Get 100% Bonus when Purchasing IHG Rewards Points + Purchase Limit Increased to 500,000 Points

Intercontinal Paris Opera

You can currently buy IHG Rewards Points with a 100% bonus! You will receive those extra points once you buy at least 11,000 points (meaning that you’d get 22,000 points). Furthermore, IHG has increased the maximum number of points that can be purchased from 150,000 to 250,000. Including the bonus, that means that you could buy 500,000 points!

The purchase of otherwise very expensive hotel stays, e.g. in New York, London, etc. can be very lucrative. Sadly, however, IHG has switched to dynamic pricing recently, meaning that some hotels now cost more than before.

Buy Points With an 100% Bonus

Until July 15, 2022 06:59 CEST, if you buy at least 11,000 points (before bonus), you’ll get twice as many points credited. That would bring the price per 1,000 points down to roughly US$5 (~€5).

The exact price depends on the number of points that you purchase. The following prices are for the total number of miles, including the bonus:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points: No bonus, US$13.50 (~€14.13)/1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 500,000 points: US$5.00 (~€5.23)/1,000 points
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The promotion might be targeted. It was pointed out in the comments that for some members, the 100% starts at 15,000 points.

The maximum that you can currently buy is 500,000 points for US$2,500 (~€2,617).

Redeem Points Effectively

IHG Rewards Points can be redeemed starting from 10,000 points in one of the 4,700 hotels and resorts of the InterContinental Group.

Sadly, however, IHG introduced Dynamic Pricing in 2020, meaning that the price in points is based on the actual price of a room. This makes it quite tough to find good deals. However, booking with points has one big upside: Reward nights are refundable. So while you wouldn’t be saving much compared to the cheapest available rate, you would, indeed, save money compared to the flexible rate.

Here are some examples of hotels where you can save money by paying with points:

Save 50% at the Grand Hotel Vienna

IHG is about to open the Grand Hotel Vienna. While it is charging roughly €350 for a refundable rate, they’ve kept the points price quite low at 30,000 points. If you buy these points with the current promotion, you’d be paying US$173 (~€181), thus saving roughly 50%!

Save Roughly €100 at the InterContinental in Paris

The InterContinental: Paris – Le Grand, directly in front of Paris’ Opera Garnier is known to be one of the best InterContinental hotels in Europe, maybe even worldwide. Staying there, however, comes at a high price, as the hotel usually charges around €470. The current point price, though, lies at 77,000 points, which would only cost you US$385 (~€403).

Save over €60 in Detroit

Detroit doesn’t really have many hotels, so the prices are therefore generally rather high. The Indigo in Detroit’s downtown generally charges roughly US$260 (~€272). If, however, you purchase 34,000 points, you’d only be paying US$196 (~€205).

Hint

IHG Reward Points do not expire as long as you have one activity per 12 months: A special feature of IHG Rewards is that the points never expire! You only have to collect or redeem at least one point every 12 months. This makes it much easier to deal with a large stash of points without having to worry about expiry dates.

Bottom Line

Booking hotels with points bought used to be a good measure in many cities to keep the price of hotel stays within limits, e.g. during trade fairs or other large events that tend to drive up rates. Now, because of the dynamic pricing, that advantage has faded away. Currently, the upside of booking with points is that those bookings can be cancelled.

However, you should never buy miles or points without a redemption plan. These sales take place regularly and at the same time, the points can be devalued at any time by the program e.g. if a new more expensive hotel category is introduced again.

Source: OMAAT

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  1. Pierre says:

    my personal bonus starts at 15.000 points (+15.000 on top)

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