Buy IHG Points For as low as 0.50 cents each (targeted)

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IHG has again returned with a sale that’s giving up t a 100% bonus when buying their points. That means you can buy IHG Rewards points for as low as 0.5 cents per point (cpp).

Note that, although the 80% bonus begins at 10,000 IHG points, pricing doesn’t actually reach 0.50cpp until you buy at least 26,000 (note – it looks like this number varies between some offers). This is because IHG charges more that 1 cent per point below that threshold, so the bonus takes it down to slightly above 0.50 cents each.

This offer appears to be targeted as my account is only showing 60%, but my wife’s is showing 100%. It’s also officially labeled as a “mystery” bonus. In the past, that’s usually meant that most folks have the 100% bonus, but there could be some who have a lesser discount (like me).

Members may only purchase a maximum of up to 150,000 points during a calendar year, so the number of points a member can purchase will depend on how many points the member had already purchased during the same calendar year. However, during the Offer Period, members may purchase a maximum of up to 250,000 points. For example, if a member had previously purchased 50,000 points in 2024, then the member could only purchase up to a maximum of 200,000 points during the Offer Period and would be eligible to receive the applicable percentage of additional bonus points under this Offer based only on the amount of points purchased during the Offer Period. Similar limits apply to gifting points and receiving points as a gift: Members may purchase a maximum of 250,000 points during the promotional period only. Members may gift a maximum of 250,000 points or receive as a gift from another member a combined maximum of 250,000 points during the promotional period only. Points that have been already purchased, gifted or received as a gift in 2024 are included in the 250,000 points limit. If a member purchases points that exceed the 150,000 points threshold for 2024 then they cannot purchase points for the remainder of the calendar year.

The Deal

  • Buy IHG Rewards points for as little as 0.50 cents per point when buying points with a 100% bonus.
  • Direct link to offer (our affiliate link)

Key Terms

  • This Offer is available for qualifying purchases of IHG One Rewards points made between 12:00 AM ET on June 20th, 2024 and 11:59 PM ET on June 29th, 2024.
  • Members will receive a bonus of 100% of the points purchased when they meet a minimum points purchase threshold on a per transaction basis.
  • The percentage bonus amount will show for eligible members when they log into their IHG One Rewards account. (Please click through to access the landing page for the Offer.)
  • The number of points a member may purchase, gift, or receive as a gift during the Offer Period is subject to annual limits under the IHG One Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions, which are available on www.ihg.com.
  • During the Offer Period, members may purchase a maximum of up to 250,000 points. For example, if a member had previously purchased 50,000 points in 2024, then the member could only purchase up to a maximum of 200,000 points during the Offer Period and would be eligible to receive the applicable percentage of additional bonus points under this Offer based only on the amount of points purchased during the Offer Period. Similar limits apply to gifting points and receiving points as a gift: Members may purchase a maximum of 250,000 points during the promotional period only. Members may gift a maximum of 250,000 points or receive as a gift from another member a combined maximum of 250,000 points during the promotional period only. Points that have been already purchased, gifted or received as a gift in 2024 are included in the 250,000 points limit. If a member purchases points that exceed the 150,000 points threshold for 2024 then they cannot purchase points for the remainder of the calendar year.
  • Please allow up to 72 hours for points to post and appear in the recipient’s account. All other IHG One Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions apply.
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Best uses of IHG points

  • 4th night free. Use points to book 4 nights for the price of 3. This benefit is valid on longer stays, so if staying 8 nights you’ll get both the 4th and 8th nights free. This benefit is available only to cardholders of the IHG Premier, Traveler and Business credit cards. Rather than reducing the total cost of the stay by 25%, the points required for every 4th night are deducted. Seeing as IHG uses dynamic pricing, that can be great if the 4th night is the most expensive, but not as good if that night is the cheapest. See this post for more about the possibilities.
  • 10% points rebate. If you have the IHG Select credit card (no longer available for new applications), you’ll get a 10% points rebate when booking award stays. The points are credited back a few weeks after your stay, so you need to have the full number of points required for an award stay in your account. The 10% points rebate stacks with the 4th night free benefit if you have both an IHG Premier, Traveler or Business credit card and an IHG Select card, with the 4th night free being calculated first.
  • Sweet spots with dynamic pricing. Although IHG uses dynamic pricing for award stays, award pricing isn’t always as high as the corresponding cash cost. For example, Stephen booked a stay at the Staybridge Suites Temecula-Wine Country in California. The average nightly cost was $258.81 with taxes and fees, but the points cost ranged from 19,000-23,000 points per night. Buying points at 0.5cpp would therefore enable you to stay for only $95-$115 per night at that award pricing – less than half the cost of a regular paid stay. Stacking the 4th night free and 10% points rebate reduced the cost of a 9 night stay there to only 14,500 points per night, or $72.50 per night when buying points at 0.5cpp. That was less than a third of the cost of a paid stay.

