40% bonus when you buy Priority Club points

Priority Club, the loyalty scheme for Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental (IC Paris ballroom, below) and others, is offering a 40% bonus until 15th October when you buy points.

The link to the points.com site that is handling the transactions is here.

The maximum you can buy is 50,000 points plus a 20,000 bonus for $575.

Buying points could, in some circumstances, be a better deal than booking a room for cash.  You would need to compare.

What is important, though, is that even with a 40% bonus it is still  cheaper to effectively ‘buy’ points by doing a ‘cash and points’ redemption and then cancelling it.  This gets you points at a net rate of $70 per 10,000.  Buying 70,000 this way would cost $490 – still cheaper than $575!

The only reason to buy points in this promotion, therefore, is that they count for Priority Club status.  If you are close to the 60,000 points required for Platinum, then it may be worth topping up your account.  You should be able to get back what you paid for the points, pretty much, when you redeem them and you will have Platinum status for a year.

Not that Priority Club Platinum status is worth a lot, of course, compared to top-tier status with all of the other hotel chains.  However, it is better than nothing and can occasionally get you a nice upgrade or other perk.

(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Be careful with this as there’s Fraudulent activity regarding stealing points of which IHG are ignoring!
    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/intercontinental-hotels-priority-club-inter-continental-ambassador/1373164-priority-club-point-theft.html

  2. Maher Hanania says:

    Hello can you please explain how to do this, in another blog i read you can try to book a reservation which requires more points than in account and you,ll get the option to purchase the points to complete the reservation , it did not work out when i tried thank you

    t is still cheaper to effectively ‘buy’ points by doing a ‘cash and points’ redemption and then cancelling it. This gets you points at a net rate of $70 per 10,000. Buying 70,000 this way would cost $490 – still cheaper than $575!

    • You need 5,000 points to start. If you don’t have 5,000 then you need to buy them at full price. Then try to book 1 reward night at a 15,000 point property (eg Holiday Inn Commercial Road London). You will be offered the option to book for 5,000 points plus $70. Book this room, then cancel it. You will get 15,000 points back in your account. Repeat as much as required to get the points you want.