Posted by Ric Garrido

This is the second year where IHG points did not sell out in the Daily Getaways offer today. I suspected this would happen after last year’s IHG points did not sell out either. And next week there is another day of IHG points on U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways. That is still about $300 for a 50,000 points category 9 award night. Or $30 per night for a PointBreaks award night. Those are cheap nights for PointBreaks hotels and 50,000 points will buy 10 nights.

The new list of PointBreaks award nights through July 31, 2014 will post Tuesday, May 27.

I stayed in a PointBreaks hotel last weekend at Holiday Inn Express South Stockton-Lathrop on my way to the Sierra Gold Country in California. I thought of it as a $31.50 hotel room based on points I have bought through Points & Money cancelled awards at $35 per 5,000 points. As IHG Rewards Club Platinum I got 500 points back as an amenity for the stay.

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IHG Rewards Club 15,000 points = $100 at $6.67 per 1,000 points.

  • $90 with American Express payment at $6.00 per 1,000 points.
  • Maximum purchase is 5 sets of points for 75,000 points.

IHG-Points-25

IHG Rewards Club 25,000 points = $167 at $6.68 per 1,000 points.

  • $150.30 with American Express payment at $6.01 per 1,000 points..
  • Maximum purchase is 4 sets of points for 100,000 points.

IHG-Points-50

IHG Rewards Club 50,000 points = $325 at $6.50 per 1,000 points.

  • $292.50 with American Express payment at $5.85 per 1,000 points.
  • Maximum purchase is 4 sets of points for 200,000 points.

IHG-Points-100

IHG Rewards Club 100,000 points = $630 at $6.30 per 1,000 points.

  • $567.00 with American Express payment at $5.67 per 1,000 points.
  • Maximum purchase is 3 sets of points for 300,000 points.

An IHG Rewards Club member could possibly buy 675,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $3,922.20.

The best offer is 100,000 points for $567 for a 19% discount on the price to buy points with IHG Points & Money cancelled award nights for $700 to buy 100,000 points.

I have no doubt that I could find well over $600 in redemption value with 100,000 points. I just hate to tie up $567 on points with no immediate plan for their use. I think 50,000 points is a good hedge at $300 for my award needs this next year. And I can always pick up more points at $70 per 10,000 points if I need more, as long as IHG Rewards Club lets the Points & Money award cancellation option remain a discount points purchase opportunity.

 

 

6 Responses

  1. Ric, this program is very inferior in comparison to the other major players: Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, etc. On award nights, you get the basic room and regardless of your status you won’t get club access nor breakfast. Very stingy with artificial benefits of internet access and late checkout (based on availability).

  2. I wouldn’t buy the points without explicit plans, because of the cash&points option…
    But I dont get it, why people keep harping about the IHG program being stingy? Have you had status with IHG or are you just going by the written rules?
    I have been IHG Platinum for years, and had status in Marriott, Hilton, SPG and have gotten some of my best upgrades and amenities with them, on paid and free nights. Yes, its not in the rules, but I have gotten some treat almost every time – while SPG will “upgrade” you to the same room on the SPG floor, IHG has upgraded me in 90+% of stays, have offered free drinks, free breakfast, free parking or lounge access….
    IHG Platinum plus a friendly smile makes for very good experiences!

  3. @FYD – Like you, I find IHG Rewards Club to be just fine for upgrades as Platinum member. I get upgraded on most of my stays, not to one bedroom suites, but higher floor, room with view, junior suites.

    I was upgraded last week on a PointBreaks stay at a Holiday Inn Express.

    The InterContinental Royal Ambassador types are the big complainers. I never had that status. IHG Rewards Club is just fine for Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza award stays.

    Comment by Ric Garrido on May 27th, 2014 at 5:30 am
  4. I, too, was at the Lathrop HIE last week, and found it to be a nice experience. Hadn’t been in that area before, just there to get in some Point Breaks time. Got up too late for their breakfast, so I can’t comment there, but we did eat at a nearby taqueria, La Hacienda, which was everything one could ask for; very good food, friendly service, CHEAP.

    Comment by The Masked Poster on May 27th, 2014 at 5:32 am
  5. Not really worth it to me. Basically I’m buying points at a rack or normal night cost basis. Sure there are some exceptions but for most high end properties 50k is the norm and $300 is about the cost. I love IHG but I won’t buy at this rate unless I have a specific need.

    Comment by DaninSTL on May 27th, 2014 at 6:50 am
  6. When you can manufacture IHG at 0.2cpp, why pay 0.57cpp, let alone 0.7? I don’t get it.

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