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Get the 80,000 point IHG Rewards MasterCard offer: is it the best?

by on Mon July 10, 2017 • 46 Comments
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The deal

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The 80,000 point offer for the IHG Rewards Club MasterCard now available via public online application links after a long hiatus.

You can earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. There is also a $0 Introductory Annual Fee for the first year, then $49 a year.

This new deal is an improvement on the usual deal for 60,000 points, though it was sometimes available for a limited time with 70,000 points. The 80,000 point offer was last available to the public in early 2016.

The IHG card is not known to be subject to the Chase 5/24 restriction, which limits approvals if you’ve opened 5 or more credit cards in the last 24 months. So if you’ve applied for several rewards cards lately, this is one you might be able to get in on, but that could change anytime, and there’s no way to confirm in advance whether you will be approved.

Which deal should you get?

The 80,000 point deal is about as good as it gets for the IHG card, though some Reddit users report seeing a targeted 100,000 point IHG deal with a $2,000 spending requirement, and having luck asking the issuer to match the better offer after applying for the 80,000 point deal. So you might want to consider asking for the 100,000 point deal after you apply, but no guarantees it will be honored, and reports on getting a match are mixed.

Some people also report being offered the 100k IHG bonus by calling IHG reservations on 1 877 424 2449.

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 60,000 points a night, but is currently going for $450 a night in cash, a value of almost one cent per point.

In that case the 80k deal can get you almost $700 in hotel night value.

This luxury London hotel is located in the heart of Mayfair and overlooks the Royal Parks. Despite the top redemption cost, this category 11 hotel is still a good value for your money due to the quality of the accommodations and privileged address.

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InterContinental New York Times Square is another example where you can take advantage of redeeming points for an expensive, category 11 hotel. Although not precisely in Times Square, it’s a short, 5-minute walk, and the hotel sits right on the border of the Theater District.

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And if you’re headed to Eruope, the Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam is a great deal.

It’s easy to get a whopping 1 cent per point or even better value at this grand riverfront property. It’s still “only” a category 9 property, so if you are traveling to Amsterdam you might want to consider this property sooner rather than later.

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High-category, expensive hotels are not the only ones to look into for bargains. Sometimes you can get ahead with simpler hotels if they fit your travel plans. For example, the category 2 Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre has an unbeatable central location, as the name suggests, and offers panoramic views of Table Mountain.

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Holiday Inn Berlin City West is an even better value for the money if you want a place reasonably close to the airport and the city. And being a category 1 hotel, it costs only 10,000 points.

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Sometimes, your redemption value can be even better than the price suggests

Keep in mind that the lowest rate you see when you check the hotel on IHG.com doesn’t include taxes, so what you pay in cash will be higher.

But when you book with points, you don’t pay taxes.

Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar is a beautiful, boutique hotel located a half-mile away from the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and is already a great redemption at 25,000 points compared to the stated nightly rate.

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Since you don’t pay taxes on rewards stays, you save another $30+ a night, getting you over 1 cent per point in value.

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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.

Are there other reasons to get the card?

  • The card offers a free night at any IHG hotel worldwide each year you renew it, even its expensive properties, so it’s really easy to capture the $49 annual fee in value each year.
  • And you also get IHG Platinum status, its top level of recognition, for as long as you hold the card. This normally requires staying 50 nights a year, and offers priority check in and limited room upgrades when available.
  • It’s a run of the mill card for ongoing earning though, with 1 point per dollar on most purchases, and 2 points per dollar on gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants. Though that’s about the best you can earn with cards that earn IHG points.
  • The Chase Sapphire Preferred card earns points you can transfer to IHG at 1:1, and it earns 2x points on dining (like the IHG card), but also 2x points on travel spending, which the IHG card does not, though it doesn’t earn any bonus on gas and grocery spending.
  • But there are many more valuable transfer partner options available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card than IHG points, since things like flights United can earn you 2 cents or more in value if you leverage them well.

 

 

 

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46 thoughts on Get the 80,000 point IHG Rewards MasterCard offer: is it the best?

