Sep192018

IHG $5 per 1,000 points sale ends Sep 20

IHG Rewards Club has a buy points 100% bonus when purchasing 5,000 points or more by Thursday September 20 at 11:59pmET. This sale is a good deal if you have an immediate need for a lot of points. You need to spend at least $260 to 52,000 points for the best rate of $5 per 1,000 points.

IHG Reward Members can buy up to 100,000 points in a calendar year. Since bonus points do not count toward the purchase limit, you can buy up to 200,000 points through this sale.

Likely no need to rush on this sale if you don’t need points right away.

IHG Rewards Club ran a buy points 100% bonus offer from July 18 to August 22 and there is also a 15% or 20% Points and Cash reward discount rate targeted promotion for some members this month that drops the price of points to $4.85 per 1,000 points.

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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. @Nadine – Account ‘activity’ resets the expiration clock 12 months for members with no elite status. Elite status members do not have points expiration.

    Buying points is account ‘activity’.

    IHG Rewards Club terms mention only two specific activities that do not extend points expiration:

    1) redemption of a free credit card night or
    2) booking a stay and then cancelling that reservation.

    Points purchase is not listed as a non-activity.

    Below is the text from IHG Member Terms and Conditions
    https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/customer-care/member-tc

    “24. Point Expiration. CLUB LEVEL MEMBERSHIP POINTS (SEE MEMBER BENEFITS, INCLUDING LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP, HERE) WILL EXPIRE IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT BECOMES INACTIVE FOR ANY PERIOD OF TWELVE (12) MONTHS OR LONGER, WHICH MEANS YOUR POINTS WILL BE REMOVED FROM YOUR ACCOUNT AND WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE FOR REDEMPTION. To maintain the Points in your membership account, you must have at least one “earn” or “redeem” transaction posted to your account every twelve (12) months. Use of the one night per year provided to IHG Rewards Club credit card holders does not constitute an “earn” or “redeem” activity to prevent Point expiration. If you redeem Points for a Stay and subsequently cancel that Stay, the redemption activity does not prevent Point expiration. Points do not expire for current Elite Members, although Points may expire twelve (12) months after an Elite Member’s account moves to Club level if there is no “earn” or “redeem” activity during those twelve (12) months.”

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