The Cheapest Way to Buy IHG Hotel Points!

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The Cheapest Way to Buy IHG Hotel Points!

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Via Deals We Like, you can get up to a 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points through September 22, 2014.

You Can Get Big Travel With Small Money When You Buy IHG Points at a 100% Bonus

You can buy up to 60,000 IHG points through this deal.  But you have to buy them online (not over the phone) to get the bonus.

Should You Buy Points?

Link:   IHG up to 100% Bonus Points Promotion 

You’ll Get a 100% Bonus When You Buy 50,000 to 60,000 IHG Points

IHG normally sells points for ~1.2 to ~1.4 cents per point, in 1,000 IHG point increments.  So you could buy IHG points for:

  • 1,000 to 10,000 IHG points: $13.50 per 1,000 points (1.35 cents each)
  • 11,000 to 25,000 IHG points: $12.50 per 1,000 points (1.25 cents each)
  • 26,000 to 60,000 IHG points: $11.50 per 1,000 points (1.15 cents each)

But you are actually paying much less because of the 50% to 100% bonus!

50% Bonus When You Buy up to 49,000 IHG Points

You get a 50% bonus on IHG points when you buy 1,000 to 49,000 IHG points.  If you buy 10,000 IHG points, you’ll pay $135, but you get a 5,000 IHG point bonus (10,000 IHG points x 50%).

So you’re getting 15,000 IHG points (10,000 IHG points + 5,000 bonus IHG points) for $135.  Which means you’re paying 0.9 cents per point ($135 / 15,000 IHG points).

You Can Buy 10,500 IHG Points for $135, or 0.9 Cents per Point

Buy Between 50,000 to 60,000 IHG Points for a 100% Bonus

But you can get a 100% bonus if you buy between 50,000 and 60,000 IHG points.  And your cost per IHG point is less!

You can buy the maximum amount of IHG points (60,000 IHG points) for $690, and get a 60,000 IHG point bonus (60,000 IHG points x 100%).

So you’re getting 120,000 points for $690, or ~0.58 cents per point ($690 / 120,000 IHG points).

You Pay ~.58 Cents per Point If You Buy 60,000 IHG Points

Getting Big Travel for Small Money

This is a great deal if you are short IHG points for a trip.  Or if you want to get Big Travel for Small Money at IHG hotels like the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Hotel, like Emily and I did on our 2nd Honeymoon to Bora Bora.

Relax in Paradise for Less at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Hotel in Bora Bora

For example, 2 nights at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Hotel on March 7, 2015, to March 9, 2015, costs ~$1,803 or 100,000 IHG points.

Buying 120,000 IHG points for $690 saves you ~$1,113!

You’d Save ~$1,113 by Buying 120,000 IHG Points (or 2 Nights) for $690 at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Hotel in Bora Bora

And depending on what offer you received for the Into the Nights promotion, it might be cheaper (and easier) to buy IHG points than doing mattress runs to complete your tasks.  Sometimes you can buy IHG points cheaper.

Sweeten the Deal With IHG PointBreaks

When you use IHG points on IHG PointBreaks rooms, which cost 5,000 IHG points per night, you get a very good deal.  At ~0.58 cents per point, a PointBreaks room only costs ~$29 per night (5,000 IHG points x ~0.58 cents per point).

You have to buy 60,000 IHG points to buy points at ~0.58 cents per point.  So you could use some IHG points for a PointBreaks room and save the rest for another trip.

You Could Stay at the Crowne Plaza Resort Sahara Sands Port Ghalib Resort in Eqypt for $29 a Night!

But buying IHG points does NOT count as a travel purchase because IHG points purchases are processed through  So you do NOT get extra points using your IHG Rewards Club,  Chase Sapphire Preferred, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, or 2.1% back for travel purchases with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard.

If you decide to buy IHG points, I’d recommend you use whichever card you need to meet minimum spending requirements on.

When Is the Cash and Points Trick Better?

Link:   IHG Cash and Points Trick

If you’re not buying the maximum amount of IHG points, you can buy IHG points for less cash that with this offer.  With the IHG cash and points trick you pay for a reservation with cash and IHG points, then cancel it and get the cash portion back as IHG points.

Using the Cash and Points trick, you can “buy” IHG points for 0.7 cents per point.

Some folks aren’t comfortable using this loophole to buy discounted IHG points, so buying points through the promotion would be a better deal for them.

You should always do what’s comfortable for you!

Bottom Line

You can get up to a 100% bonus when you buy IHG points online through September 22, 2014.

You can buy up to 60,000 IHG points.  You’ll pay ~0.58 to 0.9 cents per point, depending on how many IHG points you buy.

This is a good deal if you need points to top-off your account, or want to book a PointBreaks room for only 5,000 points per night.


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Be careful about doing the points and cash and then canceling it to get the points. If it’s done often on an account it may be caught by IHGs fraud department and your account will be cancelled and all points voided. I am a former employee and saw this happen to a guest who did this for a few years (also finding points breaks and then talking hotels into extending his stay). Of course this particular guest felt something was owed to him and called to complain which is how he was caught.

I did it!!!!!! 240k points in my account, thanks a lot to this blog and the people who comments.

Million Mile Secrets

@Wendy – Apologies for missing your comment. Award availability changes every day. And it also varies based on your length of stay. I’d suggest looking for rooms 1 day at a time and booking them as they come available. So instead of searching for, say, 6 days at a time, search for 1 day at a time and book the room individually. Also, if the hotel is sold out, you may not get the option to use points. But I’d check every day since award availability keeps on changing.

I tried to buy these points, but was declined because I had purchased them earlier this year.

It was impossible to me call to 1 888 211 9864, I did it via google voice, maybe its not a free number. Anyway I did the buy again, in hours I will get my points or the deny to the buy, for instance the money was debit from my credit card. I have hope.jeje. thanks I will report the result. Sorry again about my English.

If your dates aren’t available at the Thalasso, couldn’t you theoretically buy the 200 dollar upgrade to Ambassador and book at the Moana and get upgraded to an overwater bungalow?

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