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Back in March, I wrote about a targeted offer for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Credit Card. While the publicly available offer is currently 60,000 points, some folks are able to see a 80,000 point offer (plus a $50 statement credit) when signing into their IHG account and making a hotel reservation. At that time, I had just applied for the IHG credit card (when the offer was for 70,000 points), but only for an inferior offer as there was no better offer given to me in my IHG account.
While the difference in points wasn’t huge, I went ahead and sent Chase a secure offer asking them if they’d match the 80,000 point sign up offer. Chase is typically very good at matching better sign up offers if you’ve applied for the card within the past 90 days. Within 2 days they responded to my message saying they’d be more than happy to match the offer (the 80,000 points, not the $50 statement credit) after I met my minimum spend.
Fast forward two months and I completed my minimum spend. The 70,000 points posted to my account without any issue. Although there was no sign of the extra 10,000 points. Chase did mention that I’d have to call them when I met the spend threshold, so I went ahead and sent Chase a secure message once again. I hate calling customer service, especially if there is an alternative option of just using my keyboard!
My message to Chase:
Two days later, I received a message ultimately saying that the extra 10,000 points have been deposited into my account. To no surprise, shortly thereafter I was able to see the new points added in my account!
For those that recently applied for this card, I highly suggest sending Chase a message inquiring about being matched to the higher offer. This is a reminder that it never hurts to ask for the extra points if you see a better offer come available!
Now, for those that do not have the IHG credit card, but are interested in the card, here are some previous blog posts detailing the card and the program. Personally, my favorite benefit of the card is that it comes with a free night at ANY IHG hotel annually! This is a great since the card only carries a $49 annual fee. That means by paying $49 you can get a free night at the InterContinental Bora Bora, for example, that obviously goes for way more a night!
- Free Night Annually with the IHG Credit Card
- Various Ways to Earn IHG Points
- “Buying” IHG Points for .7 Cents/Point
- Understanding IHG PointBreak Offers
- Utilizing the IHG Friends & Family Rate
- IHG Rewards Club Select Visa Credit Card – Earn 60,000 points after you spend $1,000 within the first three months. Receive a free night certificate annually (starting with your second year as a card member). No annual fee the first year, then $49/year. Card application link.