New Chase IHG Credit Card Options

Old Apr 4, 18, 12:56 pm
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Post New Chase IHG Credit Card Options

The two new personal Chase IHG credit cards are now showing online with available details, but with no application links yet as of April 4th, 2018.

https://www.chase.com/content/chase-...edit-cards/ihg

The three options will be:
  • IHG Rewards Club Premier (World Elite MC) - NEW!
  • IHG Rewards Club Traveler (MC) - NEW!
  • IHG Rewards Club Select (MC) - Existing Card

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Old Apr 4, 18, 1:32 pm
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Having a World Elite Mastercard entitles you to Hertz President's Circle, not bad.

Edit* I guess it only works for those located in the Middle East.

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Old Apr 4, 18, 2:01 pm
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Good find. I wonder if the new cards will be going live tomorrow (4/5) or the day after... since Chase said new applicants for the existing card before 4/5 would still get the unrestricted annual free night for the first year... so perhaps today or tomorrow will be the final day to apply for the existing card.
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Originally Posted by dw View Post
Good find. I wonder if the new cards will be going live tomorrow (4/5) or the day after... since Chase said new applicants for the existing card before 4/5 would still get the unrestricted annual free night for the first year... so perhaps today or tomorrow will be the final day to apply for the existing card.
Guess we'll see. As a current select holder with an anniversary in Sept. my plan is to collect the free night and then close account to reopen/collect on an IHG Premier card bonus.

Wonder if there will be any upgrade bonus offers or restrictions on a Premier bonus?

My original IHG bonus will be going on 3-years, so I'm good there if it is a standard churn 24-month deal, but they could go the Citi bonus route and pull the whole Open OR Close 24-month rule that would stink!
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I'm confused! So will the Traveler replace the current card or will they have 3 cards? If the Traveler replaces the current version then there is no mention at all of a free night! That would mean you would need to "upgrade" to the Premier at a higher cost to get even less...40k redemption vs free night now.
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Old Apr 4, 18, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by christianj View Post
I'm confused! So will the Traveler replace the current card or will they have 3 cards? If the Traveler replaces the current version then there is no mention at all of a free night! That would mean you would need to "upgrade" to the Premier at a higher cost to get even less...40k redemption vs free night now.
The current card will not be offered to new applicants starting soon, but for the time being the existing cardholders will most likely be "grandfathered" into the $49 annual fee with existing benefits (though clearly with the inferior anniversary free night). Chase has a history of supporting legacy co-branded cards that are no longer offered, so I don't think existing cardholders will see any changes for a few years.

EDIT to add: In fact, if you look at this link, Chase has already moved the exiting card to the page with all the other "legacy" cards that presumably some people are still holding and haven't been forced to convert to a newer card product:
https://www.chase.com/personal/credi...s/other-ihg-cc
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Originally Posted by christianj View Post
I'm confused! So will the Traveler replace the current card or will they have 3 cards? If the Traveler replaces the current version then there is no mention at all of a free night! That would mean you would need to "upgrade" to the Premier at a higher cost to get even less...40k redemption vs free night now.
As far as I see FOR NOW there will be 3 IHG CC options, Travelers - $29 AF, Select - $49 AF and Premier - $89 AF.

The Select application link is still alive and ready with the 60k points bonus and restricted Free Night.

https://www.frugaltravelguy.com/2018...new-cards.html

Last edited by Tony300S; Apr 4, 18 at 2:20 pm Reason: Might be wrong about the Select, but it's an option for now.
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Originally Posted by FlyingKansan View Post
Having a World Elite Mastercard entitles you to Hertz President's Circle, not bad.

Edit* I guess it only works for those located in the Middle East.
Full World Elite travel perks listed here: https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/cons...-benefits.html
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So, any thoughts on whether IHG and Chase will allow simultaneous possession of the old card and the Premier? In other words, the ability to get two free nights per year--although at the 40K, with some exceptions., limit.

Despite some of the outcry, if that's the new landscape, I think $130 for two free nights, even limited as above, is an attractive proposition. Maybe that possible combination explains the "devaluation".
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I'm a bit underwhelmed by the Premier card. If there was a 10% rebate and even 60,000 point free night, I would pay $150, maybe $200 for the annual fee.
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Does anyone know - if you're a holder of the current/sunsetting card, are you still eligible for the sign-up bonus for the new $89 card? Since I've already burned my free night this year and have a fair amount of IHG spend left, I'd probably just get the new card and cancel the old one.
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Originally Posted by Tony300S View Post
Full World Elite travel perks listed here: https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/cons...-benefits.html
Not sure all World Elite benefits will apply.
Remember Chase did not provide all of the Infinite benefits on the CSR
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do you get 20% discount on points purchased with points+cash?
does 4th night free include points+cash stays?
if you have both the new premier and the old $49 card, do you get 2 anniversary free nights?

i may downgrade my existing $49 card to the no fee one in order at least to lock in gold elite status forever. the 'traveler' card requires $10,000 spend for gold elite status, the existing no fee IHG card has no spend requirement for gold status
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Old Apr 5, 18, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by Super Mario View Post
I'm a bit underwhelmed by the Premier card. If there was a 10% rebate and even 60,000 point free night, I would pay $150, maybe $200 for the annual fee.
I think the "4th Night Free" benefit will be a great perk, and per the terms it's unlimited in use:
"Members can utilize the 4th Reward Night Free benefit on an unlimited number of stays annually."

Example.... let assume TWO 4-night reward stays at an upper tier 60K point per night hotel.... Total cost 480,000 points.

With the current Select CC 10% rebate you'll get back 48,000 points and spend 432,000 as a result.
With the new Premier CC 4th night free you'll save 120,000 points and spend ONLY 360,000 points.
That's a savings of 72,000 points or basically more than an extra night worth $360 @ a $0.005 point value.

Also remember, the 10% rebate is/was capped at 100K points per year. I can seen though that this will benefit the points rich IHG members much more than casual users, but then again isn't that what a top tier hotel CC should be?

Plus the TSA Pre/Global Entry is basically a $25 per year value outright since it's capped at $100 every 4-years.

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Originally Posted by Tony300S View Post
I think the "4th Night Free" benefit will be a great perk, and per the terms it's unlimited in use:
"Members can utilize the 4th Reward Night Free benefit on an unlimited number of stays annually."

Example.... let assume TWO 4-night reward stays at an upper tier 60K point per night hotel.... Total cost 480,000 points.

With the 10% rebate you'll get back 48,000 points and spend 432,000 as a result.
With the 4th night free you'll save 120,000 points and spend ONLY 360,000 points.
That's a savings of 72,000 points or basically more than an extra night worth $360 @ a $0.005 point value.

Also remember, the 10% rebate was capped at 100K points per year. I can seen though that this will benefit the points rich IHG members much more than casual users, but then again isn't that what a top tier hotel CC should be?

Plus the TSA Pre/Global Entry is basically a $25 per year value outright since it's capped at $100 every 4-years.
I thought the new card did not have 10% rebate??
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