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IHG Rewards Club launches 25% – 100% ‘buy points’ bonus

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Two of the four IHG Rewards Club accounts in our family received an email yesterday:

Receive between 25% and 100% additional points when you buy IHG® Rewards Club points between now and 21 April 2014. Reveal your mystery bonus and find out how many additional points you could receive.

IHG Mystery Bonus

Note, though, that this deal seems to work even if you didn’t get the email.  I logged in to the site and was offered a 50% bonus, despite not receiving anything.

Here are the standard purchase rates:

  • 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

IF – and this is a big ‘if’ – you receive the 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 120,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates) £418.

InterContinental Times Square

At the top end of the IHG Rewards Club portfolio, you have InterContinental properties which top out at 50,000 points per night.  That’s what you would have paid for InterContinental LeGrand in Paris where I was last week (review to follow next week).

If you got a 100% bonus, IHG is effectively selling you a night at these properties for £174 all-in.  There is no doubt that this could be a great deal – taking a random night in May (20th), IC London is £345, IC Paris LeGrand is €475 and IC New York Times Square, pictured above, is $535 inc tax.  All three had reward nights available.

Of course, I could run a different list of low season dates at the same properties – or other hotels in the group – where this would not look like such a great deal.  That said, I doubt you will ever pay less than £174 for the IC’s above at any time of year.

Of course, if you got a bonus lower than 100% then the maths looks worse.  I would definitely NOT be a buyer at less than 100%, especially as you can buy IHG points for $7 per 1,000 (compared to $5.75 per 1,000 with the 100% bonus) via the ‘cash and points and cancel’ trick explained at the bottom of this post.

You also run the risk of IHG changing their reward scheme before you spend the points.  If you are concerned about a possible devaluation, think twice before opening your wallet.

However, this is also the cheapest I can ever remember seeing Rewards Club points. Given that you can no longer transfer Amex points to IHG, this is not a bad opportunity to top off your account if you are a few short of a target reward.  It may even be worth buying enough points for an entire stay – but do the maths.

If you didn’t get the email, you can check to see if you are targetted by going to this webpage and inputting your IHG membership number.  As I said at the top of the page, I didn’t receive an email but was still offered a 50% bonus.

If you see something you like on the new PointBreaks list, this could be a good opportunity to jump in!

This ‘buy points’ offer runs until April 21st.

(NB. The ‘cash and points and cancel’ trick requires you to have 5,000 IHG points in your account.  Find a 15,000 point property and book a reward night.  You will be forced to use ‘cash and points’ which is 5,000 points plus $70.  Once you have booked, cancel.  Your $70 is not returned to you – instead, you get 15,000 points back in your account.  You have therefore effectively bought 10,000 points for $70.  Repeat as required.)

IHG Rewards Club update – January 2021:

Get bonus points: IHG is not currently running a global points promotion as of 1st January 2021.

New to IHG Rewards Club?  Read our two-part overview of IHG Rewards Club here and here and our article on expiry rules here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards Club points, you can buy them here. You will get a 75% bonus if you buy 10,000+ IHG Rewards Club points by 25th February.

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

Comments (41)

  • rob says:

    I got a 25% bonus

  • Chris smillie says:

    Link on ihg website , would take you to the same place

  • Kwab says:

    Buy points is a generic points purchase site used by many airlines and hotels. Nothing to worry about!

  • sajid says:

    I have 50% bonus, is it worth purchasing ?

    Does it count towards status?

    • Rob says:

      It does not count towards status.

      For just 50% bonus, it is cheaper doing the ‘cash and points and cancel’ method as long as you have 5,000 points to start with. If you don’t have 5,000 points to start with, then just buy 5,000 points and do the trick!

    • Thunderbirds says:

      Points purchased do not count towards status but the nights you stay with the points now count towards status. I find purchasing these points only works at the 100% level, when I can get a couple of Point Breaks to spend them on or I need/want to stay in an expensive Intercontinental. Otherwise I will generally buy nights 21 days ahead for the advance/super saver rates as mentioned below.
      The other things to take into account is whether you are currently chasing the Big Win, also the number of bonus codes seems to have been lower during the Big Win promotion and you only get 2000 points per stay for Intercontinental outside if the Americas when paying cash.
      I have the 100% offer and need a two night stay in London this August so I may take them up on their offer and stay at one of the Intercontinentals…

  • tony says:

    The other problem with this is you won’t pick up the usual haul of generous bonuses on your stay.

    So, if you buy 50,000 points for £174, they have a value of 3.5p each

    You could easily get a haul of 15k points off a one night stay, so it means that you’d actually have to pay over £225 or so before this was better value, AND the basic spend would count for status etc.

    The value equation is presumably considerably better with the points break offer – assuming that works for you. 24 nights in a hotel for £418.

  • Scott says:

    Only 25% bonus here.

    I’ll stick to the cash + points method that will get me the max 75k from this “promo” for less than £350 (should I need that many points) compared to the £440ish through this.

  • Kipto says:

    Was offered 25% bonus. May get the wife to open an account to see what bonus she may get. Failing that it’s the raffles route.

  • Netty4 says:

    100% here, yay for my summer trip to New York