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The IHG Rewards Club Credit Card has been discontinued and is no longer available. However, this information has been kept for historical purposes. You can use this page to compare similar cards from other issuers.
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In a nutshell:
Up to 10,000 points
0% interest on balance transfers
|Issuer||Creation Financial Services|
|Representative APR||22.9% APR (variable)|
|Loyalty scheme||IHG Rewards|
|Incentive||Receive 1 IHG Rewards Club point for every £1 spent in the UK. 2 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent at any IHG location in the UK and 2 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent abroad.|
|Incentive on opening||10,000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points when spend £200 in first 90 days of account opening|
|Additional Rewards Info||InterContinental Hotel Group Gold Elite Status on opening account with following benefits: 10% extra bonus points on top of usual points, priority check-in on guaranteed reservations, extended check-out, no black-out dates on Reward nights and a dedicated customer service line.|
|Purchases interest-free period (days)||50|
|Balance transfers||0% for 12 months reverting to 22.9%|
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Normally, with the IHG loyalty programme, you only earn points when you spend at IHG or its partners, for example, you get 10 points for every £1 you spend at most IHG hotels. However, with the IHG Rewards Club Credit Card you’ll earn additional points every time you use it, no matter what for. You can redeem the points for a variety of prizes, from hotel bookings to retail gift cards to car rentals.
Other perks include priority check-in, extended check-out and a dedicated customer service line.
Aside from the benefits dedicated to the travel addicted, this credit card’s financial features earn it a decent place in the overall credit card market. There’s no annual fee and, provided you don’t carry a balance from month to month, you’ll enjoy up to 50 days of 0% interest on your purchases each billing cycle.
If you’re carrying a balance on another card and you’re considering moving it because of the interest it’s costing you, this card may have something in it for you. If you do a balance transfer, you’ll enjoy a 0% rate on it for 12 months. However, there is a balance transfer fee of 3% (min. £3) to consider, and if you don’t clear your balance in full within that time, any outstanding balance will start to accrue interest at the card’s standard rate.
As this card is on the Mastercard network, it’s accepted in more than 40 million locations worldwide. You’ll also be able to enjoy access to Priceless Cities experiences.
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Approval for any credit card depends on your status. The representative APRs shown represent the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances, the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.
You can make manual repayments through Creation Financial Services's app by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0371 376 9214). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.
A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) or losing any promotional rates as a result.
You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.
|Minimum amount||Fixed amount||Fixed percentage||Full amount|
Sorry – Creation Financial Services is no longer accepting applications for this card. However you may wish to consider one of the alternatives listed above.
If Creation Financial Services is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Creation Financial Services's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £100 and Creation Financial Services does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Creation Financial Services that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.
Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.
The cash advance fee on the IHG Rewards Club Credit Card is 3% (min. £5). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £5.00. Withdraw £250 and you'll incur a fee of £7.50.
The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 27.9%, which is 22% more than the standard purchase rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 50 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge (which is very standard). For example, if you spend 200 euros (£172.32), it'll cost you around £5.15 in fees.
Each month you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the 2 figures is greater. So if you had, say, £450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £2,000.00 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.
Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.
Our experts score rewards credit cards to determine their value against similar products on the market. We look at a number of important factors, like welcome bonuses, introductory and ongoing earn-rates, any caps or restrictions on the points you can earn, plus the potential costs involved with running the card both in the short and longer term.
You can read more about our scoring criteria on our credit card methodology page.
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