Enjoy a free night each year of card membership at over 5,200 hotels worldwide
Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a credit cardmember
Other cards earn points that you can transfer to IHG, as well as several other potentially more valuable travel programs
There is an annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49)
If you’re looking for the card that earns points for Holiday Inn or Intercontinental Hotel stays and lets you earn free nights, look for one that doesn’t say Holiday Inn or Intercontinental on the front.
From Chase, look for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card.
IHG Rewards is the points program of Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, and more. Every time you stay at one of those hotels, you’ll earn IHG Rewards points you can use for free nights at any of the hotels in the brand. And if you hold the credit card, you’ll earn more points on everything you charge, not just at the hotels.
There’s usually a big introductory bonus when you sign up for the card that earns you a lot of points, and you can see the latest deal here.
You also get a 10% rebate on your points when you redeem for free nights as a cardholder and there are no foreign transaction fees.
And, there’s good earning power:
Earn 5 points per $1 spent when you stay at IHG hotels. Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores & restaurants. Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
A free night every year
The best perk of the card is a free night at *any* hotel in the IHG group each year you renew the card, though there is an annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49). So a year after you get this card, you’ll get a free night.
With hotel nights often costing $100, $200 or more, it’s really easy to get great value out of the annual free night. As long as IHG is making rooms available with points on the night you want to stay you can use your free night certificate, and pay zero points for the night.
You also get Platinum Elite status with IHG Hotels.
That’s the top level of status at IHG, and normally requires that you stay 50 nights a year.
With Platinum Elite status you get complimentary upgrades to higher quality rooms, though don’t expect anything amazing like a suite. Think a higher floor or a corner room. And you get priority check-in to skip the lines.
This isn’t the only card that earns points for Holiday Inn and Intercontinental
Both earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and you can transfer these points into your IHG Rewards account at any time, 1 for 1.
The Ink Plus earns 5x points on stays at any hotel, including IHG hotels, while the Chase Sapphire Preferred earns 2x points.
So you can use points from these cards to add to the points you’re earning by staying at Holiday Inn, and use them for free nights at Holiday Inn and all other IHG Hotels.
Even better, you can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to several other airline and hotel programs, including Marriott, Hyatt, United, and Southwest.
That gives you lots of flexibility when it’s time to use your points.
These cards are a bit more expensive and carry a $95 annual fee. And they don’t give you an annual free night certificate or Platinum Elite status.
So if you’re really focused on building up your points from Holiday Inn, stick with the IHG Rewards Club Select Card. You’ll pay a smaller annual fee and get more benefits.
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Or, consider other cards for 50,000 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.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).