I updated my SPG primary card (my old card was worn out and not working always) and decided to listen to Hilary’s full spiel for a change. After she rattled off the new T&Cs for the SPG card, she indicated I also had the Premier Rewards Card and was eligible for 5,000 Membership Rewards (MR) points for adding the “extended payment option”. There was no charge, no fee, and the points would post in 6-8 weeks. I took the points without hesitation.
Katy got the extended payment option when she got the card (bad choice as she got no points). I canceled it on her card immediately and then called back to try and get the 5000 points for the offer. They would not put it on her card and said she declined it at the time she signed up for the card???? Hello? I just canceled it 5 minutes beforehand. Guess their computers don’t show it was actually on the card.
So now I’m on the lookout for the offer on her Premier Rewards Card, and you should be for yours as well. 5,000 points for 5 minutes is a nice rate of pay. I will be calling the number on the back of her card every month or so until it appears. Or maybe it will show up on the “summary of accounts” page on the Amex website.
I originally called the activation line to get the offer so you may need to find an activation sticker or use my activation number to make the call: 1-800-362-6033.
It never hurts to ask and 5,000 Membership Rewards points could be your prize. I like free points.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49