100% Bonus: Buy IHG Hotel Points As Little As $0.00575 Each

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Bonus Purchasing IHG Rewards Club Points Through November 16

IHG Rewards Club – the loyalty program for Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and related brands — is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points through November 16. There are other lower bonus amounts, too.

At a 100% bonus you can buy points at just $0.00575 apiece which is a lower price than what they’re worth.

They do make you validate your IHG Rewards Club account information. I’ve checked a few accounts and they were offered a 100% bonus. There are lower bonuses like 80% also.

This is the normal pricing:

You may purchase points in 1,000 increments:

1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

As a result, if you’re offered a 100% bonus you can buy points for as little as $0.00575 apiece (half of $11.50 per 1000) or $690 for 120,000 points which is the maximum allowable purchase.

Club Lounge at the Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

The points are processed by Points.com so this doesn’t count as hotel spend for credit card bonuses.

In general I value an IHG Rewards Club point at about 6/10ths of a cent — just over the price they’re selling points through this promotion. If the price were lower I would be a buyer.

Personally I’d rather hold cash than points at this price and only buy points with a specific use in mind, especially since it’s long been possible to buy points at 7/10ths of a cent apiece whenever one wishes and sometimes less. The gain by acting right away is marginal (just over one-tenth of a cent per point).

But you likely won’t get hurt at this price. And it’s tied for the lowest price I’ve seen. They offered it before… July, May, February, in December, last June and fall 2014.

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  1. While this is a good points deal, using Bora Bora Thalasso as an example is not good. They have virtually no free nights on points available for anytime in the future. It has been this way for the past year or more. Bora Bora Le Moana has sporadic one night availability but that property is far less elegant than Thalasso.

  2. We just bought points to top up our account (adding to the points we got from the postcard extravaganza). We used our one free night from the Chase IHG card and booked at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Not the most aspirational redemption but it’s what we wanted. We found the purchasing the points was even more valuable because booking for cash we’d have to pay NYC taxes on top of the hotel nightly resort fee which doesn’t apply to booking with points.

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