Buy IHG Points And Earn Up To 75% More
Get the details on IHG's 75% more promo and find out how buying IHG Points for 0.57 cents each can save you money in the long run.
IHG Rewards member can currently buy IHG Points and earn up to a 75% bonus through Thursday, February 27, 2020. With this promo, you can buy IHG Points for as low as 0.57 cents each.
For this promotion, the more IHG Points you buy the better the deal. Let's look at a breakdown of how much IHG points will cost you based on how many you sweep up.
|Buying IHG Points|
|Buy 1,000-6,000 Points||1.35 Cents||No Bonus|
|Buy 7,000-10,000 Points||0.9 Cents||50% Bonus|
|Buy 11,000-19,000 Points||0.766 Cents||50% Bonus|
|Buy 20,000-25,000 Points||0.657 Cents||75% Bonus|
|Buy 26,000-150,000 Points||0.571 Cents (BEST)||75% Bonus|
Looking at the table, you'll need to buy at least 7,000 IHG Points to get a 50% bonus and at least 20,000 IHG Points to get the 75% bonus. You'll receive the best price of 0.57 per IHG Point when you buy at least 26,000 points.
With this particular promotion, you can buy up to a maximum of 150,000 Points which will give you a total of 262,500 IHG Points after the bonus and the best return of 0.57 cents per point.
How To Benefit From This Promotion
Buying points with out any kind of plan is always a bad idea, no matter how good the deal. But if you have a plan mapped out, purchasing points can sometimes save you a great deal of money depending on where you're staying. Below are just a few examples in which buying points can get you a great deal.
High-End, High-Cost IHG Properties
Buying hotel points for high-end, high-cost properties will usually save you a great deal of money. These are hotels in which the cost per night can push $300 or higher in which redeeming your IHG Points can be a superb deal. Of course if you don't have the IHG Points for the redemption, buying the points will still be the better option due to it being the cheaper option.
InterContinental Hotels Le Moana Bora Bora
The InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora is a very nice hotel that normally costs 70,000 IHG Points per night. It can be hard to find award space, but it is possible.
Depending on the time of year, this hotel can quite pricey. Looking across a few dates during the spring, I found most prices to be in the low 500s and that's not including taxes/fees.
Buying 210,000 points to pay for the 3-night stay at the Le Moana Bora Bora in this example would save you more than $600. This is one of the ways you can use these promotions to your advantage if you were planning on paying cash for a stay.
InterContinental Hotels Miami
The InterContinental Hotels Miami is highly rated hotel that can have a high price tag. Looking through a couple extended weekend stays (4 nights) in late February, prices usually hovered around $393 per night (before taxes). The cheapest weekend stay I found was a total of $1,753.19. Ouch!
Instead of dishing out cash, you could buy points and use them on the hotel to save money. This hotel would cost you 240,000 points for a four night stay.
In order to obtain 240,000 IHG Points from this promotion, you would need to buy 138,000 IHG Points. This would give you a bonus 103,500 IHG Points and you would end up with a total of 241,500 IHG Points. This would cost you a total of $1,380 which saves you a few hundred compared to dishing out cash.
If you're an IHG Premier Card holder, you would have access to the 4th Night Free benefit which would give you the 4th night at this hotel for free. That means this hotel would only run you 180,000 Points which would cost $1,030 through this promotion saving you $723. You would be buying IHG Points for 0.57 cents each and redeeming them at a value of 0.9 cents each which is pretty nice.
While it is easy to get value out of high-end, high-cost properties, you can also benefit from buying points for standard properties though it will be a lot harder to find these. Any property that you can find in which an IHG Points redemption would give you a great value (~0.7 cents or more), would be a property worth buying points for.
Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown
This downtown property will run you around $250 during weekend stays due to the fun nightlife that downtown Columbus, Ohio provides. The cost in points for this hotel is a pretty low 30,000 per night. Before taxes are even factored in, you're looking at a superb redemption of 0.8 cents per IHG point which lets you know that buying points will be the better option over paying cash. Once everything is totaled, a 2-night stay (Friday-Sunday) will cost you a total of $602.
