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.)
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.
(To see our complete list of all current credit card bonuses, click here to visit our ‘Credit Cards Update’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)