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IHG Points & Cash CyberWeek discount points $5.10 per 1,000

Deals We Like beat me to the post I planned to write this morning about a Points & Cash opportunity to buy cheaper IHG Rewards Club points with the IHG CyberWeek offers through Friday December 2, 2016. But I have a more detailed analysis of why this is a great week to book Points & Cash Reward stays.

CyberWeek deals from IHG include several offers for room rate discounts in the Americas, $25 off InterContinental Ambassador membership, auction items, and 8 points/$1 dining.

IHG CyberWeek Sale-1

IHG CyberWeek Sale-2

Points & Cash Reward Night Strategy for Cheaper IHG points purchase than 100% bonus points offer

IHG Buy Points Cyberweek

Points purchases are the focus of this post with my analysis showing IHG Rewards Club points are cheaper to buy through Points & Cash reward nights than the offer for 100% bonus points this year on points purchases this week.

The CyberWeek special offer available through Friday, Dec 2 is a 10% discount on the cash portion for IHG Rewards Club Points & Cash rewards.

IHG Rewards Club MasterCard members get a 15% discount on the cash portion.

IHG P-C Cyberweek

Holiday Inn Express Chicago Midway Airport  Tue Jan 10, 2017

Points + Cash Reward Night = 15,000 points + $84.15

IHG P-C HIX Chicago 15K-$84.15

As an IHG Rewards Club MasterCard member, the IHG Points & Cash rate for this 30,000 points hotel is 15,000 points + $84.15.

Purchase rate = $84.15/15 = $5.61 per 1,000 points.

100% Bonus Points Rate Price Comparison

IHG members can buy points this week with a 100% bonus points when purchasing 5,000 points. Points purchases through IHG come at three different price points.

IHG Rewards Club Points Purchase Price Points

  • Buy 1,000 to 10,000 points = $13.50 per 1,000 points. 100% bonus points rate = $6.75/1,000 points.
  • 11,000 to 25,000 points = $12.50 per 1,000 points. 100% bonus points rate = $6.25/1,000 points.
  • 26,000 to 60,000 points = $11.50 per 1,000 points. 100% bonus points rate = $5.75/1,000 points.

Points & Cash Reward nights have several advantages for members who want to buy cheaper IHG points.

  • IHG MasterCard members can buy 15,000 points for $84.15 through a Points & Cash reward. Cancel the reservation and the 15,000 points are deposited directly into your account. The 100% bonus points offer rate is $94.50 to buy 14,000 points or $108.00 to buy 16,000 points. Even without an IHG MasterCard the rate is less.
  • You need to spend $299 with the 100% bonus offer to get a points purchase rate below $6.25 per 1,000 points. Any IHG Rewards Club member with 5,000 points can buy 10,000 points for $63 through Points & Cash reward nights at most hotels.
  • Not all Points & Cash copay amounts are the same for all hotels. Chicago area hotels provide a good example of copay discrepancies.

Candlewood Suites Chicago O’Hare offers Points & Cash reward nights with the purchase price for 10,000 points = $65.00. Most hotels charge $70 copay to buy 10,000 points for a Points & Cash reward. This means the rate to buy 10,000 points at Candlewood Suites ORD is $58.50 for IHG Rewards Club members and $55.25 for IHG MasterCard members. The cost to buy 10,000 points for me is reduced from $67.50 to $55.25 for 18% savings on the points purchase price.

IHG P-C Candlwood ORD

Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare has an even lower Points & Cash copay at $51 for 10,000 points.

IHG P-C CP ORD

  • Another advantage of IHG Points & Cash Rewards are points purchased with cash copay do not account toward the annual purchase limit of 60,000 points with IHG Rewards Club. The bonus points received through the 100% bonus points offer also do not count, so you can buy up to 120,000 points with the 100% bonus points offer. That is a good purchase rate for points if you have a need for lots of points. But if you have already bought 60,000 IHG points in 2016, then you can’t buy any more points in 2016 through the 100% bonus points offer this week. But you can still buy even cheaper points, as low as $5.10 per 1,000 points  through Points & Cash reward bookings by December 2.

My IHG Tour de France Cycling 2017 Hotel Stay Plan

I had already planned to buy points this week for a hotel stay I want in France next July at a Holiday Inn Express charging 15,000 points per night with current room rates running 130 EUR per night during a Tour de France stage. I expect this hotel to sell out or at least have even higher rates in July when Tour de France comes through the city.

I currently have 29,000 points and need 16,000 additional points to book a 3 night reward stay in France for next July. While writing this post I booked a 2-night Points & Cash reward stay for 20,000 points + $102 for a Chicago hotel.

I now have 9,000 points and a Points & Cash reservation in Chicago for two nights. If I cancel my Chicago Points & Cash reward stay, my account balance will be 49,000 points. I can then book the 3-night hotel reward stay I want in France.

$102 to buy 20,000 points is nearly a 25% discount on the price of points purchases compared to buying 20,000 points for $135 through the 100% bonus points offer available during IHG CyberWeek running through Friday, December 2.

Purchasing 20,000 points for $102 brought my points purchase rate down to $5.10 per 1,000 points rather than spending $299 for 52,000 points to get the $5.75 per 1,000 points rate through the 100% bonus points.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Thanks, Ric, for the points tip. Last time this came up was from Mommy Points, a few months back. I bought a bunch this time and then, also. And just think; no pictures of fancy bathrooms or links promoting 50,000 point cards, thank you very much. Hoping for some good Point Breaks for Mexico, end of January, to use these newly purchased points. Imagine getting the Intercontinental, $219/nt, for $25.50. Well, I can dream, can’t I?

  2. In 2013 there was a glitch for a day as IHG shifted from brand level reward nights to category reward nights. Many hotels came up at 15,000 points. I stayed a week at InterContinental Hotels in Toronto and a few nights at Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills on those low rates.

    Crowne Plaza is most upscale brand that has coincided with PointBreaks and my hotel needs.

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