IHG Rewards Selling Points With Up To 80% Bonus

IHG Rewards Selling Points With Up To 80% Bonus

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Deal History
Up to an 80% bonus on purchased points December 9, 2021 January 4, 2022
Up to a 100% bonus on purchased points October 27, 2021 November 8, 2021
Up to a 100% bonus on purchased points September 19, 2021 October 8, 2021
Up to a 100% bonus on purchased points September 1, 2021 September 9, 2021
Up to a 75% bonus on purchased points July 1, 2021 August 13, 2021
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Strategically buying points can be a good value, especially for luxury hotel stays. IHG has just launched its latest sale on purchased points, which is being marketed as a holiday bonus. This isn’t as good as some of the offers we’ve seen from the program, but it’s still worth being aware of.

Sale on purchased IHG Rewards points

Through Tuesday, January 4, 2022, IHG Rewards is offering up to an 80% bonus on purchased points. Specifically, you can receive the 80% bonus as long as you purchase at least 7,000 points in one transaction, pre-bonus. Let’s go over all the details.

How much does it cost to buy IHG Rewards points?

Ordinarily you can buy IHG Rewards points for one cent each, before any discounts or bonuses. If you maxed out the promotion and purchased 250,000 IHG Rewards points pre-bonus, you’d receive a total of 450,000 points at a cost of $2,500, which is a rate of 0.56 cents per IHG point.

IHG Rewards sells points quite often, and when the program does, the bonus is typically in the range of 75-100%. So this isn’t quite the best offer we’ve seen from the program, though it is the best offer we’ll see from IHG for the rest of the year, it seems.

While the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review) offers a 20% discount on purchased points, that benefit only applies when buying points at the normal cost, and wouldn’t be applicable here.

How many IHG Rewards points can you purchase?

Ordinarily IHG Rewards lets members purchase up to 150,000 points per calendar year, before any bonuses. However, during this promotion the cap on purchased points has been increased to 250,000 points pre-bonus.

Redeem IHG points at Kimpton St Honoré Paris

Which credit card should you buy IHG Rewards points with?

IHG Rewards points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as a hotel purchase for the purposes of credit card spending.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach a minimum spending requirement, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review), Citi® Double Cash Card (review), or the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (review).

Citi® Double Cash Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • Earn 1% cash back when you make a purchase, earn 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase
  • $0
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • Earn 3% Cash Back on Dining
  • Earn 3% Cash Back at Drugstores
  • Earn 1.5% Cash Back On All Other Purchases
  • $0
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • 10,000 bonus miles every account anniversary
  • $395
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit
  • $95
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • 2x points on purchases up to $50k then 1x
  • Access to Amex Offers
  • No annual fee

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Is buying IHG Rewards points worth it?

IHG Rewards has dynamic award pricing, which means there’s no minimum or maximum number of points a hotel stay can cost. Rather the cost of an award stay generally correlates somewhat to the cost of a revenue stay. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the same value with all hotel stays. There are many situations where you can get outsized value by buying points and then redeeming them, so let’s get into that in a bit more detail.

Tip: Get a fourth night free with the IHG Premier Card

You’ll get the most value from your IHG Rewards points if you have the IHG Rewards Premier Card. That’s because the card offers a fourth night free benefit, meaning that you can book a four night award stay for the cost of three nights. This is essentially equivalent of 25% off in increments of four nights, since you can use this benefit an unlimited number of times.

At what hotels can you redeem IHG Rewards points?

IHG Rewards has over 15 hotel brands, so there are lots of options for redeeming your IHG Rewards points. IHG Rewards points can be redeemed at the following properties, among others:

  • For luxury & premium hotels, there’s Six Senses, Regent, InterContinental, Kimpton and Hotel Indigo
  • For mid-range and limited service hotels, there’s Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, voco, and EVEN
Redeem IHG points at Regent Porto Montenegro

How much are IHG Rewards points worth?

Everyone will value points differently, but personally I value IHG Rewards points at ~0.5 cents each, and I tend to value points pretty conservatively. So the purchase price is right around what I value these points.

Do IHG Rewards points expire?

For non-elite members, IHG Rewards points expire after 12 months of inactivity. However, any sort of points earning or redemption activity would reset the expiration of your points. Furthermore, IHG Rewards points don’t expire for elite members in the program.

Keep in mind that IHG elite status is quite easy to earn. Just for having the IHG Rewards Premier Card you receive Platinum status, without any sort of a spending requirement.

Does IHG Rewards have blackout dates?

IHG Rewards doesn’t have blackout dates on award nights, but the program does have capacity controls. What this means is that some number of standard rooms will be made available for award redemptions every night, but that doesn’t mean that all standard rooms are available for award redemptions.

Redeem IHG points at the InterContinental David Tel Aviv

What are good uses of IHG Rewards points?

While all prices are subject to change, let me give a few examples of some great deals I’m seeing right now using IHG Rewards points. Again, keep in mind that IHG Rewards points could be acquired for 0.5 cents each with this promotion.

For example, you could book an overwater villa at the Six Senses Laamu Maldives for 100,000 IHG Rewards points per night (with a fourth night free you’d pay just 75,000 points per night), when the paid rate would be over $1,500 per night.

Redeem IHG points at Six Senses Laamu Maldives

If you’re looking for a luxury city getaway, the InterContinental London Park Lane is charging 75,500 IHG Rewards points per night on many dates (with a fourth night free you’d pay just ~56,600 points per night), when the paid rate would be over $700 per night.

Redeem IHG points at InterContinental London Park Lane

If you’re looking for a luxury beach vacation closer to home, the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa in Grand Cayman is charging 70,000 IHG Rewards points per night on many dates (with a fourth night free you’d pay just 52,500 points per night), when the paid rate would be over $800 per night.

Redeem IHG points at Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa Grand Cayman

Bottom line

IHG Rewards is offering a sale on purchased points. Through January 4, 2022, members can receive up to an 80% bonus on purchased points, which is a rate of 0.56 cents per point. This is as good as IHG promotions on purchased points get.

There are definitely circumstances where it could make sense to buy IHG points. As you can see above, there are plenty of situations where buying points can save you over 50% on the cost of a luxury hotel stay. I also think there’s value in having a “reserve” of IHG points, given the brand’s global footprint.

You can get even more value out of buying IHG points in conjunction with the IHG Rewards Premier Card, which can get you a fourth night for free on award redemptions.

Do you plan on buying IHG points with an 80% bonus?

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