100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points means cheap luxury hotels

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IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – has brought back its ‘100% buy points bonus’ promotion.  It is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points.

The offer runs for ten days only, until November 30th.

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.  This is an improvement on when this offer ran last year, when small orders did not get the full bonus.

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 120,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates) £453.

The page to buy points is here.

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 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 these properties for £189 all-in.

There is no doubt that this could be a great deal. Taking a random night in December (7th), InterContinental London Park Lane is £245 (surprisingly cheap, it usually £350ish), InterContinental Paris Le Grand is €354 and InterContinental New York Times Square, pictured above, is an astonishing $726 including tax.  All three had reward nights available.  In addition, remember that these prices are for non-refundable rooms whilst your reward booking would be cancellable.

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 £184 for the IC’s above at any time of year.

At a more prosaic level, hotels like the Holiday Inn Commercial Road in London (which is only a couple of years old) are 30,000 points.  That would be £113 per night if you bought the points via this deal.

This special offer is cheaper than the infamous ‘cash and points and cancel’ trick which I summarise at the bottom of this post. You are paying $7 per 1,000 via that method compared to $5.75 per 1,000 with the 100% bonus.

You are running the risk of IHG changing their reward scheme before you spend the points.  That said, the risk is small in the short term as IHG has already revised its reward pricing this year.

This ‘buy points’ offer runs until November 30th. You can buy via this link.

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

(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.)

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from 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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  1. Chelseafi says:

    So I’ve checked my dates for the intercontinental NY TS & it’s available for my four nights next summer, I’ve never done this before so I just want to check I’ve got it correct. I only have 1,500 points in my account so I should buy 50,000 on this offer giving me 100,000 open an account for my husband, he does the same buy 50,000 on this offer. We’ve then got the 200,000 needed for the four nights. What can I do next or should do? I could book 2 nights on each account for the four nights needed but I don’t know if that would complicate the stay, don’t want to change rooms after two nights, as under two different booking, or could my husband gift me the 100,000 points he bought from his account? I wasn’t too sure if he can gift me all including the bonus 50,000. Can anyone confirm. Thanks

    • If you each book 2 reward nights, then let them know it’s all the same people, even at check in, you should be OK. But you can always email them beforehand just to clarify.

      • Chelseafi says:

        Thank you, do you know how to stop points expiring or how long before they expire I can’t seem to find details on it.

        • Never had a problem with it. I would think any kind of transaction – transfer to or from another scheme. I credit my e-reward survey points to IHG.

  2. Tempted by this, writing this staying in a HIE in Florida on a 5000 pt break, big room, pool, jacuzzi, free wifi + Breakfast, cash stay is normally $110/night!

  3. tall trader says:

    Seeing that offer, it is tempting to join IHG Rewards Club but:
    – All points will expire after 12 months if there’s no account activity (and e-rewards surveys only offer me Avios transfers?)
    – They’re not a partner of AmEx Membership Rewards 🙁

  4. I have 6 nights booked in IC Times Square for June next year. 2 from accelerate,1 using 40,000 points from CC sign up and 10,000 I already had. The other 3 are booked cash. I am thinking about buying 20,000 points just now which when doubled up I can add to my balance and get another night . Another thought was, as I am staying over a weekend, signing up for Ambassador status for $200 and paying for the Friday night with cash therefore getting the Sat free (ish). Doing this am I correct in thinking I would get an upgrade and hopefully for the 6 nights? I will end up with 4 different bookings for the 6 night stay though.

    • That’s not a problem – you are very likely to keep the upgraded room all the way through. Check pricing for the Fri/Sat at ihg.com/ambweekend first, though, as some hotels play games with pricing on the weekend certificates. When I tried to use one at Park Lane last year, they had loaded excessively high prices for the first night on the AMB rate.

      • I emailed the IC Bangkok asking about using the certificate with a two paid night stay in a suite – they said book the paid nights on the Friday and the Sunday and use the certificate for the middle night…..

        • It doesn’t work that way – you have to book a 2-night (Fri+Sat) stay using the price shown as ihg.com/ambweekend You cannot book any random rate shown on ihg.com and then pull out the certificate at check-in.

        • Yes I know that – to be clear, they said make the booking thru the Amb page – the Friday paid and use the cert for the Saturday. Then book another separate night for the Sunday. The point being the room would remain the same – so the Amb upgrade kicks in and carries over for the 3rd night (which is technically a separate booking).

        • Yes, that is definitely OK.

