IHG Rewards Club and Choice Privileges both have buy discount points promotions this month. IHG Rewards Club 100% bonus points through November 30 is a great price.
Choice Privileges 25% off points purchase through November 26 is primarily useful if you don’t have any points and need to kickstart your account balance or you have an immediate redemption in mind.
IHG Rewards Club 100% Bonus points = $5.00 per 1,000 points (at $260 purchase).
Normal purchase rate = $10.00 – $13.50 per 1,000 points.
Sale ends Nov 30, 2018.
Member can buy up to 200,000 points.
The lowest rate requires a $260 investment for 52,000 points.
- $67.50 = 10,000 points = $6.75 per 1,000 points
- $126.50 = 22,000 points = $5.75 per 1,000 points
- $260 = 52,000 points = $5.00 per 1,000 points
IHG Rewards Club points can be a great investment with a new batch of PointBreaks hotels for December-January stays likely to be announced before the end of the month. So far I have struck out this year with PointBreaks, even though I booked nearly 20 PointBreaks nights in 2018 for several European cities including London, Amsterdam, Kiev, and Bucharest. Every PointsBreak list has posted before I had airplane tickets and I was unable to make it to any of the cities for my reservations.
Choice Privileges 25% off Points Purchase = $8.25 per 1,000 points (starting at $41.25 purchase).
Normal purchase rate = $11.00 per 1,000 points.
Sale ends November 26.
Member can buy up to 50,000 points.
Choice Privileges has offered several points purchase discount promotions in 2018. The best I saw was in September when Choice Privileges offered 40% bonus points, dropping the price to $7.86 per 1,000 points. The advantage of the bonus points offer to the current 25% discount, besides a lower price, was the ability to buy 70,000 points.
I prefer bonus points offers to purchase discounts because bonus points promotions allow a member to buy more points than the annual limit of 50,000 points.
Bottom Line on Choice Privileges – there are many hotels where buying Choice Privileges points for $8.25 per 1,000 will be a significant discount to the published room rate with reward nights.
This may also be the last opportunity to buy points at a discount in 2018. You can buy up to 50,000 points. The 50,000 points purchase annual limit resets on January 1. This means you can buy up to 50,000 points points now in 2018 and then up to 50,000 points again in January 2019 if there is another discount offer.
Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash
There is always the option to acquire Choice Privileges points at a lower rate of $7.50 per 1,000 points, if you have at least 6,000 Choice Privileges points necessary to book a Choice Privileges PointsPlusCash reward stay.
For example, book a 30,000 points hotel reward night using 6,000 points + $180 to buy 24,000 points. If you cancel the reward night, the 24,000 points purchased for $180 go back into your account and you bought points for $7.50 per 1,000 points.
I am a huge fan of Choice Privileges points. This has been my most used program in 2018 with over 20 reward nights booked and approaching about $2,000 saved on the cost of room nights for hotels in Atlanta, Ceske Budejovice, Pacific Grove, Prague, Vienna and Windsor, UK. Most of my reward nights were upgraded rooms, even including several nights in suites.