It is funny how you really never appreciate something – until it is gone. The old 80,000 point IHG card offer was around for quite a while and even included a $50 statement credit. When the public link was taken down, people were still successful calling in to get it but even that has changed as time went on.
Chase 80K Point IHG Offers By E-Mail
Now, the official public offer is 60,000 points. With a hotel program like IHG (because of their Pointbreak hotels), that is a loss of up to 4 extra nights in the bonus!
But, IHG has started targeting more people with the 80,000 point offer. Frequent Miler wrote not long ago about he and other IHG Platinum members were targeted through their IHG account when they signed in. I am not a Platinum (which you can be just for holding the card – but I do not currently have the card) and so did not have the offer in my account.
Yesterday, I did receive the offer through e-mail. I tried to isolate the application link but it pre-populated with my information and stripping the link down to the basic card offer brought up an “Offer Not Available” page. So, it does seem that you will need to be targeted to get the best offer – 80,000 points.
Finding The Offer
If you are like many of us, we often do not pay attention to e-mail ads or maybe it went to your junk/spam folder. If that is the case, here is what you need to look for to see if you have recently received the e-mail offer.
“80,000 Reasons To Book Your Summer Vacation” – try using that search string to locate the potential offer in your e-mail. It is the main line of the e-mail and that should bring it up, if you were targeted.
- Receive 80,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
- $0 annual fee first year ($49 each year after)
- Receive a free night each year your card remains open
- Platinum elite status as long as your card is open
Unfortunately, logging into my IHG account online did not bring up that offer – it stayed at the 60,000 point level. So, it would appear that you need to have the e-mail.
Alternatively, you could call into Chase and mention that there is a 80,000 point offer being sent out and you want to see if you had been targeted. Maybe mention that the 80,000 points would get you excited enough to apply while the 60,000 points is just not enough. They may be able to “find” it for you on your account (they did offer it to others who were not targeted in the past).
With IHG, 80,000 points can go a long way if you redeem for the popular 5,000 point per night Pointbreak hotels (current list here). If you are a fan of top-tier hotels, having 80,000 points is enough for one (at 50,000 points) while still leaving enough over to redeem for other rooms.
Even though the offer makes this a compelling card, the best part about keeping the card is the excellent 1 free night each year with your renewal ($49 annual fee). If you have trips planned near hotels that would give you the opportunity to redeem for that, it is an excellent card to hold on to (see The Dilemma Of Free Annual Hotel Nights for more information).