You could buy 35,000 IHG Points for $350, receive 26,260 points as part of the 75% bonus, and use those points to book the hotel which would save you $352. With this example you're buying points for 0.57 cents and redeeming them for a magnificent 1 cent each.
IHG PointBreaks Properties
IHG PointBreaks is a chance to 'catch a break'. These will be specific properties in which you can book two night stays for 5,000 to 15,000 points. This means a two nice stay would cot you 10,000 to 30,000 points which is quite nice.
If you don't have enough points for these properties, buying them will usually be the better option. For example, buying 10,000 points for a 2-night stay at a 5,000-point property would cost you $94.50. That's equal to paying $47.25 per night after taxes which can be hard to beat.
Why Buy Points When You Can Earn Them Paying Cash?
You're typically going to earn points when you pay cash for your hotel, so why not just pay cash for the hotel and earn the points instead of buying them? Truth is, you're not going to earn hundreds in dollars worth of points on a stay. If you run the calculations to buy points and you're only saving $20 then you'll probably just want to pay for the hotel as you might earn $20 worth of points depending on how much the hotel costs, your elite status if you have, and whether or not you're using a hotel's co-branded credit card. But if you're saving $100+, more than likely buying points is still going to be the better option.
Take the previous example of staying at the Crowne Plaza. Buying points saves you $352 in that example. If you used the IHG Premier Card and had the highest status of IHG Spire Elite, you would earn a little under 18,000 IHG points. So you paid out $602 and earned about $126 worth of points. Buying points only costs you $352 and you'll likely earn a small amount of rewards on buying points as well. So the "you'll earn points paying cash" doesn't work in the situations where you're saving a large amount of money.
IHG's Transfer Partners
Before you whip out your wallet, do note that there are several programs that allow you to transfer points directly into your IHG Rewards Club account. The Chase Ultimate Rewards Program is the best transfer partner out of them all. Ultimate Rewards Points can be worth as high as 2 cents each so transferring them at a 1:1 ratio to IHG may dwindle the value enough to the point where you might want to still buy points.
You can use the table below to calculate the transfer of points to your IHG Rewards Club account from other programs.
How To Buy IHG Points
Now that you're aware of how to benefit from buying points and have a plan mapped out, you're ready to purchase some points! Purchasing IHG Points is done through the Points.com portal located on the IHG website. You will need your IHG Rewards Club number and PIN# to buy points from the storefront.
Steps To Buy Points
- Jump over to IHG's Buy Points page.
- Log in using your first/last name, IHG Rewards Club number, PIN, and email address.
- Select how many points you wish to buy.
- Enter your payment details.
- Review your order and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click Pay Now.
That's all! Your purchased points will usually post to your account immediately, but it can take up to 72 hours to post.
IHG Rewards Credit Cards will not grant you any bonus points on IHG Point purchases and there's no credit card that offers bonus points for shopping through Points.com portals. Your best best is to use a card that earns a 1.5% to 2% return on non-category spend.
Another thing that can help you when it comes to buying points is that you can use TopCashback to earn extra cash back on top of your points. This makes buying points even more valuable. Be sure to sign up for a TopCashback account and click through their portal to earn bonus cash back.
With a deal like this, you can easily purchase points and save a great deal of money. Just be sure that before you purchase your IHG Points, you have a redemption in mind. The value of points and miles can change at any time and the amount of points required for a property you're eying could change in a flash. It's never a good idea to hoard points and miles even if you are getting a great deal on buying them.
Listed below are some of the most common questions when it comes to buying IHG Points.
How many IHG Points can I buy with this promo?
You can buy up to 150,000 IHG Points which will give you a bonus of 112,500 IHG Points for a total of 262,500 IHG Points.
Is this a good promotion?
It's one of IHG's best promotions, through they have had 80% promotions in the past.
Is buying IHG Points worth it?
If you have a redemption that can give you great value, yes. It's also good for anyone needing to top off their account.
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