Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) is a large hotel company with close to 5,000 hotels in 100 countries. Its brands include Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and more. Right now, you can earn 60,000 IHG bonus points plus a $50 statement credit when you spend $1,000 within the first three months of account opening. That’s enough for 3 free nights at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown New Orleans or 2 free nights at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba.
The details of this card include no annual fee for the first year ($49 each year thereafter), an annual free night awarded each year on your cardmember anniversary and multiple ways to earn points including 5X the points when you stay at any IHG hotel, 2X the points on gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants and 1X the points on all other purchases. When you use points to book stays you will receive a 10% rebate (30,000 point redemption will get you a 3,000 point rebate). You will automatically be upgraded to IHG Platinum Elite status, which entitles you to extended checkout, no blackout dates on award nights, free internet, priority check in, 50% bonus on points earned and complimentary room upgrades. Also, there is no foreign transaction fees making this a great card to use overseas.
This is a great deal because IHG is a very well regarded hotel group with many brands in locations throughout the world. We plan to use our points when staying in Edinburgh, Scotland at Hotel Indigo or Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace.