Posted by sirtheta on February 1, 2017
Credit Card Offers IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard

Published on February 1st, 2017 | by sirtheta


IHG Rewards Club Select 60k Signup Bonus + 2k for Applying

At this point, hopefully everyone is aware that you can get matched from the standard 60,000 point IHG offers to an 80,000 point IHG offer by SMing Chase — though you’ll need to spend $2,000 in total, instead of $1,000. I stumbled across a landing page for what I believe to be a new offer (at least, I haven’t seen it before, and I’ve looked!), and I wanted to do a quick write-up of it because I think it has some limited usefulness when paired with an 80k match.

The Offer

Direct link to offer.

  • Earn 2,000 points just for applying for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, AND
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points upon approval, after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

IHG 60k+2k Offer

Card Details

  • $49 annual fee, waived the first year.
  • Annual free night certificate, valid at any IHG property, after each account anniversary.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add your first authorized user and make your first purchase in the first three months from account opening.
  • Earn 5 points per $1 spent when you stay at IHG hotels.
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores & restaurants.
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Automatic 10% point rebate on redemptions.
  • Platinum Elite Status as long as you’re a Select credit cardmember (points don’t expire for members with elite status).
  • No foreign transaction fees.

Our Verdict

I won’t go deep into whether or not you should apply for the IHG card — I do think it’s excellent, but your needs may vary and I think that’s better explored in other posts.

Rather, I would like to explore why you might considering choosing this offer if you’re looking to get matched to the 80,000 IHG offer. The two standard offers are 60,000 points for $1,000 in spend (via Chase website) and 60,000 points for $1,000 in spend + $50 statement credit after first purchase (via IHG website when booking, or a quick Google search).

There are also two targeted offers: one for 60,000 points after $1,000 in spend in three months and then 20,000 more points after $8,000 in spend in the first year; and another for 80,000 points after $2,000 in spend in three months and then 20,000 more points after $8,000 in spend in the first year.

Back to the public offers: the obvious choice is the 60,000 point + $50 statement credit. However — with very rare exceptions — Chase will not allow you to get the 80,000 point match without giving up the $50 statement credit (they re-bill it to your account). On the other hand, this link gives you 2,000 points just for applying! Sure, it’s a small number and some people would argue they’re only worth $10 — fair enough. The expected value of getting upgraded to an 80,000 + $50 match is much less than 20% though, so it might make sense to forego that avenue and stick with 2,000 points — if it’s a guaranteed pay out.

Please note: while I have written this verdict under the assumption that the 2,000 points are “safe”, and I believe that’s a relatively safe assumption (because it has held in the past — ~2+ years ago), there are no recent DPs about this, to my knowledge. Chase could take into account the 2,000 points and decide to only top you off with another 18,000.

If you’re considering applying for this card, you’ll definitely want to review the things everybody should know about Chase credit cards first.

32 Responses to IHG Rewards Club Select 60k Signup Bonus + 2k for Applying

  1. ag says:

    soooo, just apply for this card over and over until you have all the points you need /s

  2. John says:

    Not sure what I think of these new writers Doc.

    • Steve says:

      Agreed. Please add a filter option so we don’t have to see/read their posts. Thank you.

      • sirtheta says:

        Is there something in particular about this post you find bad? (I guess I am a little confused — I thought it was neat!).

        • Joel says:

          FWIW, I love your stuff sirtheta. Yes, your writing style is a bit different from William’s and Chuck’s style, but each flavor is compelling to me in its own way. I really appreciate your thoroughness, analytical tightness, and occasional flights of casual prose. I may not want to use every sploit you unearth, but it’s great to have the option! Thanks!

      • Guys, the least you could do is give them a reason why you don’t like the writing. Maybe that way there’s improvement, and then everyone’s happy, you know?

    • Steven F says:

      I agree with you John, however I’ll take it further and just say I don’t like content the new writer contributes. No datapoints and pure speculation is not what I expect to read here at DoC!

