A great credit card with a lucrative sign-up bonus which is seldom talked about, is the IHG Mastercard credit card from Chase. With this card, you can “unofficially” get an 80,000 point sign-up bonus after you spend $1,000 within the first 90 days.
You can apply for this card here – Note: This link takes you to a landing page where it does not state any terms of the bonus offer, hence the reason it’s “unofficial”. However, you should get the 80k bonus, and once you receive your card you can call up to confirm the bonus and terms.
The points from the credit card, can be redeemed at IHG locations worldwide which include the following hotel brands: Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and Staybridge Suites Hotels.
One of the options where at times you can get seriously lucrative value, is redeeming them for IHG’s “Point Breaks“. With “Point Breaks”, hotel rooms go for just 5,000 points per night. That means with the 80,000 bonus you can potentially get 16 free nights!
(Bear in mind that there is also a trick to buy Priority Club points for just 0.7 cents per point, which you can read about over here)
One of the great benefits of this this card, is that every year on your card anniversary, you get a free night, good at any IHG hotel worldwide – including the expensive Intercontinental hotels! The free night certificate is valid for one year from when it is issued.
This card does have a $49 annual fee which is waived for the first year. If you do not want to pay the annual fee but want the free anniversary night, you can just cancel your card once the free night hits your account as you have 60 days with Chase to get your annual fee reimbursed.
Other benefits of this card include top-tier Platinum status with IHG, no foreign transaction fees and a 10% rebate on IHG points redeemed during the year.
The 40,000 bonus on the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is still available as of now, but this card will soon transition into an American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard. Once this transition happens, the card will NOT be available for new applicants via Barclays bank, which is it’s current issuer – so this is from the last chances to get the card, and more importantly, the 40k bonus!
What’s awesome about this bonus is that it does not require any “minimum spend” such as $2,000 in 3 months etc;, rather you can spend as littler as just $1 to get the full 40k bonus!
There are also some other great perks on this card that you can still take advantage of including:
- First checked bag FREE on eligible bags for you and up to 4 companions on domestic US Airways operated flight.
- One free companion certificate good for up to two guests on US Airways operated flights at $99 each, plus taxes and fees. (Certificate is sent to new cardholders 6-8 weeks after the first purchase is made on the card.)
- Priority Boarding Zone 2 on US Airways operated flights.
- Earn 2X miles on all US Airways purchases and 1X miles on all other purchases.
- Check in at the First Class counter for all of 2014.
- One complimentary US Airways Club day pass each year.
- Redeem flights for 5,000 fewer miles on US Airways.
- 10,000 Preferred-qualifying miles every year you spend $25,000 or more on your card.
- 0% introductory APR for 15 months
This card is also easily churnable, so even if you had this card in the past, you can get it again with the 40k bonus.
This card does come with an $89 annual fee which is not (officially) waived the first year (some have had luck getting the fee waived by requesting or by calling to cancel the card). Though $89 for 40,000 US Airways miles (not even taking into account the other perks) is more than worth it.
This Barclaycard US Airways Premier World MasterCard will be discontinued very soon and this could be from your last chances to apply for it.
Once this card transitions into the new Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage card, there will be some different benefits and only existing cardholders will get the new card. It will NOT be open to new applicants.
You can read some more about this card over here.
If you applied for this card and were denied, you can call Barclays reconsideration at 866-408-4064.