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Why IHG Rewards Club ‘bonus points packages’ are an easy way to earn elite status more quickly

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If you are looking to earn status in IHG Rewards Club, one of the easiest ways of doing it is by booking ‘bonus points packages’.

(There are other ways to get easy status-qualifying points too, as this HFP article explains, but the methods are fewer than they were.)

When you are search for hotels on, you will often – but not always – come across a situation like this when you select Best Flexible Rate (click to enlarge):

IHG Rewards Club Bonus Points Packages

This hotel, I admit, is particularly generous.

You are paying an extra 50 Dhs + tax (around £13 all in) for 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points.  This is a great bargain just for the points – I value an IHG point at 0.4p, so you are getting £20-worth of bonus points.

However, these points ALSO qualify for elite status.  This is not a mistake – if you click the little question mark on the screen it says:

IHG Rewards Club bonus points packages

And when you check in, this is what you got (screenshot courtesy of a reader this week):

IHG Rewards Club bonus points packages

This short Holiday Inn Express stay earned 5,406 elite qualifying points, out of a total of 5,812, thanks to a cheap bonus points package.  Do enough of these and 40,000 points for Platinum Elite or 75,000 points for Spire Elite (which triggers an achievement bonus of an additional 25,000 points) can be well within your grasp.

IHG Rewards Club update – November 2020:

Get bonus points: IHG’s current promotion is ‘2x’, which runs until 15th December 2020. You can learn more in our article here. You can register here using promo code 44480.

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

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards Club 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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (15)

  • HAM76 says:

    Some hotels do print this in detail on their invoice, some just increase the room rate and add a generic “you received points for this stay”. Might be relevant when your employer reimburses your stay and buying points is against the rules.

    • The Original David says:

      Seems a high-risk approach, unless you know what a specific hotel does…

  • John Matrix says:

    Slow news day then!

    • Peter K says:

      If you’re a long term reader you’ll know that very little happens newsworthy over the summer months in the airline industry. They are busy transporting people.

      • The Original David says:

        Or not transporting people, as was the case at LHR last night…

        • Shoestring says:

          Problems at LHR? Which terminal/s, from when?

          My wife +3 came out in the afternoon, did they get lucky?

          • The Original David says:

            All terminals from about 6pm onwards due to weather. The last long-hauls (that weren’t cancelled) took off just after 2am. Walking through T5 at 6am today, the check-in hall was full of queues and people sleeping on the floor.

            Yep, I’d say you were just in time…

    • Rob says:

      The mix of features to news has actually skewed a lot towards news recently. We are looking at 66% features, 33% news for August if possible.

  • Henry Young says:

    Actually a decent trick if you need to nudge your account over a threshold. I do like the IHG scheme more than most, but that has a lot to do with regional representation across Asia. There are some good geographical arbitrage opportunities also e.g. earning using promos targeted in Europe followed by redemptions in Asia.

  • Ian M says:

    There’s a IC I often stay at that offers 5000 bonus points per night for around £8 😀

  • Peter says:

    Does this work for cancellations whereby the points are retained? Are these retained points qualifying points?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Those points aren’t qualifying

    • Alex W says:

      You’re thinking of cash and points. They are not qualifying because you are effectively just purchasing points.

      For bonus points packages you have to actually stay to get the points.