      • sirtheta says:

        Is there a way I could better indicate the speculative nature of some of my posts? For example, as far as I know, this offer is the first time the 2,000 points bonus for applying has been offered in ~2+ years, so there wouldn’t be any DPs about it.

        (In light of your comment, I have slightly changed the wording of my warning to indicate that it has held in the past, but I am still uncomfortable declaring with full confidence that it will work, since any DPs are ~2+ years old).

        • Steve F says:

          Thanks for your reply sirtheta and thank you for making note of the old DPs in the post. Please forgive my harshly worded reply. Your posts are mostly fine and my issue is probably more with my resistance to change to a new contributor’s style that I’m not used to rather than anything wrong with your posts; in this case it probably truly is, “it’s me, not you”.

          Keep up the good work and try to not let us poo-pooers affect you.

          • sirtheta says:

            No problem — I should’ve noted them in the first place! (I just forgot since they were the background for my assumption, oof).

            Thanks for your considerate response — I appreciate the feedback 🙂

    • This is a good post, not sure what you don’t like about it. All writers on Doctor of Credit are open to constructive criticism, so rather than just saying you don’t like the post it might be useful to know why.

  3. Abey says:

    This is one of my favorite cards because of the anniversary free night anywhereworldwide and the low $49 annual fee, unlike Marriot’s $85 fee and 1-5 category free night and Hyatt’s $85 fee and 1-4 (although Hyatts 1-4 is much better then Marriotts 1-5).

  4. Arun says:

    I got 50$ SC +60000 offer which is better than this i think.

  5. Brian says:

    Are you eligible to get the 2,000 bonus points if you already have the card. I’ve have the card over 2 years but i don’t want to cancel it. I’m just curious if they exclude existing cardholders from the bonus points (even if they won’t approve for a 2nd card). I’m not sure I’d want to do it, but I’m curious.

    • sirtheta says:

      Unfortunately, the 2,000 bonus points is not mentioned anywhere in the offer terms, so I am not able to give a firm answer about what kind of restrictions Chase has put in place.

  6. curious says:

    crazy thought, but what if somebody applies and accidentally types in their SS incorrectly and it automatically rejects the app, would they still get the 2k bonus for applying?

  7. John says:

    Hmm I am currently blacklisted from chase. Wondering if I would get the 2k points if I applied.

  8. Carla F says:

    I already have the card, for about 4 years now. If I close it, to open a new one, does anyone know how long I’d have to wait to apply for a new one?

    • sirtheta says:

      Carla, you should be able to cancel your old card and reapply for a signup bonus as soon as the card is closed (BUT – obviously I would recommend waiting for some amount of time, whatever makes you feel comfortable). This is because the offer terms state that you cannot currently be a cardholder and cannot have received a signup bonus for the card in the last 24 months – so there’s no restriction on when you had the card, only if you currently have it.

  9. dizzy says:

    I got a targeted offer for 105k points! I’d gotten a targeted offer for 100k in the fall which I didn’t take.
    80k- $2k spend
    20k- $8k spend total in 1st yr
    5k- AU one purchase

    That doesn’t include the 2k extra from current Accelerate bonus also.
    No $50 credit but still the annual free night. I only use points for point breaks so I grabbed it (have a good amount of airline miles currently). I have a thin Chase file not sure if that’s why I was targeted?

    Almost 25 nights with the 10% discount and the free night!

    • Kris says:

      How do you get the targeted offer? I’ve received nothing for IHG, but have been holding out for a better 100k offer.

  10. Abey says:

    Does anyone remeber the IHG priceless promotion where you wrote your name, address and rewards number on 96 envelopes and won a prize for each entry?
    Did they run the promotion again or plan to run or anything you know?
    We got a lot of IHG points out of it, would love to do it again 😉
    And by the way Sirtheta is a very good writer, I like his/her posts and looking out for more.

  11. Ethan Steinberg says:

    Just got matched to 80k offer for 2k spend after secure message

  12. Ferris says:

    what are these points worth? are they equivalent to UR?

  13. Bob says:

    They matched the offer and said would re-bill the $50. But my statement closed and already got the additioanl points. Still they haven’t taken back the $50. Did they forget?

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