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The Chase IHG Rewards Club Select comes with 60,000 IHG points after spending just $1,000 in the first three months in which you open it.

The bonus isn’t what really makes this card valuable and worth keeping year after year, however.

Along with Platinum status at IHG Properties (think InterContinental, Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo), you’ll earn a free night at ANY IHG hotel each year after your card member anniversary. For an annual fee of only $49, that’s stellar. And yea–the card is issued by Chase. But the 5/24 rule is known not to apply.

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Quick Facts

  • Sign Up Bonus: 60,000 IHG points after spending $1,000 in the first three months
  • Category Bonuses: 5 points per dollar spent at IHG properties, 2 points per dollar spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • Cardmember Anniversary Bonus: Free night at any IHG property
  • Elite Status: IHG Platinum status 
  • 10% rebate on IHG points you redeem each year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: $49, waived the first year
  • Eligibility: Not subject to Chase 5/24 rule

Sign Up Bonus

IHG points are good for booking stays at all of the following properties…

  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Holiday Inn Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Candlewood Suites
  • EVEN Hotels
  • HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts

Check out Travel is Free’s list of hotels whose rooms are cheap in points for inspiration of where to stretch your sign up bonus. The list includes other major chains as well–would be useful to bookmark.

Holiday Inn Porto - Gaia (Portugal)
Holiday Inn Porto – Gaia (Portugal): 10k points a night

I don’t use hotel points/stay at hotels enough to have my own IHG point valuation, but I’ve seen varying valuations between .5 cents and .7 cents a piece, so let’s say they’re worth .6 cents each. That would make the 60,000 points bonus worth $360. Not super exciting, but also not the main reason to get this card. See it as icing on the cake.

First floor rooms at the Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort have balconies that turn into infinity pools
First floor rooms at the Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort have balconies that turn into infinity pools: 15k points a night

IHG PointBreaks

Perhaps the best use of IHG points is for their rooms they put on sale for only 5,000 points a night called PointBreaks.

IHG Rewards Club normally charges 10,000 to 50,000 points for a free night depending on the property. But every few months, IHG Rewards Club releases a list of a select few hotels where you can stay for 5,000 points per night. That’s a 90% discount on some hotels!

The new list of PointBreaks hotels is good for stays now through April 30, 2017. You can read an overview of current the list here.

Category Bonuses

Every dollar you spend at an IHG hotel earns 5 IHG points. Every dollar you spend at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants earns 2 IHG points. All other purchases earn 1 point.

Status

For as long as you have this card open, you’ll have IHG Platinum status. That entails everything outlined in the Platinum Elite column:

Again, nothing earth-shattering is listed there, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

Rebate on Points

You’ll get 10% of the points you redeem each year refunded, up to the 100,000 points cap.

A reader pointed out that thanks to this rebate, plus a gift for being a cardholder/member and staying at IHG, you’ll pay just 4k IHG points for a PointBreaks room.

Free Night Every Year

This is possibly the single most value benefit of the card and what makes it worth keeping year after year. Every year following your cardmember anniversary (note, not the first year, but there’s also no annual fee the first year), you will receive a Free Night certificate to redeem at absolutely any IHG property of your choosing. The annual fee is $49, but there are IHG hotels that cost over to $500 a night. It’s more common for them to cost $100 to $300 a night, but either way, you’re winning.

Here are some fantastic properties you may want to consider using your Free Night certificate on:

Chances are this hotel with its overwater bungalows and ridiculously scenic surroundings is someone’s desktop background. You know you’ve seen it before.

This hotel is known for having spotty award rooms available. If it doesn’t, the InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea is another great option in Bora Bora.

Read this post from milecards.com that details how to go about redeeming the certificate.

Eligibility

IHG Rewards Club Select is not subject to Chase 5/24 rule, meaning that even if you opened five cards or more in the last 24 months, you can still get approved for this card.

Fees

The card charges no foreign transaction fees and waives the $49 annual fee the first year you hold the card.

Bottom Line

I think there are two big reasons you should get this card:

  1. For the annual free night certificate
  2. To book PointBreaks Hotels for 4,000 points a night (with the 60k bonus you’ll earn for spending $1,000 in three months)

As long as an IHG property fits into your travel plans, the first reason is enough to merit keeping the card open year after year since the annual fee is just $49 starting the second year and IHG hotel rooms can be much more expensive than that.

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!


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