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100% bonus for more people, it seems, when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

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I wrote recently about a ‘25%-100% points bonus’ available to people who buy IHG Rewards Club points.

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

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

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.

Comments (22)

  • BD701 says:

    25% for me. I’m looking at topping off an account with points to go to NY later in the year, would it be worth it, or best waiting until another offer comes along perhaps?

    • Rob says:

      You can buy points at $7 per 1000 whenever you want via the ‘cash and points and cancel’ method I outlined in the original post on this promo, so it is not worth it for less than 100% bonus.

  • Trevor says:

    I got 50% first time (haven’t bothered to check again) and OH got 100%, but even at the top rate, I’m no buyer. Simply put, I prefer free points, or heavily discounted and huge ROI.

    In this instance, £420 for 120,000 points is £0.0035/point, so getting close to the redemption value of £0.005/point. This can still be worth it if you really want to add more points than already possible, and yes you can get value out of it, especially if you use PointBreaks, but I’ll get almost exactly the same points haul off the Big Win including bonus codes, and that’ll cost me £288. Add in the cost of the IHG Black and resulting points haul gives a total of over 164,000 at a cost of £0.0023/point. This offer cost 48% more and you only have the points to show for it. By doing the Big Win, you have the points at the end for future stays, but you also get value from the stays that earn them. If I remove the cost of stays I would have done anyway, that shoots the purchase cost down to only £0.0014/point, making this promotion, despite the “100% bonus”, cost nearly 2.5 times more!

    If you’re ignoring the Big Win and choosing instead to buy miles, this promotion is certainly costing you. Of course some may be grabbing points at whatever discount they can to accrue huge totals, in which case you are still getting a good deal, but the analysis puts it in perspective.

    • Trevor says:

      PS: My total cost of the autumn Big Win worked out to £0.0017/point, so this Big Win is already costing me 35% more. Man, I miss those discount options available last year…

  • Froggitt says:

    I would happily sell 120,000 of my IHG points for £420.

    • Rob says:

      You would live for 24 days in a PointsBreak hotel instead! Cheaper than living at home!

      • Froggitt says:

        Except Pointsbreak hotels are always in the arris end of nowhere up north.

        • Rob says:

          I lived in a Posthouse on a junction of the M5 for two weeks back in the 1990’s (which, ironically, is now a Holiday Inn and has been on the PB list in the past) – it wasn’t a bad experience!

  • Meyer S says:

    Not much luck for me either….25%! 🙁

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