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Lounge access for IHG Platinums?

Reader Wayne reports receiving an interesting postcard in the mail from IHG.  The postcard indicates that as an IHG credit card holder and therefore IHG Platinum member, he is entitled to lounge access “where available”.  Our first reaction on this is that it must be a mistake — lounge access is not a listed benefit even for top-tier Spire elite members on the IHG website. However, the card is not ambiguous and Wayne is not the…

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Chase IHG was the +1 at my application spree party

Chase IHG

Yesterday I detailed my latest application spree.  I applied for 10 Bank of America cards.  Four were instantly approved and the rest are pending.  At the end of the post I mentioned that I had applied for one more card — a Chase card.  Why did I do it?  Which card did I apply for?  What was the outcome?  Here’s the story… Almost two years ago I reported that my wife and I were considering…

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IHG Priceless Surprises on track for more than 40K points despite hiccup

IHG Priceless Surprises

In November I wrote about an opportunity to earn tens of thousands of IHG points by filling out and mailing in 3X5 cards to enter the “IHG Priceless Surprises” contest: More than 40,000 IHG points for more than $46 and a cramped hand.  Since then, many people have sent in cards.  Not surprisingly, it has taken a while to get responses from those mailings.  However, those who did receive email responses all “won” 500 points…

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More than 40,000 IHG points for more than $46 and a cramped hand

IHG Priceless Surprises

Last week I wrote “Between 23,000 and 40,000 points for $46 and a cramped hand.” The idea discussed in that post was that you could enter the IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion by sending in hand written entries rather than staying in IHG properties.  Since the odds of winning something are pretty good, it looked like one could send it the maximum 94 entries and most likely receive between 23,000 and 40,000 points. More…

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Between 23,000 and 40,000 points for $46 and a cramped hand

IHG Priceless Surprises

Finally, a fun(ish) promo that doesn’t require flights or nights… On Monday, Deals We Like published a cool idea in the post “Spend $46 and Earn at Least 47,000 IHG Points!”  IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) has an upcoming promotion called Priceless Surprises.  Unlike most airline and hotel promotions, this one does not require travel.  The promo offers two ways to earn “Priceless Surprises”: 1) Complete two eligible stays; or 2) Mail in a hand-printed 3”…

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IHG signup bonus no longer counting towards status

IHG status credit card bonus

A few weeks ago, after publishing “How to find the best IHG signup offer: 80K points plus $50,” a number of readers contacted me to let me know that the points they had earned from signing up for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card had counted as elite qualifying points.  75,000 elite qualifying points are required for IHG’s new Spire status and Spire status offers a Choice Benefit of 25,000 points.  So, those who…

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IHG Spire: Ideas for nabbing the new 25K Choice benefit without staying in hotels.

25K Choice benefit

UPDATE: It appears that points from credit card signup bonuses no longer count as elite qualifying.  As a result, a number of items in this post are no longer relevant. IHG finally named their new top-tier elite status: Spire.  Inspiring, right?  And, now that they’ve added a new top tier, IHG will surely offer top tier perks competitive with other chains, right?  Free breakfast?  Guaranteed lounge access?  Suite upgrade certificates?  Nope, nope, and nope. Spire…

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How to find the best IHG signup offer: 80K points plus $50

best IHG signup offer

Update: You may also be able to get the 80K offer via the telephone. You can find more information about that here. Chase’s IHG credit card is probably my favorite card to have, but not to use.  Most cards are good for some people, but not for others.  The IHG card, in my opinion, is a good option for pretty much everyone.  For a low annual fee ($49), the card offers a free night certificate…

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