May 27, 2024
Best-ever 175K Welcome Offer (last call)

Update 5/3/24: This increased offer on the IHG Premier Business card will be ending at midnight on 5/15/24, meaning there’s two weeks left to grab it if you want it.

Today, Chase increased the bonus on the IHG Premier Business card to a whopping 175,000 IHG points. We’ve been at 140K on this card for quite some time, a good haul in its own right. Now, the intro offer is split into two tiers: you earn the same 140K after spending $4K within the first 3 months, then add on an additional 35K points by completely a total of $7K spend within the first 6 months.

This new offer is the best that we’ve ever seen on the IHG Business card and puts it squarely within the top ten of current business card offers on our Best Offers Page.

Best-ever 175K Welcome Offer (last call)
Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives – Garden View Villa outdoor seating area (image courtesy of IHG)

Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details

Earn 140K points after $4K spend within the first 3 months and an additional 35K points after a total of $7K spend with in the first 6 months
(Offer Expires 5/16/2024)$99 Annual Fee

Earning rate: 10X IHG ✦ 5X travel, gas stations, restaurants and dining, social media and search engine advertising, office supply stores ✦ 3X on all other purchases

Card Info: Mastercard World Elite issued by Chase. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.

Big spend bonus: 10K bonus points + $100 statement credit after you spend $20K in a cardmember year + make one additional purchase. ✦ Diamond status after $40K in purchases + one additional purchase in a calendar year ✦ Free night certificate (up to 40K points) after $60K in purchases + one additional purchase in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: Anniversary free night e-certificate good at IHG properties up to 40K points per night ✦ Ability to add an unlimited number of points to a free night certificate to book a higher-level hotel ✦ Fourth night free on award stays ✦ 20% discount on points purchases ✦ Platinum elite status ✦ Up to $50 in United TravelBank cash per year (must register your card with your United account)

Quick Thoughts

We recently redid our Reasonable Redemption Values for IHG points and found that they went up slightly in value, to .63 cents each. That would make this welcome offer worth ~$1000, one of the most valuable for a Chase business cards on our Best Offers Page.

While that’s the value you can expect when not cherry-picking awards, I find that I’m often able to get much higher value by doing exactly that, and can usually get around .8cpp-1.0cpp. Regardless of how selective you are, this is a terrific welcome offer and absolutely worth going for if the IHG program suits your needs.

In addition to the welcome offer, the Premier Business card also comes with an annual free night certificate that’s awarded every card anniversary. IHG increased the utility of these certificates for Premier cardholders last year as part of an overhaul of their rewards program. Now, you can “top off” the certificates by adding an unlimited number of points as necessary in order to book a standard room reward at a property with a higher point redemption level.

I did this in Seville, Spain, where I redeemed 40K certificates for a property that was 70K points/night by adding an additional 30K pts/night from my account. This is a great feature and makes it much easier to max out the value of these certificates. To me, the cert is easily worth the $99 annual fee, making this card a keeper even after the the first year anniversary.



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