Last Chance: 2 Great Promos For Buying Hotel Points

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Both Hilton and IHG have promotions on the purchase of points, with one ending today, and the other ending tomorrow, so I figured it was worth recapping them:

Keep in mind that both loyalty programs limit the number of points you can purchase per calendar year, and there’s a decent chance that this will be the last promotion they offer this year. The details of the two promotions are as follows:

Hilton 50% off promotion details

Hilton has been offering a 50% discount on purchased points for a few weeks now, assuming you purchase at least 10,000 points in a single transaction. This is an opportunity to purchase points for 0.5 cents each. You can buy up to 160,000 points per year, which means you can max out this promotion by purchasing 160,000 points for $800.

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You can find all the details on this promotion here.

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IHG 100% bonus promotion details

This promotion was originally only supposed to run through December 2, 2016, though was extended by a few days. Through tomorrow, you can receive a 100% bonus when you purchase at least 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points in a single transaction. This is an opportunity to pick up points for 0.575 cents each. You can purchase at most 120,000 points for $690.

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Keep in mind you can get even more value out of your points by having the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which offers a 10% refund on redeemed points, with a maximum refund of 100,000 points per year.

You can find all the details on this promotion here.

Should you take advantage of these offers?

Both of these are niche deals. I wouldn’t recommend buying points in either currency without a specific use in mind, though in both instances there are ways to come out way ahead by using these deals.

If you do buy points, make sure you use a card that maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, or Citi® Double Cash Card. That’s because these points purchases are processed by points.com, which doesn’t count as hotel spend for the purposes of your credit card.

Do you plan on picking up either IHG or Hilton points with their current promotions?


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Comments

  1. Does it matter if you purchase the points with the IHG Mastercard? Are there any benefits to purchasing a specific card?

  2. @ Jeff — Doesn’t matter if you use the IHG card or not. Would just use on that maximizes every day spend, since you won’t earn bonus points for hotel spend.

  3. Thanks for the quick response! Really enjoying the blog.. On a side note, have you guys considered implementing a direct “reply to” function that separates individual conversations? One of my favorite things about this blog is following along the comment section when there is some good dialogue going on. Tabbed responses like reddit would do wonders! Nonetheless, keep up the good work :).

  4. I just spent far too long with one Hilton chat person after another — people just disappeared, or transferred me to a vacuum or left me on hold only to come back and say they were (now) going to find some technical assistance. All totaled, it added up to 48 minutes.
    Ultimately I was told the 50% miles purchase opportunity was ONLY for Gold and Diamond members. I don’t see any indication of that here at OMAAT or on the Hilton website.
    What did I miss? I never want to waste my life that way again.

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