Up to 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points – four days only

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – has brought back its ‘100% buy points bonus’ promotion.  It is the best offer you will see for IHG points although the fall in the value of Sterling means it is more expensive than the last time the deal ran.

In theory the bonus is targetted.  You will receive a personal offer of up to 100% bonus – my analysis below assumes you get 100%.  You need to log in to the ‘buy points’ website here to see what you get.

(Remember that many of us have a ‘buy points’ offer as part of our IHG Accelerate target for this quarter.  This is a good opportunity to buy a small number.)

Here are the standard purchase rates which do NOT include the bonus:

  • 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

You receive a 100% bonus with ANY order, however small.  

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 120,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates) £531.  This assumes your credit card has 0% FX fees.

The page to buy points is here.  The offer runs until 30th September.  Remember that purchased points do not count towards elite status.

InterContinental Times Square

Here are a few examples of how this deal may work.  If they sound familiar it is because I used them last time this offer ran, although I have updated the numbers.

At the top end of the IHG Rewards Club portfolio, you have InterContinental properties which top out at 50,000 – 60,000 points per night. That’s what you would pay for InterContinental Le Grand in Paris or the InterContinental Amstel in Amsterdam.

With a 100% bonus, IHG is effectively selling you a night at a 50,000 point property for £221 all-in.  A 60,000 point hotel would be £265.  There are times when this might make sense.  Remember that, whilst the fall in Sterling has pushed up the cost of buying points, it has also pushed up the cost of buying hotel rooms in Euro or US$ for cash.

At the bottom end, the points for a 5,000 point PointBreaks night would cost just £22.

The maximum number of points you can buy per year is 120,000 (ie 60,000 plus the 60,000 bonus).

This offer may or may not work for you in terms of buying points outright for rooms.  If you are topping up account to reach a level needed for a redemption, it doesn’t really matter if Sterling has pushed up the price 10% or not.  You should also jump on this if you have a ‘buy points’ target for your Accelerate promotion.

You can buy via this link.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. O/T just had confirmation of my Herz upgrade for being Spire Elite after requesting in April!

  2. Worth buying a small amount if you have IHG points expiring soon.

  3. I can never seem to get a date to use points at the IC in London Mayfair, or Paris or Amsterdam!

    Mind you I did spend 5 days on points in the IC in KL and 3 days in Madrid, both were agreeable.

    I think I’ll get a few for the accelerate target.

    • Amsterdam requires early or late booking as it is a very small hotel. To be honest, Paris and London have rarely been a problem.

      • Unless, of course, you have children – at the IC Park Lane at least there are no rooms suitable for 2 (let along our 3) children, and connecting rooms are only available ‘to request’ – the one time I tried that reception had no record of the request and had no connecting rooms available!

  4. You say:
    > You receive a 100% bonus with ANY order, however small.

    However when I log in, the bonus only kicks in after 5000 points. 1-4000 are standard price and no bonus.

    • Not for me! I just double checked and I get double on ALL purchases.

      • Hmm, I guess they don’t like me. It does clearly say on my page “100% bonus on 5000 points or more” . In the past the percentage has been variable, I guess this time it’s the amount qualifying.
        Hmm, 10,000 pts for 67$ , about 0.5p a point, not really a great offer as I don’t need any.

    • 100% bonus on all points offered to me as well.

  5. OT: (but still IHG) I just booked my first Intercontinental room online after becoming Intercontinental Ambassador. Should the room upgrade and late check out show on my online booking or is it done at checkin

    • Ours was done at check in. Lovely reception staff.

    • I’ve had it done both ways – Bangkok online in advance, IC TS at check in.

    • It depends on the hotel, some hotels seem to do it very quicky and shows up on your booking very early(which can still change), but some hotel only do it a couple of days before arrival. Sometimes is done at the check in.

  6. If you use Supercard to avoid the FX fees with your IHG card do you still get 4 X the pts for foreign spend – I can’t remember how it works – or do you just get 2 pts ?

    • 2 as billed in GBP

    • 4pts on IHG Creation card does not seem to work if you are buying online in foreign currency. I think you have to be physically abroad to get the 4 points, or spend physically at an IHG hotel.

    • You would be paying supercard that is in GBP.

      I believe online transactions in another currency would count but with the fx fees makes it hardly worth it

  7. How does this compare to the cash+points then cancel trick. I seem to remember 15k points being available for $100 or is that my imagination?!

  8. Still on IHG – I’ve had some accelerator bonuses completed and acknowledged on site – but the points have not transferred into account. Last time they went across at same time – is this a change in process, ie do they all get credited at end – or just a glitch?

  9. FYI for anyone trying to use their free night certificate from last year’s IHG Accelerate offer – they’ve confirmed there’s a known IT issue with certificates not appearing in many customers’ accounts – if you phone the call centre they’re aware of the issue and able to resolve it (or at least book it manually).

    • Yep that’s what I did in the end. Call centre seemed quite helpful, exceding my expectations! Certainly more useful than email support

      • In fairness I emailed them first (ihgcare at ihg dot com) and they replied within 10 min or so apologising, saying the voucher was still there and to call. Of course would be even easier if they just sorted their IT! The issue seemed to be that they issued it linked to the previous Accelerate promotion rather than as a free night cert along the lines of the credit card ones.

        • Would ihg mind if I use my hubby’s accelerate free night? I am going to Dublin for 2 nights without him and I have 1 free night, he has one….can I use both on my own?

          • I can’t see there being a problem, esp if you follow the old method of booking for 2 with you as the additional named guest and saying you’ll be checking in first!

    • I booked a free night via the online chat which was quite hassle free.

  10. Am I right in thinking I could buy Ambassador membership for 32,000 points? Buying these points would be about £142 using the bonus offer, which is around $185 vs the $200 cash charge to sign up. Not a massive saving but worth having – would it work?

  11. Did 60+60 but two days and still not in the account, is this normal ?