Buy IHG Rewards Club Points With Up To 60% Bonus

Through March 29, 2015, IHG Rewards Club is offering up to a 60% bonus on purchased points

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The cost to purchase points varies based on how many you purchase, as follows:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

IHG Rewards Club is offering a 60% bonus when you purchase between 5,000 and 60,000 IHG Rewards Club points.

Since the cost per point varies based on how many you buy, you’ll get the best deal if you purchase at least 26,000 points (before factoring in the bonus).

For example, if you purchase 60,000 points, you’d receive a total of 96,000 points at a cost of $690, which is a cost of ~0.72 cents per IHG Rewards Club point.

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Comparing this to recent promotions from IHG Rewards Club:

In the cases where IHG Rewards Club does sell points, the 60% bonus seems to be the standard offer. Keep in mind that Daily Getaways returns this coming week, and on Tuesday IHG Rewards Club points are up for sale.

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Through the Daily Getaways promotion you’ll have the opportunity to purchase IHG Rewards Club points for ~0.6 cents each. Here’s a breakdown of how much the packages cost and how many are available:

Number Of PointsPackage CostCost Per PointNumber Of Packages
15,000 IHG Rewards Club$900.6 cents/point1,000
25,000 IHG Rewards Club$1500.6 cents/point1,000
50,000 IHG Rewards Club$2930.586 cents/point1,500
100,000 IHG Rewards Club$5650.565 cents/point3,850

As you can see, lots of packages are available, so it shouldn’t be too tough to snag one (with some of the other hotel chains, even being able to purchase points is akin to winning the lottery).

Do keep in mind that there’s a way to indirectly purchase IHG Rewards Club points for 0.7 cents each, though it comes with some risks. Personally I’d rather “legitimately” purchase IHG Rewards Club points for ~0.72 cents each than go through the effort and take the risk of purchasing them indirectly for ~0.7 cents each.

As a reminder IHG Rewards Club points purchases are processed by points.com, so wouldn’t qualify as hotel spend for the purposes of your credit card.

Bottom line

There are many instances where it could make sense to pick up IHG Rewards Club points for ~0.7 cents each, whether you’re looking to redeem for a PointBreaks stay or for a stay at one of IHG’s top properties (which go for 50,000 points per night).

That being said, I’d probably first try to snag some points through IHG’s Daily Getaways promotion this coming Tuesday, and otherwise purchase points through this promotion.

How much do you value IHG Rewards Club points at?

Comments

  1. What’s the risk in the more simple way? As long as you have at least 5K points you book a points-plus-cash for $70 and then scroll down the page and cancel it to get your 5K back plus 10K points in lieu of the $70. You can do as many nights as you have 5K points and it processes instantly. Buying through points.com takes longer.

    I plan trips around the Pointsbreaks but it’s disappointing they’re only every 4 months now. Since you get a 10% rebate if you have their card it works out to $31.50/night all in. And having Platinum status with them always gets me incredible upgrades, even on rewards. The annual free night I always use at the Intercontinental New York, one year for New Year’s Eve.

    Best $49 I spend on travel.

  2. I’ve rarely seen IHG redemptions where you get more than 70 cents per point redemption value, so what’s the use of even buying them speculatively? There are instances when you can approach 1 cent per point redemption, but that’s a slim profit margin.

  3. @ rick b — Right, I mean it’s a good value for PointBreaks, for example. But also it could make sense at high end hotels. For example, $350 per night including taxes for a stay at one of the top InterContinental hotels is still a very good deal. Though perhaps less of a good deal with the Euro going down in value so much, since many of the best properties are in Europe.

  4. @ tassojunior — Well the risk is it’s “abusing” the program in theory if you have no intention of making those stays, so there’s a chance they could shut down your account.

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