Bonus On Purchased IHG Rewards Club Points Through May 8, 2015

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Through May 8, 2015, IHG Rewards Club has a publicly available offer for up to a 50% bonus on purchased points

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

Not only does the base cost per purchased point vary based on how many you buy, but the bonus varies based on how many points you purchase as well:

  • Buy 1,000-19,000 points and receive a 20% bonus
  • Buy 20,000-29,000 points and receive a 30% bonus
  • Buy 30,000-39,000 points and receive a 40% bonus
  • Buy 40,000+ points and receive a 50% bonus

Since the cost per point varies based on how many you buy, you’ll get the best deal if you purchase at least 40,000 points. If you max out the promotion and purchase 60,000 points, you’d receive a total of 90,000 points at a cost of $690, which is a rate of ~0.77 cents per IHG Rewards Club point.

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While the bonus of up to 50% is publicly available, there’s also a targeted bonus of up to 60%. My account was eligible for this, I assume either because I have the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and/or because I’m a Platinum member. You can check your eligibility by going to the IHG Rewards Club points purchase page and entering your name and IHG Rewards Club number.

With this version of the promotion, the bonuses earned are as follows:

  • Buy 1,000-19,000 points and receive a 30% bonus
  • Buy 20,000-29,000 points and receive a 40% bonus
  • Buy 30,000-39,000 points and receive a 50% bonus
  • Buy 40,000+ points and receive a 60% bonus

If you max out the promotion and purchase 60,000 points, you’d receive a total of 96,000 points at a cost of $690, which is a rate of ~0.72 cents per IHG Rewards Club point.

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Comparing this to recent promotions from IHG Rewards Club:

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. So there’s something to be said for “legitimately” purchasing IHG Rewards Club points for ~0.72-0.77 cents each rather than going through the effort and taking the risk of purchasing them indirectly for ~0.7 cents each. But everyone has to make that decision for themselves.

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 ~0.7-0.77 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).

How much do you value IHG Rewards Club points at?

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Comments

  1. considering the daily getaways packages are STILL available (two weeks after they went live!) for much less, this is the ultimate UNdeal.

  2. An even cheaper way to get IHG points is via Daily Getaways Promo which you have covered pretty well in the past.

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