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My new-style IHG Rewards Club credit card arrives – available from 23 June

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My new IHG Rewards Club credit card arrived this week along with some promotional literature.

Unfortunately I can’t find a picture of it anywhere online.  I think it looks better than the old Priority Club Visa but a friend of mine who also got his disagrees!  (The image below is the membership card and not the credit card.  It is also different to the look of the US credit card.)

IHG Rewards Club

Here are the key things you need to know about the card:

It relaunches to the public on June 23rd

Whilst Barclays now has an Amex licence, for some reason they have decided to keep this card as a Visa-only package

All of the benefits remain the same – in particular, the free IHG Rewards Club Gold status on the free card and the free Platinum status with the £99 Black card

The Gold / Platinum status is, at last, being publicised as a benefit of the card.  I won’t need to answer any more emails from readers who want to know if you really get status or not!

The Black card will continue to give a free night in ANY IHG hotel for £10,000 of annual spend

The card is now contactless

We don’t know yet what the sign-up bonus will be.  I imagine that it will remain (for the Black card) at 20,000 IHG points via the public website and 30,000 points if you use a link from ihg.com.  The free card will probably stay at 10,000 points via the public site and 15,000 points via the ihg.com link.

Unfortunately the old 40,000 points link which I was promoting on HFP will presumably now be dead.

Let’s see if there are any surprises when the application website finally goes live in a week or so.

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Comments (32)

  • BLT says:

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned but BA have started their 25% bonus avios for hotel points transfers.

  • Fred says:

    I only received a PIN, not a card yet. Unfortunately I am going away for 2-3 weeks, I wonder if the old one will work after the 23rd of June.

  • Trevor says:

    Received my new card & pin same day (great security) and while I couldn’t give a hoot about what it looks like, I also don’t care that it’s now contactless – a feature I so seldom use on cards I carry with me. What a waste of money to rebrand and “upgrade” this card – doesn’t IHG realise after using it once for the Big Win I’m finished with it? I’ll keep it til my anniversary, and off chance I may use it only to earn a few points to round off a points balance to something usable.

    • Lipton says:

      I have both the hilton and ihg cards and the new ones arrived yesterday along with both pins !! . The hilton honors customer service is appalling. Was transferred between Scotland, Bahrain and USA within in the same phone call.

  • Jamjaw says:

    Does anyone know what will happen to my free night if I cancel the card?

  • George says:

    23rd of June is here, and no sign of new applications opening up 🙁

    • Rob says:

      The Hilton card has appeared on the Barclays website and there are two spaces next to it, so give it a day or so. No link on the IHG website either.

      • George Kyriakos says:

        Hilton has now a 1 July opening date. I suspect the IHG will slip too. No rush!

  • HomeKey says:

    IHG CC site Still not live.