you get?
The 80,000 point deal is about as good as it gets for the IHG card.
We think IHG Rewards points are worth about half a cent each, so the extra 10,000 points you get from the 80k deal are worth about $50.
But it’s possible to earn more than half a cent in value with IHG points. For example the Intercontinental Park Lane in London costs 50,000 points a night, but is currently going for $500 a night in cash, a value of about one cent per point.
In that case the bigger 80k deal is more valuable, netting you about $800 in hotel night value.
Another example is in Los Angeles, where the Century City Intercontinental is going for $400 a night, but costs 40,000 points, netting you 1 cent per point in value.
And if you’re headed to Italy you can get 0.7 points in value for the Intercontinental De La Ville in Rome.
Or if you really like deep bargains, every few months IHG selects hotels that can be booked at the special ‘PointBreaks‘ rate of 5,000 points per night, which can yield 2 cents or more in value per point. The hotels they choose for this deal are usually in off the radar locations, so it’s for the adventurous and true bargain hunters.
And remember unlike many hotel point programs, IHG restricts the number of award rooms available at hotels, so you may not find an award available on the days you want to travel.
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