Many of you have asked how we rack up points. Signing up for a new credit card and earning lucrative sign-up bonus is a sure way of racking up those points. Here’s the latest on the IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group – think of Intercontinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo chains). They are currently offering an insane deal of 140,000 bonus points. The usual offer was 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000. The new offer gives you 140,000 bonus points.
I don’t get any commission on this, nor do I get any referral points. But I want to make sure I share this with you.
What’s the deal
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Card
- Annual Fee is $89.
- You Earn 140,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.
- The $89 annual fee is easily washed away when you get Anniversary free night:
Wait, I already have an IHG card
Where have I stayed with this card?
I love this card. I’ve stayed at many properties and I went for the gusto.
- Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Beverly Hills – I was given a 1 bedroom suite for my free night certificate
- Intercontinental Hong Kong – we were given an Executive Suite Upgrade, swam in their infinity pool overlooking Hong Kong skyline
- Hotel Indigo Madrid – perfect location with a rooftop infinity pool for the kids and the rest of the family.
This is a great offer if you were looking at getting an IHG card. However, just know that if you want an all-around card, and you’re just starting out, I highly recommend going with the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.
How to begin flying nearly free
There are many credit cards out there. The points earned with Chase have been my favorite for many years. These Ultimate Rewards points could be used with different partner airlines (see below), hotel, car rentals. Here are the Chase Cards that I, myself, use on a regular basis which can earn you these Ultimate Rewards.The cards listed below also offers flexibility in transferring to other airlines and hotels (see below).
a. Chase Sapphire Preferred (click here)– earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a perfect starter card. With its current 60,000 bonus points, those points alone have gotten us two tickets to Hawaii, have gotten us to many countries and cities in Europe and Asia, just as an example. The sign up bonus alone can be worth as much as $1,000 or more in travel.
– 60,000 Ultimate Rewards sign up bonus after $4,000 in spend in the first three months
– Points are transferable to:
- Hotel Partners
- Airline travel partners
- United Airlines
- British Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Flying Blue
- Virgin Atlantic
- Aer Lingus
– Points are worth 1.25 cents each when redeemed through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal
– Primary rental car collision damage waiver
– Earn 2X points on all travel and dining
– $95 annual fee
If I were just starting out in earning miles and points, I suggest starting out with this card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred
b. Chase Sapphire Reserve – earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (I don’t have an active link at the time this was published, feel free to search on the net for a recent link, or check with me). Here’s a write up that I wrote on both Sapphire cards.
c. Chase Ink Business Preferred– earn 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards, perfect for those with small business.
I value my points earned with Chase. Here’s a write-up I wrote last year as to how we travel for nearly free (click here) with points earned with these credit cards.
For other cards that have helped us travel for nearly free, I recently I updated my favorite travel credit cards. I’ve also written this recently:
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Lastly, here Reader Success Tales that I featured on my site.
- The Yamaguchi’s European Holiday Vacation
- Stephen & Fiona’s Aspirational Trip to Japan
- $80 Trip to Costa Rica for 2 – Vanessa’s Tale
- Traveling is not just for the rich – Iza’s $11 Trip to Hawaii
- Last-minute trip to Hawaii – Bryan & Emily’s Tale
- The Smith Sisters conquer New York City – Gina’s Tale
- Seeing the world through my children’s eyes – Maricar’s tale