Credit Card Review: IHG Rewards Club Premier

The co-brand credit card of the IHG Rewards Club is one of the best cards to hang on to for the long term. At a minimum, if you’re eligible to get one under Chase’s 5/24 rule, I’d think it’s a better choice for those just starting with points and miles than many other cards out there. It offers a solid sign up bonus with a reasonable spending requirement and finding award rooms with your points is generally not too difficult. IHG also has hotels almost anywhere you look around the world.

Sure, the status you’re provided isn’t going to get you a huge suite upgrade in a fancy hotel and the free night you’ll get every year you keep the card excludes all of the really nice properties, unlike when you could use the free night at any IHG hotel. Before I go and destroy my own argument about this being a great card, here are the details about the IHG Rewards Club Premier Mastercard by Chase.

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A Credit Card Fee Reduced to $0, How To Avoid Closing The Wrong Account, Making The Most Of Free Hotel Nights (When They Let You), & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area

Back in 1973, shortly after the opening of Disney World in Orlando, four high rise hotels opened on Disney property. These weren’t highly themed Disney hotels like the Polynesian or Contemporary. Instead, these were regular hotels run by well-known chains at the time such as TraveLodge and Howard Johnson’s.

The Howard Johnson’s was eventually bought by Marriott and run as a Courtyard property until 2003. In a case of the worst/best timing of buying a hotel, it was sold and turned into a Holiday Inn in December of that year, only to be massively damaged by Hurricane Charley in August of 2004. It didn’t reopen until 2010 after a $35 million dollar renovation. It just went through another renovation in 2018.

The Holiday Inn is now one of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels. While they are not run by Disney, they are still on Disney property. The benefits afforded to these hotels is the reason we booked a night here on the opening weekend of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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Where Can You Stay Near Universal Orlando With Points?

The Universal Orlando Resort has become its own vacation destination, with three theme parks (well, two theme parks and a water park), a shopping and dining district and a slew of on (and slightly off) property hotels. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or are totally into Halloween Horror Nights, finding the closest hotel to Universal Orlando might be crucial to your vacation plans.

Here’s a list of places you’re able to stay near Universal Orlando using your hotel program points (or free night certificates) to pay for the room:

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