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Compare the Features and Benefits of IHG One Rewards Traveler Credit Card and
Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card

Detailed Comparison Overview

Key Facts
Annual Fee
Avg. Min. Credit Score
APR on purchases
APR on balance transfers
Ongoing APR
Balance transfers fees
Best Multiplier
Avg. Point Value
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Bonus Offer
Rating
Review
Key features
Unique Card Benefits
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
Extended Warranty
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Free Access to Credit Score
No Fees for Authorized Users
Grants Hotel Status
Purchase Protection
Trip Protections
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
0% Intro APR on Purchases
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
Annual Fee
$0
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
APR on purchases
-
APR on balance transfers
-
Ongoing APR
21.49%-28.49% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Best Multiplier
5x Hotels

At IHG brand hotels and resorts booked directly; otherwise earn 2X.

3x Cable / Internet / VOIP Phone
3x Gas Stations
3x Cellular Phone Service
3x Dining Out / Food Delivery
3x Streaming Services
2x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.004
Bonus Offer
Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
Rating
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(3.95) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

The IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card is IHG’s no-annual-fee credit card. As such, it doesn’t offer the excellent perks that come with the IHG Premier Credit Card — like a free night each account anniversary, automatic Platinum Elite status, and other travel perks.

However, the IHG Traveler Card still offers surprisingly good benefits for a no-annual-fee card. You’ll get IHG Rewards’ intro level Silver Elite status, fourth night free on rewards stays, and a 20% discount on purchases of IHG Rewards points.

Screenshot showing IHG card benefit of 20% discount on purchases of IHG Rewards points.

Silver Elite status doesn’t offer too many perks — 20% bonus points at IHG hotels and resorts, a shot at late checkout, and not having to worry about point expiration. Cardholders can spend $20,000 in a calendar year to upgrade to Gold Elite status. Gold Elite status includes 40% bonus points at IHG hotels and resorts.

In addition to the sign-up bonus, IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card cardholders will earn bonus points on IHG hotel stays, dining, gas stations, select streaming services, and utility monthly bills. Cardholders earn 2 points per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases. Considering the IHG Rewards point value is only around 0.4 cents per point, that’s not the best possible return on your other purchases.

So, you might just want to limit using your IHG Traveler Card to IHG hotels and resorts. By charging IHG hotel stays to their IHG Traveler Card, cardholders will earn a total of at least 17 points per dollar spent:

  • 5 points per dollar spent by charging the IHG hotel stay to their IHG Traveler Card
  • 10 points per dollar spent as an IHG Rewards member.
  • 2 bonus points per dollar spent at as Silver Elite (or more if you have a higher tier of IHG Rewards elite status)

For those unfamiliar, the IHG Rewards loyalty program includes a wide range of hotel brands. On the luxury side, you can earn and redeem IHG points at InterContinental Hotels, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, Six Senses, and Regent Hotels. On the flip side, you can earn and redeem IHG points for stays at Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Candlewood Suites, and Staybridge Suites. That range of earning and redemption options is truly impressive.

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
No Fees for Authorized Users
yes
Grants Hotel Status
yes
Purchase Protection
yes
Trip Protections
yes
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
yes
0% Intro APR on Purchases
no
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
no
Annual Fee
$0
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
APR on purchases
0% Intro APR (on purchases for 15 months, 19.99%-29.99% thereafter)
APR on balance transfers
0% Intro APR (on balance transfers for 15 months, 19.99%-29.99% thereafter)
Ongoing APR
19.99%-29.99% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
Balance transfer fee applies
Best Multiplier
5x Car Rentals

Only earns 5% when booked via Capital One Travel; else 1%

5x Hotels

Only earns 5% when booked via Capital One Travel; else 1%

3x Dining Out / Food Delivery
3x Streaming Services
3x Entertainment (Concerts / Shows / Movies)
3x Groceries
1x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.01
Bonus Offer

Earn a one-time $200 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening

Rating
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(4.13) Our Review

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Review

Unlike the Capital One Savor card, which offers 4% back dining but the same 3% back on dining, at grocery stores, and on entertainment purchases and popular streaming services) but charges a $95 annual fee, the SavorOne, despite 1% less in cash back, will be a better choice until you reach a high level of spend such that the annual fee is offset.

Plus, don’t forget that you’ll earn cash rewards (8%) on Capital One Entertainment Purchases and 5% cash rewards on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel.

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Early on in this review, I mentioned a “secret” way to convert your SavorOne cash back into Capital One miles (See our complete guide to Capital One Miles).

If you also have a Capital One Venture X, Venture, VentureOne, or Spark Miles for Business card, you can freely convert your SavorOne cash back into miles by transferring the cash back to any of those cards. It transfers 1:1, meaning that $10 = 1,000 miles.

Here’s a list of Capital One Miles transfer partners should you transfer your SavorOne cash rewards over to one of the aforementioned cards (to be clear, you cannot transfer to any of these partners with this card alone; you would need a Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card, or Capital One Spark Miles for Business card to transfer to):

Capital One Miles
Transfer RatioExpected Transfer Time
Air Canada (Aeroplan)1:1Instant
Air France / KLM Flying Blue1:1Instant
Avianca Lifemiles1:1Instant
Aeromexico1:1Instant
British Airways Avios1:1TBD
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1:1Nearly instant
Choice Hotels1:11 day
Emirates Skywards1:1Instant
Etihad Guest1:11-2 days
Finnair1:1Instant
Qantas1:11-2 days
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1:11-2 days
TAP Air Portugal1:1TBD
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles1:1TBD
Wyndham Rewards Hotel Program1:1Instant
EVA2:1.51-2 days
Accor Live Limitless (ALL) Hotel Program2:11-2 days
Virgin Red1:1TBD

There’s no denying that 3% cash back on dining, grocery store, streaming services and entertainment purchases is a solid deal for a credit card without an annual fee. In fact, entertainment purchases (which include things like concerts and shows) is one of the rarest bonus categories. If you attend a lot of Broadway shows or concerts, this card can really rack them up. And should you happen to resell any tickets on StubHub, etc, this is an extra 3% in your pocket.

Plus, if you don’t mind booking hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, that’s 5% cash back as well.

Bottom line? If you are interested in cash back rather than points, this would be a good card to have in your wallet, however, I would recommend pairing it with another card for other categories. For many, a second card like a Citi Double Cash, which earns 2% on everything, could be the perfect card combo. Or, scroll down and use our own Card Combo tool to see which card would pair best with a SavorOne based on your own spending profile.

And remember what I said above… there are ways to convert this cash back into Capital One Miles as well.

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
No Fees for Authorized Users
yes
Grants Hotel Status
no
Purchase Protection
no
Trip Protections
no
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
no
0% Intro APR on Purchases
yes
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
yes

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