IHG Rewards Club has launched a 100% ‘buy points’ bonus, which is as generous as you ever see. Should you jump in?
There are two extra tweaks which make this better than similar deals:
IHG has increased the maximum number of points you can buy to a whopping 500,000 points (ie 250,000 plus the 250,000 bonus).
There is no taper – as long as buy at least 3,000 points, you receive the full 100% bonus. In the past we have seen high minimum thresholds to receive a 100% bonus.
This deal runs to 15th June.
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 – 250,000 points for $10 per 1,000 points
With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy up to 500,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $2,500) £1,951.
Is is worth buying IHG Rewards Club points?
I usually value IHG Rewards Club points at 0.4p. This is exactly what you are paying for them here, so from that point of view you shouldn’t lose money.
The skill is to use them at hotels where you can get substantially more than 0.4p per point of value. The new InterContinental Maldives, for example, is 100,000 points for an Overwater Pool Villa or – looking at next February – $1,100 inc taxes for cash, per night. This is a 50%+ saving given that 100,000 points will cost you $500. Availability is tricky to find here in peak season, however.
You can get similar deals closer to home. IHG does not have peak pricing – although it is quietly trialling variable pricing at a handful of hotels – so there is real value at any hotel when you book for a night when it is substantially more expensive than the yearly average.
You can buy points via this link. The 100% bonus runs to 15th June.
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