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News in brief:

Last chance to get a 35% discount buying Starwood points

Tomorrow, 31st May, is your last chance to pick up Starwood Preferred Guest points at a discount.

You can currently buy Starwood Preferred Guest points at 35% off in a new offer – the link is here.  30,000 SPG points will cost you $682.50 (£516).

30,000 SPG would convert into 90,000 Marriott points.  This could be a good deal when you remember that NO Marriott or Starwood hotel will cost more than 60,000 points per night if booked between August and December (stay whenever in 2019).

This is also a way of buying airline miles in schemes that do not sell miles directly, such as Lufthansa Miles & More.  Starpoints transfer at 1:1 to most airlines and you receive a 5,000 mile bonus when converting 20,000.  You need to do the maths but buying SPG points at 35% off could work out.

You need to do that via this page before 31st May.

…. and your last chance for an 80% IHG Rewards Club bonus

You can also, until 31st May, buy IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – points with a bonus of up to 80%.

The page to buy points is here – log in and see what is available.

This is not the most generous offer IHG has had, and it is also staggered which is unusual:

  • Buy 5,000-19,000 points, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 20,000+ points, get an 80% bonus

The annual cap for buying points has been raised to 100,000 points which equates to 180,000 points with the bonus.  The cost is $1,000 (£700).

We have seen 100% bonuses recently, but if you need to top up your account in advance of a planned redemption, you might as well do it whilst the bonus is on. It is also worth buying if your IHG Accelerate promotion has a ‘buy points’ target you need to hit.


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.

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 (90)

  • Leigh says:

    OT: Is there a way to buy foreign currency with Amex or Curve card? Thanks in advance.

  • Ali says:

    Never bought starpoints before and would appreciate some reader advice… toying with the idea of buying 2 x 30,000 starpoints for £1032 which convert to 180,000 marriott rewards points, then topping up with an extra 20k via membership rewards to make 200,000 for a travel package comprising a Cat 1-5 7 night voucher and 50,000 Avios or VFC miles – if valued at 1p/mile it would make the effective cost for a 7-night voucher approx £510 – is this worthwhile? Or would there be a better use of 180k/200k Marriott rewards points?

    • Jonny says:

      If you wish to purchase a travel package you should think about targeting the maximum avios amount, so 270k points to give you 120k avios.
      That said I’m a bit cautious at the moment on purchasing a travel package myself as Marriott haven’t issued any guidance what will happen to it post 1 August (when new chart comes into effect) and personally I would rather wait to see what happens.

  • BrianN says:

    Hey any idea of there is an expiry date o the the gift voucher? Also do you think we could use it on stays abroad in a different currency or would it have to be a UK stay? Thanks

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