IHG Rewards Club Promotion: Buy Points & Get 100% Bonus

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IHG Rewards Club has a new buy points promotion for all elite members (Gold, Platinum, Ambassador & Royal Ambassador) for 100% purchase bonus for all points purchases between now and August 26, 2013.

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The maximum number of points that you can buy under this offer is the yearly maximum of 60,000 points and you will get another 60,000 bonus for total of 120,00 points. You can access this offer on IHG’s website here.  (The link to IHG’s website has been fixed.)

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The price of the 120K IHG Rewards Club points would be $690. The price of a point under this offer is 0.575 cents each or $0.00575.

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Does it make sense to buy?

If you can use these for Point Breaks stays or if you have stays coming up at the most expensive hotels that are 50K points per night, the answer is likely yes.

Conclusion

The price of a point under this offer is about the same as with the recent Daily Getaways sale that was restricted to US billing addresses only. This sale is IHG Rewards Club (handled by Points.com) and available for members worldwide.

I do earn enough IHG Rewards Club points from my stays, so I don’t have personal need to buy more points. This is, however, good offer to buy points IF you can use them wisely.

Remember that you can always buy IHG Rewards Club points at 0.7 cents each by doing Points & Money reservation and later canceling it.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Price includes all applicable fees. Purchased Points are not refundable and are applicable toward all IHG® Rewards Club awards. Members may purchase a maximum of 60,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 60,000 points per year. Please allow 24-48 hours for points to post to appear in the recipient’s account. All other IHG® Rewards Club Terms and Conditions apply.

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  • FBG

    These points do NOT count towards status under the new rules, correct?

    • Henrik Johansson

      That’s correct, thy don’t.

  • Nathan

    Is there any chance this would code as an IHG purchase for 5x with the IHG credit card?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Points.com handles these points sales for IHG. The charge will not come through from IHG.

  • Nacho

    Doesn’t work on my Plat account :(

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      This offer came to all our family members accounts.

      • Henrik Johansson

        I received it and some other people I know here in Sweden as well received it. Maybe it was targeted towards Europe only?

  • Juergen Munich

    doesnt work at my gold account as well no double points are listed bevore doing the payment, another link for that promo ?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Have you purchased points this year? This offer came to all family accounts.

  • Manuel Gonzalez

    Hello,

    I am a platinum ambassador and I do not see this offer. Is this targeted to some other countries?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Seems that IHG is using some targeting but difficult to figure out exactly what.

  • Patrick

    Likewise. Platinum ambassador- link doesn’t show bonus points

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      If it doesn’t show the bonus after you have plugged in your account info. you are not eligible for the bonus points.

  • Jennifer Rice

    I am a Platinum member in Canada and I received the offer yesterday.

  • Phil

    It doesn’t make much sense to buy points when they don’t count towards platinum status. It probably explains why they have sweetened the pot so much…I am guessing members are not buying points after the rule change in January.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      They had 100% bonus last year as well during July.

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  • AZ Dubai

    I’m a Platinum Ambassador, I received the email and was able to purchase with the offer. However, I purchased them 2 days ago, today I received the basic number of points, waiting for the extra ones now..

    • Windsurf

      Did you get the bonus points yet? How long did it take from receiving the base points?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      These should all post at the same time. The terms and conditions state that it may take up to 48 hours.

  • Windsurf

    I also purchased points – which have appeared in my account, but not the bonus points yet. I want to use them this weekend! The bonus points were listed in all purchase receipts from points.com and IHG.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Call IHG. They should have all posted at the same time.

  • alesw

    I tried to buy 60.000 points (using at IC in Europe could be a bargain) but in the Step2 window it appears to me only “The total cost to buy 60,000 is $690.00 USD” without any wor about the bonus as stated on the Step2 screenshot posted above? Do I get the bonus or not (I/m living in Italy, Plat Amb)?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      If you don’t see the 100% bonus, as on the screenshots above, the bonus doesn’t apply for your account.

      • AlesW

        Thank you John. I see the bonus only on first screenshot (step One), not on the second. So it Is better to buy points at 0.7 with points & cash reservations.