Bits: 100% bonus when you buy IHG points, Amazon gift cards DO count for £5 Amex cashback credit

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News in brief:

100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – is running another sale with a bonus of 100% when you buy over 5,000 points. 100% is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points.

The deal ends on 31st October.

The page to buy points is here.  It does not seem to be a targeted offer.

(EDIT: it seems it is targeted and some people only have an 80% bonus.  I don’t recommend it on that basis unless you have a particular redemption need.)

The standard prices, before the bonus, are:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 60,000 points for $10 per 1,000 points

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 120,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $600) £455.  

At the top end of the IHG Rewards Club portfolio, you have InterContinental properties which top out at 60,000 – 70,000 points per night. That’s what you would pay for InterContinental Le Grand in Paris or the InterContinental Amstel in Amsterdam pictured below.

You should look at this if you have a ‘buy points’ target for the latest Accelerate promotion – although it makes more sense to buy 5,000 and get the bonus than buy 1,000 for no bonus.  If you are topping off your account, it is also a good deal irrespective of the exact cents per point cost.  The maximum number of points you can buy per year is 200,000 (ie 100,000 plus the 100,000 bonus if you were offered the maximum 100% extra).

You can buy via this link.  The offer ends on 31st October.

IHG Rewards Club 100% buy points bonus

Amazon gift cards DO count for the £5 American Express cashback offer

On Tuesday, we wrote about how American Express and Amazon have launched another of their occasional cashback offers.  And it is a generous one.

If you are targeted, you will receive £5 cashback on your next £20+ purchase on amazon.co.uk made with your American Express card.

To see if you are targeted, you need to log into your online American Express account and look at the offers tab for EACH card you have.  You should also look under any supplementary cards which you have registered.

It wasn’t clear if ordering an e-gift card for delivery to yourself – and crediting to your own Amazon account – worked.  I can confirm it does.

I ordered a £20 e-gift card for myself. I got an immediate confirmation from American Express that I had triggered the offer ‘if your transaction meets the offer terms’.  Yesterday, the £5 cashback appeared on my Amex Platinum statement:

You can buy an e-gift card for yourself, or top up your balance, via this page of amazon.co.uk.

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Comments

  1. I just did this myself (got fed up waiting for a transfer bonus to Avios).
    You first transfer the payout to your reward wallet, then to a prepaid mastercard. You get a virtual card number with expiry date and CVV etc to use anywhere online. I got the 8% bonus and used it to pay my council tax. I tried to use it to pay off a credit card first, but it was declined.

  2. OT on Hilton.

    I understand that when booking multiple rooms, elite stay and night credit is only given for one room.

    However, I was wondering if anybody has experienced something similar to the following scenario, and if so how did it pan out?

    I have booked a room for two nights. A friend going to the same event has just asked me to book him in to the same hotel, but he only wants to stay for one of the two nights. (In case relevant, the last of the two.)

    Any chance of me getting the elite credit for his room, what with it a) being booked separately on a different date, and b) being one night instead of two…?

    • No, as bills must be merged and paid in one go for this to work.

      • Thanks Rob.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I mean there’s always a chance someone messes up and you end up with the extra stay/night but higher chance you won’t get the points and will need to chase even if the folio is correctly merged

  3. TGLoyalty says:

    Better off converting to Zeek vouchers with 15% bonus then buying a discounted gift card for your fav retailer. I shop in M&S for food on a regular basis so real saving there even vs my 7% off GC’s through work scheme.

  4. My SPG points from last few months of spend on my amex have (surprisingly) turned up today….. finally 🙂

    • Ditto – just cancelled the card yesterday too! Managed to get Amex to backdate the cancellation by a month (small amount of cash but every little helps!)

      • Lol, would never even have thought of asking them to backdate a cancellation, it seems that the audacity of HFP contributors knows no bounds 🙂

        • All investment bankers apparently? Mmmm

        • Haha I was just annoyed that I’d be sitting waiting for the points to arrive before being able to cancel, didn’t use the card during that time and thought nothing ventured nothing gained!

          @Yomy – nope!

      • Good going haha

  5. Don’t know what this has to do with the M&M bundle at all as it likely has no similarities apart from being a prepaid card.

    The 8% bonus is great and I can’t understand why they are offering it as its super value, you can even get a physical card for £5 so you can then use it in store.

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