IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card

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The IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card is one of the all around best hotel credit cards out there. The 80,000 sign up bonus is a valuable offer and will get you a handful of free nights at IHG hotels. Plus, with the card you’ll get automatic Platinum elite status which gets your free room upgrades and extra bonus point earning opportunities.

Currently you can earn 80,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points after spending $1,000 within three months of account opening. These points can be used for free nights at any IIHG property across the world even during IHG’s PointBreaks promotion that offers discounted 5,000 point per night reward nights.

The card does have a $49 annual fee, but every year you pay it, you will receive a free night certificate that can be used at any IHG hotel. The free night certificate makes applying and keeping this card after the first year a valuable proposition. You can use the free night at IHG hotels that cost upwards of $800 per night, not a bad deal right? That said, the card is not the best card for everyday spending, and you will get much more for your money spent using the Barclays Arrival World MasterCard or Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Card Highlights:

  • You’ll earn 80,000 bonus points if you make $1,000 or more in purchases in the first three months from account opening.
  • IHG Rewards Club has great properties across the world and valuable point redemption opportunities.
  • Free night every year at any IHG hotels. (Certificate may be redeemed online.)
  • Automatic IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you hold the card.
  • Earn 5 points per 1$ spent at IHG hotels, 2 points per 1$ spent on gas,groceries and dining, and 1 point per 1$ on everything else.
  • Get a 10% points rebate on any redemptions. (Automatically post after the statement date)
  • Annual fee waived the first year, then $49.
  • No foreign transaction fees.

Our Take: The 80,000 point sign up bonus is among the best hotel credit card offers and pair that with the free night every year, this card is worth keeping in your wallet.

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(Disclaimer: The application page does not have a landing page with the offer details of the 80,000 point offer, if you want to read more about the offer check out this Flyertalk thread.)