Jan192017

IHG 75% bonus points to buy by Feb 5, but there are cheaper points

IHG Rewards Club sent me a special offer to buy points with 75% bonus points through February 5, 2017. The 75% bonus reduces the price of points from $11.50 per 1,000 points to $6.57/1,000 points.

This offer is an opportunity to buy 105,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $690.

 

Set your sights on faster rewards

Dear Richard,

As one of our most valued IHG® Rewards Club members, you get the opportunity to top off your point balance with a special offer. Get set to reach all the rewards on your wish list: buy IHG® Rewards Club points now through February 5, 2017 and enjoy up to 75% bonus points.

It’s a new year, so your limit has been reset and you can purchase up to 60,000 points. With a bonus of up to 75% more on your purchase, you could be looking at 45,000 extra points in your account, in just a few clicks.

BUY POINTS NOW

The problem is the link takes me to a Points.com buy points page with no mention of the 75% bonus points offer.

IHG Point Purchase

In past offers the bonus points amount shows up in the drop down menu.

A Cheaper Way to Points

Regardless of the 75% bonus offer and a link to a page that does not show the bonus points offer, this is an offer I must refuse.

2017 is early in the year and there will almost certainly be a 100% bonus points offer sometime during the year. Then there will likely be a discount points purchase offer during the annual U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways.

Or I can simply book a Points & Cash reward stay at InterContinental Monterey The Clement for next summer when my parents will be in town.

IC Monterey Points Cash

A 2-night stay at The Clement is 80,000 points + $250.

The $250 copay buys 40,000 points. That is a rate of $6.25 per 1,000 points compared to $6.57 with the 75% bonus points offer.

But my parents changed their mind about coming to Monterey in summer. I need to cancel the InterContinental Monterey reservation.

And my IHG Rewards Club account is 40,000 points richer for $250.

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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