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100% bonus Oct 27, 2021 till Nov 08, 2021

Bonus of 100% starting from 15,000 points and up
Maximum amount is 250,000 points

Past Promotions
100% bonus Oct 27, 2021 till Nov 08, 2021 (from 15,000 points an up, limit raised to 250,000 pts)
100% bonus Sep 01, 2021 till Sept 09, 2021 (from 10,000 to 30,000 points and up, depending on member)
100% bonus Jun 01, 2021 till Jun 10, 2021 (from 15000 points and up)
80% bonus from April 01, 2021 till May 03, 2021 (from 3,000 points an up)
100% bonus on a min 30,000 initial buy on Mar 12, 2021 to Mar 16, 2021 .
75% Bonus from Dec 12, 2020 to Dec 31, 2020
100% Bonus Nov 23, 2020 to Nov 27, 2020 (from 10000 points and up)
40% discoont Oct 27, 2020 to Nov 13, 2020 (from 10000 points and up)
100% Bonus from May 06, 2020 to June 20, 2020
75% Bonus from January 29, 2020 to February 27, 2020
100% Bonus from November 25, 2019 to Dececmber 30, 2019 (max number 150000)
100% Bonus from October 30, 2019 to November 16, 2019


General information about buying Points with IHG

You can buy points in general. The rate per point depend on the number of points you buy.
  • 1000 to 10000 IHG Rewards Club Points are $13.50 per 1000 Points
  • 11000 to 25000 IHG Rewards Club Points are $11.50 per 1000 Points
  • 26000 or more IHG Rewards Club Punkte are $10.00 per 1000 Points
Maximum number is usually 100000 points but raised occasionally due to promotions.
IHG uses points.com for the transaction, so it is not a IHG hotel related payment



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Buying IHG Rewards Club Points Promotions and Discussions

Old Sep 18, 2019, 1:09 pm
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Buying IHG Rewards Club Points Promotions and Discussions

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Number of Points100,000
Bonus Points100,000
Total Points200,000
Cost of Points$1,000.00 USD
Total Charge$1,000.00 USD

Is this worth it? I tried to do some searches but didn't find much. I'm mostly an HHONORS guy...I've got about 500,000 points in there and been a diamond for about 5 years now. I do occasionally use IHG, but not familiar with how to keep points, how many a good vacation hotel uses, etc. I tried to paste the images, not allowed. Says they are URL's which is not correct.

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Old Sep 18, 2019, 1:32 pm
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That is the the best-rate points sale IHG offers (or, fairly close to it). They have these sales at $0.005 per point multiple times a year, though, so this is not a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

This can be pretty good value if you need a bunch of rooms at dates where prices are through the roof. I have a stay in Boston coming up. Found a Kimpton property which is available for 60k points per night--cash would be north of $500. That's a pretty good value (even though, in constrast to Hilton, Kimpton is gonna make you pay the effed up $25 + tax amenity fee).
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 1:58 pm
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If you can do an award redemption for the 200k points that would normally cost you more than $1000 then it's a good deal. If not...no.
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 2:55 pm
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I think if you are aiming for something specific then it can be worth it, for example IC Da Nang is $438 including tax or 70k points per night. Using points for 3 nights would save about $88 a night and give a fully flexible booking. At this price I think it very much depends on what you are planning to do with the points.
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 4:36 pm
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I am often tempted to cash and points bookings, which helps spread the costs a bit. One just has to do the maths and see if it works. But if you have a lot of points, then it is worth saving money.
One question, though: is this a points deal at the moment, where they offer 100% bonus? I know Hilton has one at the moment, but I didn't know IHG did.
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Concerto
I am often tempted to cash and points bookings, which helps spread the costs a bit. One just has to do the maths and see if it works. But if you have a lot of points, then it is worth saving money.
One question, though: is this a points deal at the moment, where they offer 100% bonus? I know Hilton has one at the moment, but I didn't know IHG did.
The problem is you have to be really lucky to find a good deal with cash and points. I have seen many cases where cash and points even turned out to be more expensive than advance rates
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 6:31 pm
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Originally Posted by strickers
I think if you are aiming for something specific then it can be worth it, for example IC Da Nang is $438 including tax or 70k points per night. Using points for 3 nights would save about $88 a night and give a fully flexible booking. At this price I think it very much depends on what you are planning to do with the points.

Sure. And you waive all RA amenities, cashback and the points you would get for a revenue rate. Your example is certainly not the best one
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 11:23 pm
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Sure. And you waive all RA amenities, cashback and the points you would get for a revenue rate. Your example is certainly not the best one
Agreed, it was late and I was being simplistic. However, not everyone has elite status and I don't recall the OP mentioning he was a RA?
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 11:27 pm
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Another thing to factor in to points bookings is most have zero taxes and resort fees. If you total up the cost of a cash booking with those added the cost of buying points really makes sense. For a 5-night (4-night for IHG) points booking you get one free night, adding more value. I purchase points (with 100%) bonus from IHG and Hilton and always use the points when staying there. Have always saved over a straight cash booking

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Old Sep 28, 2019, 10:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave
Another thing to factor in to points bookings is most have zero taxes and resort fees. If you total up the cost of a cash booking with those added the cost of buying points really makes sense. For a 5-night (4-night for IHG) points booking you get one free night, adding more value. I purchase points (with 100%) bonus from IHG and Hilton and always use the points when staying there. Have always saved over a straight cash booking

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I was able to get 2.2 cents per point for a 4 night redemption at the Hotel Indigo in Barcelona using 4th night free. 3k paid stay price for 135k points. sweet!
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Old Sep 30, 2019, 7:44 pm
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When considering the elite benefits and the points you get on a paid stay it is VERY difficult to find rooms when you use 0.5 cents per point as value. Not even considering that it can be difficult to find rooms on points cash rates most of the time are better.
I would only buy at that price when I have something specific I want to use the points for.
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Old Oct 1, 2019, 12:35 am
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We bought for Thalasso Bora Bora and Kimpton Seafire free nights. Since the Kimpton was in high season, rooms were 900+. Thalasso is 1,200+. Great value for us.
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Old Oct 4, 2019, 1:30 pm
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100,000 points for 800 ?
I exchange my 100,000 points for around 200 Gift Cards usually. Poor Value but I don't want to spend them on anything else at the moment and have a lot of points!
Is the website you stated affiliated to IHG? Or is it a trading place for points? I'm slightly frustrated that I am currently getting a poor amount of for giving up my points if there's a better way!
EDIT: Having a look on our favourite search engine seems it's not possible. Damn it is frustrating though how much extra people are willing to buy points for

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Old Oct 5, 2019, 12:32 am
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Originally Posted by FastMJ
I was able to get 2.2 cents per point for a 4 night redemption at the Hotel Indigo in Barcelona using 4th night free. 3k paid stay price for 135k points. sweet!
Sure good value for points on a super inflated rate which the hotel is famous for, especially for days further out. Though anyone that would pay 750 a night for the Indigo in Barcelona would need their head examined in the first place
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Old Oct 7, 2019, 1:09 am
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Unless you'r going to use it QUICKLY don't do it. IHG prints points as fast as Argentina prints their peso and you know how that goes. Keeping $1K in cash is better than keeping IHG points for any length of time in your account.
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