IHG Rewards Club Credit Card review April 2020

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Designed for full-time travellers, this credit card multiplies the value of the IHG loyalty programme.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).

12 months

0% interest on balance transfers

22.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Up to 10,000 points

Intro bonus

Details

IssuerCreation Financial Services
NetworkMastercard
Rep. APR22.9% (variable)
Annual/monthly fees£0
Loyalty schemeIHG Rewards
IncentiveReceive an additional 10,000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points when £500 or more spent within first 90 days of opening until 31.3.20.
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.
2 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent abroad.
Incentive on opening10,000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points when spend £200 in first 90 days of account opening
Additional Rewards InfoInterContinental 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.
Purchases22.9%
Purchases interest-free period (days)50
Balance transfers0% for 12 months reverting to 22.9%

If you travel quite often, be it for work or for pleasure, you’ve probably spent at least a few nights at an IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) hotel – given that the group includes some of the most well known hotel chains in the world, such as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. Frequent customers may want to take a look at this credit card, that makes it remarkably quicker and easier to earn IHG Rewards to treat yourself with free hotel nights or airline miles.

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.

Compare cards that earn IHG Rewards Club points

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated April 4th, 2020
Name Product Max. intro bonus Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
IHG Rewards Club Credit Card Mastercard
10,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% (variable)
Receive an additional 10,000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points when £500 or more spent within first 90 days of opening until 31.3.20.
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.
2 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent abroad.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
IHG Rewards Club Premium Credit Card Mastercard
20,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
£99 per annum
45.1% (variable)
2 IHG Rewards Club point for every £1 spent in the UK.
4 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent at any IHG location in the UK.
4 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent abroad.
Free night voucher at any IHG property if customer spends £10,000 per year. Free night voucher to be awarded on account anniversary.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £99 per annum, your representative rate is 45.1% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The APR shown represents 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.

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated April 4th, 2020
Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
American Express Rewards Credit Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months, and 1 point for virtually every £1 spent thereafter.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
British Airways American Express Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% (variable)
5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Get a Companion Voucher when you spend £20,000 each year. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 4,000 points per friend/family member that successfully applies for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card) and uses the Referral Programme.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£100
1% cashback
1% cashback
£0
22.9% (variable)
5% on £1 to £2000 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 0.5% on £1 to £5000 of yearly spend. 1% after £5001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback in the first 3 months (max £100). Must spend £3K annually to earn cashback.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
The American Express Nectar Credit Card
20,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
2 points per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
28.2% (variable)
20,000 Nectar points when you spend £2K within 3 months of account opening. Earn 2 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent at Nectar partners and elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
£125
1.25% cashback
1.25% cashback
£25 per annum
28.2% (variable)
5% on £1 to £2500 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 1% on £1 to £10000 of yearly spend. 1.25% after £10001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback (max £125).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% APR (variable).
The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
20,000 points
6 points per £1 spent
2 points per £1 spent
£75 per annum
39.7% (variable)
Earn 20,000 points when you spend £3,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 6 points for every £1 spent at Marriott properties globally and 2 points for virtually every other £1 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £75 per annum, your representative rate is 39.7% APR (variable).
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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0371 376 9214), or alternatively set up a direct debit. A direct debit is a great idea because it protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee 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.

Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:
Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

How to apply for the IHG Rewards Club Credit Card

If you’ve compared credit cards and decided that with your nomadic lifestyle this card is definitely worth your while, you can apply online.

Be prepared to provide both your personal (such as address history) and financial (such as annual income) details. The application will start with a so-called “soft check” – it will tell you how likely you are to be accepted for the card, without impacting your credit score.

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