  1. William Rouch

    I am an IHG member. I just received the 80,000 bonus points reward advertisement. When I went to the website it was lined out as not available anymore. It clearly states to apply by March 31, 2017 and today is only the 20th.

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      1. William Rouch

        The flyer states and I still have it “Learn more and apply at ihgrewardsclub/80koffer by March 31, 2017

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    1. Prad

      i was successful in getting the 80K offer. After applying for the 70K offer i’ve called chase and said that i applied for 80K offer link which in reality doesn’t exist. But chase was so nice to honor that extra 10k points once i meet the minimum spend limit. They even mailed a letter to me saying that they will post extra 10k points once i meet min spend. i need to wait until the billing stmt gets closed.

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  2. gary

    Hi, how do you compare the current IHG,Marriott, and Hilton Surpass offers? I do have the CSP and the SPG.

    thanks

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  3. Connie

    How soon after I spend $1000 will my points (80,000) appear in my IHG rewards account? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Connie – Generally shortly after the statement that reflects when you hit that $1,000 is generated, but officially it can take several weeks.

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  4. Susie

    I applied for the IHG card late in August, I spent just over $1,000 within days of receiving and the $50 sign up credit was applied. My billing cycle closed with just under $1,000 due. Does this mean I didn’t make the spending requirement yet? The cycle literally just ended yesterday, no statement to view yet, and also no points transferred to my IHG account. Was hoping to use the rewards for a 10/2 stay.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Susie – You’re cutting it close. Though if the statement amount was just $1,000 less the $50 credit, then there is a chance you could get the points soon. But sometimes if you hit the threshold close to the statement date it waits until the following statement to post.

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  5. Ed

    Thank you for the info- I actually noticed the deal now exists for either 80,000 point or 60,000 + $50 statement credit. Quick question though, do I have to use the points towards hotel stays with IHG or can I redeem it through chase- say cash back or statement credit or w.e.?

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  6. Diane Del Fante

    Can I apply for a new card and still get the 70K points? If so, how to I apply. (I keep seeing 60K)

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Farah – Unfortunately not. You can though transfer Chase points to IHG, including those you earned via your Freedom if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

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  7. Cindy

    So, where it states: This bonus offer is available to you as long as you have not received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the past 24 months. The special offer is good until March 31, 2015. – Does this mean if I got the CHASE Marriott within the last 24 months that I would not get this bonus?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Cindy – You’re good – the 24 months refers to when you last received a bonus for this particular card, the IHG card.

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  8. Emnet

    Hmm, so if I get approved for the card and use it to purchase, (2 of the 100000 points for $565) promo they have going on right now…this would qualify me for the 70k points in bonus that card is currently offering because I would spend over $1000, but my question is, will I still get the 5X points for every $1 I spend since those promo points are being sold by IHG? That would put me in at 275,000 IHG points. That’s a lot of free hotel stays that would not only make up for the $49 annual fee, which is waived the first year anyway, but also for the grand I’m going to spend getting those promo points.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Ernest – You only get the 5x points for purchases that show up on your room bill. But the purchase of points does qualify toward the $1,000 in spending.

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  9. steven

    If I have my IHG account set to send all of my earned points to my United mileage plus account, will the 60,000 or 70,000 bonus points also go to my United account? And if so, is it a 1 to 1 transfer?
    Thanks!!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Chris – Yes it does. New Years Eve is a particularly good night to get good value out of the certificate since rates are often high then.

      Reply
  10. Vicki

    How long does it take to get reward points deposited to your account after the initial $1,000 is spent using the new IHG card?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Vicki – When you hit $1,000, they will post after the billing statement is generated for that month. Though if you hit the $1,000 very close to the statement date, they might get pushed to the next month’s statement.

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      1. David

        Thinking to apply this card now. Do you think the sign up bonus will post before my Jan 5th trip? (given that i meet the spending requirement right after i get the card)

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        1. MileCards.com

          @David – It depends on when they set your statement close date. Wouldn’t count on it, since they usually give you 30 days of statement period. Though you may be able to request to move your due date forward.

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