If transferring points to your IHG Rewards Club account isn't an option, the next choice is to buy IHG Points. Buying IHG Points is a great way to top off your account if you're a few points shy of a redemption.
Cost To Buy IHG Points
IHG Points will cost you between 1 and 1.35 cents at the standard rate depending on how many you buy. You'll get the best value of 1 cent each when you buy at least 26,000 IHG Points.
If you have the IHG Premier Card or IHG Traveler Card, you'll receive a 20% discount when buying points automatically. This will only apply at the standard rate. You will not receive a discount if the points are already on sale.
|Points Purchased||Cost Per Point|
|1,000 - 10,000 Points||1.35 Cents|
|11,000 - 25,000 Points||1.15 Cents|
|26,000 - 150,000 Points||1 Cent|
|1,000 - 10,000 Points||1.08 Cents|
|11,000 - 25,000 Points||0.92 Cents|
|26,000 - 150,000 Points||0.8 Cents|
You can buy as little as 1,000 IHG Points for $13.50 or as many as 150,000 Points for $1,500 in a single transaction. You can buy up to a total of 150,000 IHG Points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 150,000 points per calendar year. Do note that limits may change during IHG's promotions.
|Base Cost Per Points||0.8 to 1.35 Cent|
|Min Purchase Per Transaction||1,000 Points|
|Max Purchase Per Transaction||150,000 Points|
|Max Points Per Calendar Year||150,000 Points|
|Purchase Increments||1,000-point Increments|
Purchased IHG Points do not count towards IHG Elite Status.
Buy IHG Points Calculator
If you plan on buying IHG Points at the standard rate, the calculator below will estimate how much it will cost you. Do note that the cost of buying points can change at any time, so you'll want to log into your IHG Rewards Club account and check their buy points page to see the actual cost.
When To Buy IHG Points
One of the main reasons to buy IHG Points is to top off your account. This can be useful if you're a few points shy of a redemption. For example, if you have 34,000 IHG Points and you're trying to book a 3-day stay for 36,000 IHG Points, buying 2,000 IHG Points to add to your IHG Rewards Club account may be worth it depending on the overall cost of the hotel.
IHG Points are on sale several times per year. This allows you to buy points at a reduced cost which is great if you need to top off your account or buy a larger amount of points for a great redemption. IHG Points have been sold on sale for as low as 0.5 cents per point which is half off the best standard rate cost and lower than the average value. When being sold for this price, you can generally buy IHG Points low and redeem them for high, especially when combined with IHG's 4th night free benefit offered to those with the IHG Premier Credit Card or IHG Traveler Credit Card.
How To Buy IHG Points
IHG Points can be purchased directly from the IHG website. You'll need your IHG Rewards Club membership number and PIN to log into the site. You can buy IHG Points following these steps:
- 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 IHG points you want to buy.
- Enter your payment details.
- Review your order and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click Pay Now.
IHG Points should post to your account a few minutes after purchasing.