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Earn a highest-ever 140,000 bonus points with the IHG Premier credit card

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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With brands like Holiday Inn, Kimpton and more, IHG hotels are everywhere, and the chain's IHG Premier and IHG Traveler credit cards can be useful travel companions when travel resumes.

With travel likely to get back on its feet in 2021 and people starting to think about taking a vacation — even if it’s not until later in the year — the current sign-up offers on the two IHG hotel credit cards might be just what you’re looking for if you want to earn a ton of points to use toward that trip you’re daydreaming about.

The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is currently offering a whopping 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on the card within the first three months of account opening, while the no-annual-fee IHG Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card is offering 60,000 bonus points after spending just $2,000 on the card within the same time frame.

On the other hand, the no-annual-fee IHG Traveler card earns up to 15 points in total for every dollar spent at IHG properties, and the same number of points as the IHG Premier in all the other categories.

Starting with your first IHG Premier card anniversary (meaning one year from the date you originally get the card), every year you’ll receive a reward night certificate to redeem at a qualifying IHG hotel.

All card holders of either the IHG Premier credit card or the IHG Traveler credit card get a complimentary fourth night when redeeming points at an IHG hotel.

When you apply for either the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck trusted traveler programs, just pay with your IHG Premier credit card and your application fee up to $100 will be reimbursed in full.

Even if you already have one of these memberships, you can always use your IHG Premier to pay for a friend or family member’s application fee and you’ll still receive the reimbursement — the name on the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application doesn’t need to match the name on the credit card.

The extra 80,000 bonus points you’ll earn with the IHG Premier easily offsets the $89 annual fee in the first year — with IHG points worth 0. 5 cents apiece, that’s another $400 toward IHG hotels, plus you’re getting all the enhanced benefits for 12 months.

The IHG credit cards are ones you’ll likely want to hold on to for years to come thanks to their benefits — even for the occasional IHG traveler.

In the first year alone, with the IHG Premier card, you’ll end up with 140,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening — valued at $700 according to The Points Guy — plus a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck reimbursement, which is worth up to another $100.

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