Would you like to visit New York and stay at the heart of the city at Times Square? Or would you prefer an upscale hotel in Athens overlooking Acropolis? Perhaps luxurious lodging right on the beach in French Riviera is more appealing to you? Choose from 4600 hotels worldwide and make your plans. With IHG Rewards Club MasterCard by Chase Bank, you can turn your dream into reality. The best part? Your accommodation could be free!
I am always on the lookout for new credit cards with great opening bonuses. Once I meet their required minimum spending and get the bonus, I often never use them again. IHG Rewards Club MasterCard is different. I have it for years now. There are many good reasons for that:
IHG Rewards Huge Hotel Base
IHG Hotels offer over 650,000 rooms and 4600 hotels across nearly 100 countries. Its brands include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, Even Hotels, Staybridge Suites, and luxurious Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts.
IHG Rewards Club MasterCard Reward: Free Anniversary Nights!
In my quest for free travel, I very rarely keep cards that have an annual fee. Once the opening bonus is gone and it is time to pay the fee, I close the card. (See how I manage to travel for free.)
I not only keep my IHG Rewards Club MasterCard but I often can’t wait to pay my fee! Why? Because it comes with an anniversary night which promises a new trip. The math is simple – with $49 of an annual fee, I can stay at top notch hotels around the world with daily rates up to $750 per night! I would never pay that price out of my pocket.
The annual fee of $49 is very low in comparison to many travel credit cards that charge up to $95 a year and give nothing for your loyalty. Other hotel cards by Chase Bank, Hyatt and Marriott, also offer anniversary nights but their annual fees are higher and the choice of rooms is restricted to lower category hotels.
Great Earning Power
You will earn five points per $1 when you stay at IGH hotel, two points per $1 in gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Everywhere else – one point per $1.
No Foreign Transaction Fees
It is always a plus when you can pay with your credit card while abroad without being penalized for using it.
Combining Power of IHG Rewards Club MasterCard Anniversary Nights and IHG Points
Just in few weeks from now, my husband and I will welcome our anniversary nights. We will be combining them with 60,000 points opening bonus our son received for opening his card (no annual fee for first year) and 68,000 points my husband still keeps from his opening bonus and earnings. That will pay for a beachfront hotel in French Rivera ( a trip I am planning for June of 2016). With the total cost of $98 for two annual fees, this combination will cover five or possibly six nights.
Note: Anniversary nights expire after one year
Variety of Lodging Worldwide
Anniversary and points nights are available at high-end hotels located in most popular cities worldwide like London, Paris, Vienna, Athens, Rome, Cannes, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more. So far I stayed in Vienna, Athens, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Each hotel was great. For an additional night at this category, you need to spend at least 30000 points.
Less luxurious properties are also available with anniversary nights and can be combined with lower number of points. I used anywhere from 5000 to 20000 points per night. Many of Holiday Inn properties can be found in great destination appealing to nature traveler like myself, among them Moab, Utah – a gateway to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park or Bar Harbor, Maine – right at the entrance to Acadia National Park. I stayed in both properties and they work perfectly for my needs.
For extended business trips or traveling with a family, a two-room suite for a price of one room would be ideal. Many IHG Hotels offer just that. These units come with fully equipped kitchenettes so saving money on food adds to their appeal. Two years ago my husband and I and my sister with her husband stayed in Candlewood Suites in Boston. It worked great for two couples.
IHG Rewards Club MasterCard Comes With Platinum IHG Elite Status
As long as you remain a card member, you are entitled to these Platinum Status benefits:
Priority check in
Late check out
Bonus Earnings on Top of Base Points – 50%
Complimentary Room Upgrades – subject to availability
Guaranteed Room Availability – 72 hour notice required
10% Rebate for Points Redemption
As a IHG card holder, you are entitled to 10% points redemption every time you use your points. It definitely wipes your tears after spending a big chunk of your points.
IHG Points Breaks
With this ongoing offer, you can stay at participating hotels for only 5000 points. Learn more. (offer available to all IHG members, not just the card holders)
Additional benefits of IHG Rewards Club MasterCard
Auto rental collision damage
Travel accident insurance
Travel protection benefits
IHG Rewards Club MasterCard credit card offer
Currently you can open the IHG Hotels card for 60000 bonus points if you spend $1000 on purchases in the first three months of opening an account. Remember if you pay your electric or cable bill, it is a purchase. This term is used to emphasize that balance transfers would not count toward your spending.