(EXPIRED) Buy IHG points for half a cent each

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IHG is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points. That drops the cost down to half a cent per point when you buy 7,000 points or more. That’s a good enough price to consider buying if you’ve got a good use in mind.

The Deal

  • IHG is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points when you purchase 7,000 points or more, bringing the effective cost per point down to half a cent per point
  • Direct link to log in and buy (our affiliate link – note you should be able to alternatively go through a shopping portal for a little bit back)

Key Details

  • Flash sale is valid through March 22, 2018
  • You can purchase a maximum of 100,000 IHG points per year before the bonus (i.e. $1,000 for 200,000 points if you have not yet purchased points this year and purchase in this sale)
  • Note that purchases are processed by Points.com, so this will not trigger any category bonuses

Quick Thoughts

While I don’t generally recommend purchasing points speculatively, there are certainly instances where this sale makes for a good deal. Traditionally, Point Breaks are a solid use of purchased points since those hotels go for 5,000 / 10,000 / 15,000 points per night, making your effective all-in cost $25, $50, or $75 per night at those properties. There are certainly other instances where you can save as well.

Note that while IHG Rewards Club Premier cardholders qualify for a 20% discount on purchased points, that discount only applies to regular-priced purchases, not when IHG is running a bonus like this. However, another key benefit on that card is the 4th night free on award stays, which could effectively reduce your cost for hotel stays even further. A four-night stay at Point Breaks properties would cost you a net 3750 / 8000 / 11250 points per night, dropping your cost to $18.75 / $40 / $56.25 per night. While the Point Breaks properties haven’t been wildly exciting the past year or two, those prices can still represent a solid deal if your travels take you past one of those hotels.

It’s also worth mentioning that we do ocassionally see opportunities to buy points for even less than half a cent each with sales on cash & points stays, but those have deals have mostly been targeted (and infrequently offered quite that cheap).

Again, I wouldn’t buy 200K points without any plan as to how to use them, but with a plan in mind this is a pretty good deal.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

Last updated on March 23rd, 2019

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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I stupidly booked travel to Paris in the Fall of 2014. Little did I know that it was during Fashion Week.

IHG points saved my neck. My redemption was close to 220.00 us$ TOTAL, while the cheapest room was going for 330 € a night. And the hotel was quite nice and two blocks away from Rue de Rivoli. Lucky weekend to me!

OK, Close call, But a well deserved shopping stop at LV Champs Elysee