IHG Rewards Club like members can use their points for merchandise such as electronics and gift cards and IHG just sent out an email offering 15% off gifts until November 30, 2016.
Using hotel loyalty programs for gifts such as speakers or book readers make very little sense unless you have more points that you can ever use for complimentary hotel stays.
You can access IHG Rewards Club’s catalog here.
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Seems that the value assigned to an IHG Rewards Club point when used for merchandise is less than one third of a cent during this sale. Amazon sells that Bose speaker for $299 while IHG Rewards Club requires 108,375 points.
It makes very little sense to use hotel loyalty program points or airline miles for merchandise. It is usually the worst redemption option out there.
Using IHG Rewards Club points for merchandise can make sense if you have no other use for them ever. You have to remember that the value of these points keep going down and you don’t earn interest on them.