Things to know about IHG points

  • When you book nights with points, you will not earn points for the stay unless IHG is running a promotion that awards bonus points per night/stay which includes award nights.
  • Most hotel taxes are not charged on award stays, so this can make the value of buying points even better. Arguably, this factor and the one above roughly cancel each other out.
  • IHG Rewards points purchases are made via Points.com. You can click through from a shopping portal to earn a little cashback on the purchase, thereby reducing your net cost for the points – you can find the current rates here.
  • Points.com purchases don’t code as travel, so it’s best to pay with a card that earns at a higher rate for everyday spend or on a card where you’re working on a minimum spend requirement.

Past IHG points sales

  • Up to a 80% bonus (Buy points for 0.56 cents each). Valid April 25th – June 8, 2024.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.05 cents each). Valid January 26-February 2, 2024
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.05 cents each). Valid November 16-December 30, 2023
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.05 cents each). Valid October 2-9, 2023
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.05 cents each). Valid July 21-28, 2023
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid June 19-26, 2023.
  • 80% bonus (Buy points for 0.56 cents each). Valid April 24 – June 7, 2023.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through March 21, 2023.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through December 29, 2022.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through October 21, 2022.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through August 7, 2022.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through July 15, 2022.
  • 80% bonus (Buy points for 0.6 cents each). Valid through June 10, 2022.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through April 14, 2022.
  • 80%-100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5-0.6 cents each). Valid through March 18, 2022.
  • 80% bonus (Buy points for 0.6 cents each). Valid through January 4, 2022.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through November 8, 2021.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through October 8, 2021.
  • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through September 9, 2021.
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Jim

My offer is 100% starting at 11,000 points…

Robert

Which card would be best to use to make purchase? IHG Rewards Club, IHG Rewards Premier Biz or the old IHG Rewards Club World for extra points when making purchase?

Dima

From what I have been told in earlier conversations, point purchases don’t code as IHG purchases.

Paul5795

I got the 100% bonus offer. To get the full bonus amount, however, I have to buy a minimum of 40k points (40k purchase plus 40k bonus for $400).

Tim Steinke

Thanks for letting us know!

David

I also got the 100% bonus but only need to purchase 11k points to get it

Dima

Same for me, but have to buy at least 26k pts (52k with bonus) to get them at 0.5 cpp

loungeabuser

If you book a cash and points reservation at a hotel in Japan, the exchange rate is so favorable that refunding the reservation for the sole purpose of buying points makes the purchase cheaper, marginally, and without limit on the number of points that can be acquired, than buying the points from IHG in the promo.

Dave Hanson

Note that IHG’s pattern recently has been to offer a 100% bonus for a few weeks, then immediately after cut the offer to 80%. And either discount counts against the same 150K purchase limit (sometimes stretched to 250K at year’s end).

Thus, unless one has an urgent need for points, it makes sense to hold off for the next 100% bonus offer (which lately has been at least 3x per year.)

James

You can only get the 4th night free when paying with points if you have the credit card too?

Billy Bob

Yes. I think even the no a/f card offers 4th night free.

Last edited 4 months ago by Billy Bob
Dave Hanson

@Billy Bob is correct. the no a/f card, personal Premier, and current Business card all enable 4th night free.

Kaza

Well, I tried buying few minutes before the offer expired, but the website wouldn’t let me log on. About an hour later, I logged on again (technically after the offer expired), but the 100% bonus offer is gone and replaced with a lesser offer.

Not cool of IHG to disallow members from logging on before the offer expires. Oh well.

Jo Jo

The last three sales say that IHG points were .05 cents. This means you could buy 150,000 IHG points for $75.

Sea Pea

Huh?

Dave Hanson

Stephen, this time the sale has the usual annual cap of 150/300K points purchased, not the 250/500K cited in your piece.

It’s generally only with end of year promos that the cap is raised beyond 150K.

Tim Steinke

Thanks Dave, fixed.

Dugroz Reports

Oddly, mine allows up to 180K (doubled to 360K) in points.

Brad R

Does points.com code as “travel”?

Anthony

I only got targeted for 80% in my Offers. Is there a workaround to get the 100% bonus?

Loungeabuser

Are there any points plus cash hotels where the effective cost is less than .5 cents to book and cancel? I seem to recall getting 300,000 for around .32 a few years back

Dave Hanson

Stephen, my email increased the yearly cap from the standard 150,000 to 250,000, the same as they did last year.

Assuming everyone is seeing the same thing, might be worth mentioning that in the post.

John

Me too. I had already maxed out my 150,000 points so it was a pleasant surprise to see i could buy an additional 100, 000 points.

Mau

Hello, I have been trying to figure out if there is a way to add breakfast to an award booking with IHG – short of calling them – or if it is even worth it.
Thanks!

chris

I love this sales but for me personally I tend to get “no award nights available” at a lot of the IHG proerties I try to book even though there are plenty of rooms available via cash rate. I wish IHG was more like hilton in that if there is a room available you can use points