Mar192018

IHG Buy Points Flash sale $5 per 1,000 points

IHG Rewards Club has a flash sale offer for 100% bonus points for purchases from March 19-22, 2018. The normal price points for IHG points are $11.50 to $13.50 per 1,000 points. A 100% bonus points offer normally means the price of points drops to $5.75 to $6.75 per 1,000 points depending on the number of points purchased. The lowest rate of $5.75 per 1,000 points is for purchases of 26,000 to 60,000 points (before bonus points added).

Yet, my offer shows the price drops to $5.00 per 1,000 points when purchasing from 26,000 to 60,000 points, after adding 100% bonus points.

IHG Points $5 per 1000

$260 for 52,000 points is $5 per 1,000 points.

I can buy 120,000 points for $600.

IHG 120K points $600

You might want to check your offer. You might find a better deal than you normally expect for IHG points purchases.

Members can buy a maximum 60,000 points in a calendar year. Bonus points do not count toward the limit.

Terms

Offer available for purchases made between 12:00 AM ET March 19, 2018, and 11:59 PM ET March 22, 2018, inclusive. This is an exclusive, non-transferable offer for the intended recipient only and may not be forwarded. 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.

Price includes all applicable fees. Purchased points are not refundable and are applicable toward all IHG® Rewards Club awards. Members may purchase a maximum of 60,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 60,000 points per calendar year. Please allow 72 hours for points to post and appear in the recipient’s account. All other IHG® Rewards Club Terms and Conditions apply.

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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Comments

  1. THis offer makes me think really hard about how much I value HI points.

    I usually will only use these points when I can get a room for 10K points. A 15K room is almost always my upper limit.

    So a 10K room means I pre-pay $52 for it. Now, IME, these are rooms I can get for $60-80 (Western Europe). Is that sort of pre-pay discount worth it?

    How would you analyze it? I suspect you are comparing Eastern Europe prices. Does it pencil out as a great discount for you?

  2. @bluecat – I am not a buyer. $5 per 1,000 points is a good price compared to the standard prices for points. But this is a deal only if you have a planned use for points.

    For example, I was looking at a flight to Cali, Colombia over the weekend, primarily as a way to earn elite miles in Aegean Airlines with Avianca flights.

    InterContinental Cali is still available for 10,000 points per night through PointBreaks for stays to April 30.
    Room rates were $120 per night for a 3-night stay. Buying 52,000 points for $260 would mean $50 per night for IC Cali.

    The thing about IHG is it is always possible to buy points at anytime for $6 per 1,000 points through Points and Cash reservation that is subsequently canceled.

    I could buy 30,000 points for $180 anytime, so this current deal for 52,000 points at $260 (equivalent to 30,000 points for $150) is not compelling to me. I have over 150,000 points already.

    Now Hilton Honors deal and SPG deal that ended Friday were good value opportunities.
    I purchased 54,000 Hilton points for $300 for my travel needs over the next four months.

    In Romania I can book 10 hotel nights for 60,000 Hilton Honors points to cut my room rate by 50%. That is a more immediate trip. I plan to be back in Poland this summer where I can also find good deals with Hilton Honors points in several cities where I will save 50% on room rates.

    I was looking at a ticket to Cape Town South Africa this weekend. Great ticket price $486 round trip Oslo to Cape Town on Ethiopian. But the best deal for hotels there is Marriott Rewards. I don’t have Marriott points. Then I realized I could have purchased SPG points on Friday and transferred those points to Marriott Rewards to buy 10,000 points reward nights for $76 at a number of hotels.

    That is a deal I will keep an eye on in 2018 for a potential fall or 2019 trip to South Africa.

  3. For me the fair value of 1000 IHG pts is 4 $ or 0.4 cpp ( cent per point ),
    after the few sales last year where you can buy them for about 0.46 cpp
    Many IHG customers still value the points for 0.5 – 0.6 cpp,
    but IHG clearly devalue them in the last year , with the new 70 000 pts rewards category
    and now pointsbreack “enhancement” and less 10 000, 15 000 pts hotels.

    If i want to book a 15 000 pts hotel room , the cash price have to be more then 65 $
    to make sense to use points and this is without some promo as accelerate ( if you count the points you will receive and the cashback). If the price is less then 65$ ( for 15 000 pts hotel ) you will be better off if you pay cash. And if there is a promo that will earn you extra 10 000 pts per stay then for 15 000 hotel the price will have to be 105 $ and up to make sense for me to use the points , because with a reward night you will not earn these 10 000 pts.

  4. Ric, thanks for responding about why you would and would not go for it. (Makes sense to me to compare this $5/1Kpoints deal to the “normal” $6/1k, meaning it’s not that fantastic.) So many times, I read a post like this one and don’t know if it’s right for me or not. I like your blog because it doesn’t use hyperbole when announcing any of these deals. But I wonder if I can make a request/suggestion: consider adding your opinion at the end of the post about why you will or will not go for that particular deal. The added benefit of your analysis is really appreciated by me.

    Speaking of “me”, thanks, me, for your inputs. I agree 100% with what you added—there is often some IHG promo that you get for paid nights that make it the better choice. And one more thing I just thought of is that I often get upgraded with a cash rate and that nearly never happens with a points stay at IHG.

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