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IHG has returned with a new sale that’s giving a 100% bonus when buying their points. That means you can buy IHG Rewards points for 0.5cpp with this sale.
Past IHG Points Sales
- 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.
- Buy IHG Rewards points for 0.5cpp when buying 26,000+ points, or 0.575cpp when buying 15,000-25,000 points
- Direct link to offer (our affiliate link)
- This offer is available for qualifying purchases made during the period from 12:00 AM ET April 6, 2022 through 11:59 PM ET April 14, 2022 (“Offer Period”).
- Eligible members will receive a bonus of 100% of the points purchase when they meet a minimum points purchase threshold on a per transaction basis. (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® Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions, which are available on www.ihg.com.
- Members may purchase a maximum of up to 150,000 points during a calendar year, so the number of points a member can purchase during the Offer Period will depend on how many points the member had already purchased during the same calendar year. For example, if a member had previously purchased 50,000 points in 2022, then the member could only purchase up to a maximum of 100,000 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 gift up to a maximum of 150,000 points, or receive as gifts from other members a combined maximum of up to 150,000 points, during the Offer Period, subject to reduction by the number of points that have been already gifted, or received as a gift, in the same calendar year.
- Purchased points, as well as any bonus points awarded under this Offer, do not count towards IHG Rewards Elite status.
- 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
- 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.