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‘Buy points’ deals: LAST DAY for 100% IHG bonus plus 100% at Radisson and Hilton

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There are three ‘100% buy points’ bonuses running at the moment. Let’s start with IHG Rewards Club as this offer ends today.

You should also remember that:

Click for details of those offers.

InterContinental Fiji

Get a 100% bonus buying IHG Rewards Club points – TODAY ONLY

IHG Rewards Club has launched another 100% ‘buy points’ bonus, which is as generous as you ever see.  It ends TONIGHT, Friday.

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). 

The page to buy points is here.

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.

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 – $1,200 inc taxes for cash, per night.  This is a 50%+ saving given that 100,000 points will cost you $500. 

You can buy points via this link.

Radisson Heathrow Hotel entrance (2)

Get a 100% bonus buying Radisson Rewards points

Radisson Rewards, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is also offering a bonus of 100% when you buy points.

This is as big a bonus as you ever get on Radisson Rewards points.  Before 2020 it was exceptionally rare to see such a deal although the dash for cash means that they have become more frequent.

The link is here.  It runs until 2nd December. The minimum purchase for the bonus is 5,000 points.

Radisson Rewards has increased the maximum number of points you can purchase in any given year from 80,000 to 120,000.  This means that the maximum number of points you can buy is 240,000 (with the 100% bonus) for $840 (£655).

I tend to value Radisson Rewards points at 0.33p.  My list of the best American Express Membership Rewards transfer options puts Radisson Rewards near the top.  The transfer rate is 1:3 and I value that at 1p per American Express point.

Via this offer, you are paying just 0.27p per point which is far lower than my valuation.  This means, in theory, there are deals to be had.

In normal times there is real value here.  These are not normal times, however, and with cash rates very low you won’t necessarily get a slam dunk win even buying at 0.27p per point.

If you are willing to sit on the points for a couple of years, I am certain (assuming no devaluation) that you will come out on top.  Of course, you may also have specific plans – like a Cape Town trip, where Radisson has a good Waterfront hotel – where you are guaranteed to get a good deal.

If you’ve got a plan, jump in.

Hilton Gatwick South

Get a 100% bonus buying Hilton Honors points

This offer has been running for a few weeks and continues until the end of the year. However, I haven’t mentioned it for a while so it is worth including in this round up.

Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you purchase 10,000+ points.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.  You have until 31st December to buy.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.33p each.  You are paying 0.39p (0.5 cents) here so the maths in general doesn’t work.

HOWEVER ….. there ARE real bargains to be had at peak periods.  Conrad Maldives at 95,000 points per night, the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives at 120,000 points, the ‘all suite’ Conrad New York Downtown or Conrad New York Midtown at 95,000 points are places where you will usually save a lot of money by buying points instead of paying cash.

This is especially true if you have Hilton status and can get ‘5 nights for the points of 4’ on a longer stay.  If you don’t have status, this article shows you how to get a Hilton Honors status match.

If you are just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway.  If you are a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a decent opportunity to buy them.  The annual points buying limit has been raised to 160,000 points per year (+ 160,000 bonus points on top) as part of this offer.

The page to buy points is here if you are interested.


Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 5th March), Radisson Rewards (50% bonus to 31st January) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 23rd February)

Comments (24)

  • Track says:

    Paltry!

  • BuildTheWall says:

    Radisson Maldives – the only points based Maldives option that offers free breakfast and an overwater villa?

    • meta says:

      Intercontinental as well because it’s an all-Club property.

    • h2d says:

      Intercon is an all-Club property so also available on points and all guests get breakfast, base level rooms book into an overwater villa. 100k points per night.

    • h2d says:

      The Intercon is an all-Club property so also available on points and all guests get breakfast, base level rooms book into an overwater villa. 100k points per night.

    • MD says:

      If you have Hilton gold or higher, you can redeem at Conrad Rangali with 5 nights for 4, free breakfast and sometimes it will let you book a redemption into Water villas rather than the beach villas.

  • Chris Heyes says:

    Rob I’ve noticed that whenever you do an article on any Hotel scheme for buying points you always give the cost price for buying the maximum points except for Hilton, is this because you don’t recommend buying Hilton or is this just a oversite ?
    Or a cut n paste error
    I checked back over previous Hilton articles just out of curiosity and in every occasion the buying full allotment was there except Hilton !
    Is there a reason ?

    • Rob says:

      For obvious reasons there is a large cut and paste element. Nothing sinister involved!

      I actually bought 400,000 Hilton points across two accounts last week for a fantastic redemption over Christmas when prices were bonkers. I will do the story when I get back.

      • Chris Heyes says:

        Thanks Rob, I didn’t think anything sinister lol
        i just wondered on the reasoning why every other hotel scheme you gave the cost out for buying the maximum but not Hilton
        my thoughts was maybe because not quite hitting your valuation

      • Lady London says:

        You didnt think to use your Virgin points instead to get that number of Hilton points, Rob ?

  • dezbez says:

    Not meaning to be pedantic but the exchange rate is slightly more favourable than the one in the illustration – it’s 1.333 right now. So assuming you’ve got a good forex card, you are probably looking at 0.375p per point (if my maths is right). I suspect not a game changer for most but might be the difference between jumping in and not for some…

  • Tubbs says:

    Anyone else having trouble with buying IHG points? The website just hangs after I enter payment details and confirm.

    • Tubbs says:

      I’m giving up. Different browsers, different payment cards but still no joy.

  • 747_Brat says:

    Radisson has quite a few options in Cape Town. May I please check which is the best one for a luxurious holiday?

    Also, please can someone confirm if Rob meant the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront hotel in this article?
    TIA

    • Rob says:

      Yes. The key redemption there is the Family Suite which is a 2-bed suite and only costs 110,000 points per night if I remember rightly. Note that I am not recommending the hotel per se but as a good redemption (I mean, its a 2-bed suite, usually £700 per night in normal times).

      Check cash pricing though. Whilst CT is often hugely expensive someone said today that the Westin on the edge of the Waterfront was £69 which is mad, by historical standards.

      Note that also there is ‘waterfront’ and ‘Waterfront’. Neither the Radisson or Westin are inside the ‘secure zone’ of the Waterfront, albeit the Westin is literally 30 seconds away from it. Whether the ‘secure zone’ is actually safer or not I don’t know though.

      • 747_Brat says:

        Thank you very much Rob. I looked at both Radisson and Westin:

        1. Radisson Two Bedroom Suite is 87,500 points per night (valued at £230 in the point sale) vs £381 in cash
        2. Westin unfortunately is not available for £69 for the dates I am travelling in late March. But a Junior Suite at Westin with Club lounge access costs £201.

        I am getting tilted in favour of Westin now! 🙂

        • Genghis says:

          The Westin is a bit more than 30 secs from the “secure” area! First time we went to Cape Town we stayed at the Protea North Wharf just around the corner from the Westin. I wouldn’t stay in that area again. Bit rough, especially at night.

  • Chef says:

    We stayed at Cape Grace , I didn’t really enjoy it.
    Too many non residents using the lounge for business meetings, we’d paid a right few quid but they were taking tables for the price of a couple of coffees.
    We much preferred Mount Nelson.

  • B says:

    Trying to book Hilton points but it looks like it is not possible atm “Sorry, purchasing Points is not available at this time”