The exact bonus you were offered was meant to vary. Some people got 100%, most got a lot less.
Reader CV mentioned in our comments section on Monday that his bonus had apparently changed and was now 100%! Other reports online suggest that other people have also had their bonus increased. Perhaps yours has too?
Remember that this deal seems to work even if you didn’t get the original email.
Here is a reminder of how the deal works. These 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 you can now buy with a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 120,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates) around £420.
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 two weeks ago (review to follow).
With 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 (ballroom above) is €475 and IC New York Times Square 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.
To be clear, I do not consider this a great deal if you are getting a bonus lower than 100%. The numbers do look pretty good if you have been targeted for the top bonus, however.
This ‘buy points’ offer runs until April 21st.
IHG Rewards update – June 2021:
Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of ihg.com.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.
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.