Part of the problem with having your computer repaired is that you miss out on a lot of the current buzz. For some, it’s celebrities and TMZ. For me? Miles and Hotel Points.
IHG Credit Cards
One of the things that I missed out on was an increase in the sign-up bonus for the IHG Rewards Credit Card, which has gone from 80,000 to a potential 120,000 points. IHG has a number of different brands, with the best-known being InterContinental, Kimpton, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. A night at one of their properties ranges from 10,000 to 70,000 points, so you’re likely going to end up with at least a few nights from the card.
To get the bonus, you’ll need to hit minimum spend thresholds. Spend $2,000 in the first three months from account opening and you’ll get the first 80,000 points. And after you spend $5,000 in the first six months, you’ll get another 40,000 points. Not too bad.
The card also comes with a free anniversary night each year (at hotels where rooms cost up to 40,000 points per night), Platinum status (which is largely useless) and the fourth night free on award stays. That’s not a bad deal for $89.
The “best-ever” perk with the card, a free night each year at any property, is gone, but the sign-up bonus is valuable enough that you should consider getting the card if you are going to use the nights.
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