The crazy IHG redemption deal which popped up a couple of Sundays ago is back. Whether or not it is an IT error, you should MOVE NOW.
Many IHG hotels globally, for many dates, are currently bookable for roughly half – or less – the usual number of points.
EDIT, Wednesday evening: This deal is now, in the main, dead, especially for those hotels where the discounts were most impressive.
The pricing appears to be:
- Kimpton – 45,000 points
- Regent / InterContinental – 35,000 points to 45,000 points
- Hotel Indigo – 30,000 points
- Crowne Plaza – 25,000 points
- Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express – 20,000 points
Last time I booked Kimpton Paris and the new Kimpton Mallorca for 45,000 points and InterContinental London for 40,000 points.
The Kimpton Paris, for the date I wanted, was over 100,000 points per night when I looked a few days earlier, with a €660 cash rate.
It isn’t clear if not all hotels are taking part or only certain dates are included. I can’t get the InterContinental Amstel for when I need to be in Amsterdam, for example, but I know others have booked it.
The real value here is at hotels which are usually hugely expensive for cash and would therefore be 100,000+ points per night under IHG’s new dyanamic pricing model. Not every hotel is a bargain under this deal – in some cheap cities, prices will have gone up today because these are properties which benefit from dynamic points pricing.
Funamentally …. if you’re getting over 1p per point it is a steal. If you’re getting 0.75p per point it is far better than normal. If you’re getting 0.4p to 0.5p per point then don’t get excited – this is what you’d usually expect.
This could be a mistake but it could be an unprecedented flash sale which is due to be announced tomorrow. Mr & Mrs Smith hotels are not included, which leads me to believe that this is a deliberate sale of some sort. Regardless, it is worth making some speculative bookings – remember that all reward nights can be cancelled.
Don’t hang around – with free cancellation there is NO downside, albeit check the rules for peak times such as New Year’s Eve.
Should you buy points?
There is currently a 75% bonus if you buy IHG points. You can buy here.
People who did this last time said that they were posting immediately. I am not guaranteeing this to you but it is working for others. Note that some people had issues when trying to make multiple purchases as security delays appear to kick in.
The ‘buy points’ page is here if you choose to risk it.
IHG One Rewards update – February 2023:
New to IHG One Rewards? Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.
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