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IHG and Choice Buy Discount Points offers

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.

Clarion Collection Harte & Garter Hotel Windsor

Harte & Garter Hotel Windsor Room 402 window view

 

 

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. Do you have any information on this week’s Member Only Madness promotions? I am logged in and don’t see any mention of it on the website clicking through the email. Nothing on their social media channels either.

  2. Choice Hotels on Twitter replied to me there are currently no promotions.

    I have not received any emails from Choice about these offers that DealsWeLike.com has written about this week.

  3. I received a daily email (at the email address attached to my Choice account), beginning this week Monday, with the “MEMBERS ONLY MADNESS” deal for that day. You might want to check your spam folder? In a follow-up post, I’ll list the deals which I have received by day.

  4. “MEMBER ONLY MADNESS” email offers I received, by day:

    Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Deal#1…Save 25% on points when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 points from Nov.12-Nov.26th.

    Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018:
    Deal#2…”Receive 5,000 bonus points on a qualifying booking made by 11:59 PM MST today for a stay before December 31, 2018. Offer valid on one qualifying booking per member.” Offer only good IF you registered & booked that day!

    Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018:
    Deal#3…?? not sure, because I can’t find any email; sorry about that!!

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018:
    Deal#4…”Save up to 20% when you use points for gift cards through December 13, 2018 (while supplies last)”.

  5. @DJ – thanks for the list of offers.

    I scoured my email in searches. Nothing there.

    The only offer I was interested in was 5,000 points for booking on Tuesday.

    This Choice Privileges Platinum elite is not feeling the love from Choice Privileges.

  6. Was interested in today’s deal, until… I read the fine print 🙁

    Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Deal#5:
    “7 night resort stay. Save 80%. Plus $100 MasterCard Reward card and 10,000 bonus points”.

    Fine print: “Valid only to qualified purchasers at select participating locations. Book by Nov. 30, 2018. Stay by May 30, 2019. YOU MUST ATTEND SALES PRESENTATION/TOUR. See terms and conditions.”

  7. FWIW: I emailed Choice advising them that there might be a glitch with this marketing campaign as some members had not received any emails. Received a reply thanking me and informing me that my info was forwarded to the appropriate personnel.

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