We recently got the IHG card and met the minimum spend of $1000. It has an annual fee of $49, And you will get 70,000 points.
The card gives you one free night a year at any of the hotels in their chain.
We used the 60,000 points for our 3 night stay in Austin at a new Holiday Inn and Suites Express in Austin.
We have never stayed at a holiday Inn before. The room was really nice-much like a Marriott Springhill Suites, with a living room and bedroom and bathroom. It had a kitchenette too. The pool area was a step up from what I would expect with a Jacuzzi and rain wall.
It included breakfast and an evening reception (snacks/wine Tues-Thurs). We didn't do either of these because there is so much good food in Austin.
-So with free travel on Southwest ($12 per ticker taxes). Use points from a Southwest Credit Card or transfer points from your Sapphire Preferred Card. We have the Southwest Companion Pass.
-Free Hotel-Ihg credit card signup ($49 annual fee)
-And we rented from Silvercar which is an Audi A4 ($165) . I have a code that got us $50 off and $25 back in cash after our first rental so actually it only cost us $140.