        • Chelseafi says:

          Could you please confirm I am able to do the following, before I commit. I want to stay 4 nights at the IC NY TS next July we are a family of 4 sharing one room., I have checked & the dates wanted for reward rooms are available. I have opened a new account for my husband currently 0points my account only has 1,500 points. I will buy 50,000 points on both mine and husband account get the 50,000 bonus on each account giving me the 200,000 points needed for 4 nights. Then book the first two nights on husband account and then book nights 3&4 on my account. I could then email to let hotel know the two separate booking are all one. Have I got this right can I do this? Thank you

        • That’s fine. You don’t even need to tell them in advance, they can link the bookings at check-in.

          Do check first, of course, that redemption rooms which sleep 4 are showing for the dates you want.

      • Thanks for the reply.
        The prices look about the same just now for the Ambassador rates so I will probably go down this route.

  5. The 50% off flash sale for the Venetian & Palazzo in Las Vegas on reward nights is now running for the next 24 hours (25,000 points instead of 50,000 points). Good deal for weekend stays I think.

  6. A silly question to ask but better to check with you all who has more experience.

    Do I need to use the accelerate link to make booking in order to qualify the bonus points? Or just make a normal booking after login to my IHG website and it will automatically count towards the accelerate promotion? Thank you.

  7. I purchased some points on the 100% Bonus offer on Saturday and no points have appeared in my account.
    Who do I contact regarding this issue.

  8. Hi, if purchasing using the IHG Visa will this qualify for 2 points per £ or 4 ? Hardly breathtaking but another 1800 points added to the 120,000 if it’s the 4 🙂

    Given they’ve just extended (well actually relaunched given there was a gap) this offer is it a sign that far fewer people took it up than expected or that they’re planning a devaluation and want as many people as possible to top up now before realising they are worse value than expected ?!

    OR am I just paranoid 🙂

    What are the chances of finding 24 consecutive nights available at a PointsBreak hotel in the next promo ? (120,000 points / 5,000 points). With the points I’ve already got I reckon I could do a solid month somewhere warm 🙂

    • Will be charged in $ so 4 per £1.

      Not sure why it has been extended. Gut feeling is that IHG has an end of year target which they thought they would hit but sales came up a little short.

      • Cheers.

        Out of interest I’ve just filled in an online survey sent to me by IHG asking me about buying points amongst other things.

        I did point out that even with a 100% bonus they’re not exactly great value for money, with an average hotel priced at 30,000 points you’re still paying nearly £120 a night 🙂

        Maybe they’ll listen and do a 200% bonus next time !!

  9. Hi, are there lists availaible of the hotels which have been featured in past PointsBreaks promotions ?

    I know previous inclusion does not guarantee future inclusion but with the 40,000 points I received for the £99 IHG Visa and 120,000 points for £453 I could be getting 32 nights at a rate of 5,000 points and that’s just £18 per night !! (£550 / 32).

    Now that seems worthwhile BUT of course I’d be limited in choice of hotels AND therefore locations and presumable more limited in dates than if I purchased the nights in cash (albeit at a much higher rate). Can the PointsBreaks hotels be otherwise pricey ones or are we looking at ones which don’t cost that much money anyway ?

    • The full lists for the last couple of years are on HFP if you search for pointbreaks.

      You will never see something in London or New York but there have been some decent InterContinental properties in the past – it is a rare list where there isn’t one IC. This may involve going to Vietnam, for example, but 14 nights in a 5-star in Vietnam for 70,000 points would not be a hardship.

      I know someone who spent a month at an all-inclusive Crowne Plaza beach resort in the Middle East for 5k per night ….

      • Very nice. Cheers. Bit of a gamble to buy them without knowing exactly how I’ll use them just yet. Shame but that’s life 🙂

  10. Hi will I be charged a huge Non sterling transaction fee on the $690 if I use amex or an IHG card to buy, what is the best way around this please anyone 🙂 ?

    • Post Office Mastercard, Supercard or Lloyds Avios card – of course if you don’t have any of them just now the offer will be over 🙁

  11. Thanks Alan, looking I think Amex or IHG are only 3%, so around £14 isnt the end of the world (and assume the spend will generate extra points also)

    • Yep, 3% is the pretty standard forex charge on most cards – I wasn’t sure how many purchases you were planning on making! Worth looking at opening one of the cards I mentioned for future purchases tho…

  12. Yes definitely, can do 2-3k on a BGI trip easily… TY 🙂

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