And you thought only airlines offered great credit cards? Here’s one that will get you major brownie points (as well as hotel points) for date night.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (ICH) may not sound familiar, but many of its brands are. In addition to the upscale InterContinental hotels, the group includes brands such as Holiday Inn (and all of its spin-offs), Crowne Plaza and Candlewood Suites. It also offers a number of brands such as Hotel Indigo and Even Hotels that you may never have heard of. The key for you, though, is the InterContinental brand, which isn’t quite as luxurious as a Four Seasons but is much nicer than your average Westin or Hyatt (noting, of course, that there are always a few bad apples in any collection; I’m looking at you, Four Seasons Las Vegas.). How would you like to wake up with this view?
The card comes with a 60,000 point sign-up bonus, which is enough to get a room anywhere in the system (Reward nights range from 10,000 points to 50,000 for the most luxurious) and have enough left over for at least one more free night.
It gets better, though. Every year, you get one free night at any hotel in the IHG system without restrictions. Other hotel cards do offer free nights, but they exclude their nicest hotels. The cost for this perk? The annual fee is waived the first year and just $49 per year going forward. We recently used our free night at the beautiful InterContinental Boston and got a room with a view of the water.
- One point per dollar for most purchases; two for gas, groceries and restaurants; five for money spent at the hotel.
- A rebate when you use points for a room. When you redeem your points for a room, you get an automatic rebate of 10% of the value. So if you stay at a 25,000 point hotel, you’ll get 2,500 points back.
- Platinum elite status in ICH’s program. It’s not worth much, but it’s something.
- At least once per year, the chain does a bonus offer where you can often earn 100,000 points or more. Unlike most hotel programs, which give the best offers to their most loyal guests, ICH gives the best offer to people who rarely stay with them, hoping to get you to stay more. Often, there’s a huge reward for staying just a couple of nights at an ICH property, making it worthwhile to do a mattress run (the equivalent of an airline’s mileage run).
Intercontinental is a program that I don’t use frequently, but I’m always happy to take advantage of the bonuses they offer, and you should be, too.
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