IHG Rewards runs frequent promotions to buy its rewards points, and right now you can get them with a 100% bonus on purchases by June 3. This brings the price as low as 0.575 cents each — lower even than some other tricks for buying IHG points.
The cost of points is still linked to how many you purchase. Buy fewer points and you’ll pay more, on average. But all purchase amounts still get a 100% bonus. I’ve provided the final cost per point below.
- Buy 1,000 to 10,000 (Receive 2,000 to 20,000) = 0.675 cents per point
- Buy 11,000 to 23,000 (Receive 22,000 to 46,000) = 0.625 cents per point
- Buy 26,000 to 60,000 (Receive 52,000 to 120,000) = 0.575 cents per point
There are other ways to buy points at similar prices throughout the year. Some people will book a Points & Cash award night, in which you pay partly with cash and partly with points. What IHG actually does in practice is use your money to buy additional points and then book a standard award stay. If you cancel that award stay, you’ll get all points back. This approach can be used to “buy” points at a cost of 0.7 cents each. However, you’ll need to have at least some points to start.
Not every IHG award redemption will be attractive at 0.7 cents per point or even 0.575 cents per point. However, there are enough out there that it could be worthwhile to have some available. The most expensive award nights are only 60,000 points each. That means any hotel that costs more than $420 could cost less if you use the Points & Cash trick just described. If you buy points during this promotion, you shouldn’t have to pay more than $345 for an award night.
Of course, some hotels will be cheaper still if they require fewer points.
Terms & Conditions
Offer available for purchases made between 12:00 AM EST May 31 and 11:59 PM EST June 3, 2016 inclusive. Bonus points will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. Bonus points will be awarded to the recipient of the points purchase. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only purchases made online are eligible for the bonus.