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IHG Buy Points up to 100% bonus to August 23

IHG Rewards Club has a bonus offer for up to 100% bonus points through August 23, 2019 when you buy at least 26,000 points for $260 at the regular price. That price point at $260 drops the rate to $5.00 per 1,000 points when you receive 56,000 points.

You can buy up to 200,000 points for $1,000 in this offer.

IHG 100% buy points

I personally use $5.00 per 1,000 points as my benchmark value when deciding whether to spend points or dollars for an IHG hotel room. In general, most IHG hotels are not a good value for points. Nearly all my IHG points redemption hotel stays are 15,000 and 20,000 points hotels where room rates are priced over $75 and $100.

For example, I stayed two nights at Holiday Inn Prague this month for 15,000 points per night when room rates were $112 per night. That offered a savings of $74 on my 2-night stay using points compared to the price of a room. Then the following week I stayed three nights at Hotel Indigo Krakow on an advance purchase rate I booked in April for $101.50 per night. Hotel Indigo Krakow is 30,000 points per night and paying cash was the better deal, plus I picked up 42,500 points with the IHG Rewards Club Accelerate promotion after one additional night at Holiday Inn Warsaw. I paid $95 at Holiday Inn Warsaw for a hotel that only cost 15,000 points. The low rate at Hoilday Inn Warsaw was $67. What made the $95 paid rate a better value is I booked a 3,000 bonus points package and paid to add breakfast for 2 persons, so we got about $28 in added value from the higher rate. Plus the stay completed all my IHG Accelerate tasks for 37,700 bonus points.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG Rewards Club Accelerate summer 2019 complete – 5 nights, $485 spent, 52,505 points earned (July 19, 2019).

I rarely buy IHG Rewards Club points. I have a large multiple six-figure account balance in points with IHG Rewards Club simply by planning 6 to 10 hotel nights each year to maximize bonus points earned from IHG periodic promotions.

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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