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IT’S BACK, BE QUICK: Many IHG hotels showing at half price or less for points!

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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 – March 2023:

Get bonus points: Click here for our article on IHG’s ‘2k Every 2 Nights’ promotion, which runs from 9th February 2023 to 14th April 2023. You can register here.

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.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

You will receive an 80%-100% bonus when you buy IHG points by 21st March 2023.

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Comments (269)

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  • James says:

    Thanks for this. Spotted a comment on another thread and rebooked an intercontinental near Dubai for 120k for 3 nights instead of 156k yesterday. Definitely not ‘half price’ though vs usual points! But a huge cash saving, making the nights almost half price that way and no booking sites anywhere close to the equivalent rate.

  • James says:

    Btw I bought points on Monday (I missed the original deal) but did so as the bonus points mean I’d save 25% vs paying cash so this was by far the best method. However, they didn’t post on my account until last night so I’d be careful buying speculatively. I know some said points appeared instantly.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I feel old now! I remember when these used to be the normal redemption levels

  • SGJNI says:

    Bought 60,000 points to top up, posted immediately Kimpton Majorca, was 88K, now 45K or €556pn! Result.

  • AP says:

    Rob- any Maldives availability

    • Rob says:

      Why not take a look on dates you know you could make? There was last time.

      EDIT: Twitter comment says IC Maldives is 35k, normally 120k, on some dates.

      • pbcold says:

        Only 4 nights of these, including last night, tonight and tomorrow noght!

  • Will says:

    4th night free not available in New Zealand? Or has uk ihg premium credit card perk disappeared completely??

  • SRF. says:

    Booked myself 3 nights at IC Champs-Elysees for final days of Tour de France.

    Would have gone for the Le Grand but the Sunday night (final day of race) is 100k points.

    Is it worth staying Le Grand for 2 nights and then swapping to Champs for final night? Equally could do all 3 nights at Kimpton for 45kpn?

    • Rob says:

      LeG is by far the better hotel in a better location. Kimpton is opposite – quicker to walk to it from the IC reception then some of the ICs rooms 🙂

      • Nick says:

        Just booked Le Grand but the rooms in comparison from the images on IHG site don’t look as good as the Champ-Elysees (recently refurbished I think?) but granted location isn’t as good? Could just be images deceiving though?

        • Rob says:

          Base rooms are so small you can touch both walls by stretching your arms out in bed, pretty much, so you absolutely need some sort of IHG status.

      • SRF. says:

        Noted with thanks. First 2 nights swapped.

  • sarah gorman says:

    Thanks Rob, either it’s over or Kimpton Grand Cayman excluded as still showing 70k a night

    • NorthernLass says:

      That one never changes IME, it’s already a massive bargain at 70k when rates are often over $1k pn! I keep expecting the points rates to go up at any time …

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