IHG is currently running a points sale where members will be able to get up to a 100% bonus on all purchased points. This new sale from IHG Rewards Club will run from now until 11:59 am 23 March 2019 Singapore Time.
Check your IHG Rewards Club account to view your targeted bonus
In this points sale, the bonus that each IHG Rewards Club member will receive is unique to their account. My IHG Rewards Club account got targeted for a 100% bonus on all purchased points. So be sure to check your IHG Rewards Club account to view your bonus.
You are allowed to purchase 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points per calendar year pre-bonus on your account. To unlock the 100% bonus, you will need to purchase 7,000 IHG Rewards Club points or more.
Purchasing IHG Rewards Club points at a 100% bonus will lead to a cost per point of US 0.5 cents per point which is the lowest publicly available rate you can purchase IHG Rewards Club points for.
Should I be buying IHG Rewards Club points?
If your account had been targeted with a 100% bonus, I would most definitely consider purchasing IHG Rewards Club points. Especially so with the ongoing PointBreaks promotion where if you put your purchased points in redeeming a PointBreaks hotel, you can possibly get a night for as low as USD25 per night at some properties.
Purchasing IHG Rewards Club points is a great way to experience properties you would not have normally paid cash for. Take for instance the InterContinental London Park Lane, a paid night goes for about USD600 after taxes which is frankly not a price I’d normally pay. While a night on points goes for 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night. If you had purchased points at a 100% bonus, you are only paying an effective rate of USD350 which is much more palatable, that is about 40% cheaper than paying the cash rate.
What’s more, rooms booked using IHG Rewards Club points enjoy more flexibility as they can be canceled at up to 24 hours before arrival at no charge as compared to the Advance Saver rate which is generally a non-refundable rate. However, cancelation policies of rooms booked with IHG Rewards Club points might vary from hotel to hotel so it’s best that you check the cancelation policies before making your points booking.
If your IHG Rewards Club account has been targeted with a 100% bonus, I would most certainly recommend purchasing points if you have a use for them. If you are unsure of which cards to use to maximize your points returns from purchasing IHG Rewards Club points, you can refer to the list below. IHG Rewards Club points purchases are processed by points.com in USD.
- UOB Visa Signature- 4.0 mpd, min S$1K max S$2K of foreign currency spending in a statement period
- Citibank Rewards Visa or Citibank Rewards Mastercard– 4.0 mpd, max S$1K a month
- DBS Woman’s World Card- 4.0 mpd, but requires that you write in to DBS to get the bonus 7X credited (3X, or 1.2 mpd will be awarded as base points)
- BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard- 3.0 mpd, no cap
- Standard Chartered Visa Infinite– 3.0 mpd, minimum S$2K spending in a statement period
(Cover Photo: InterContinental Bora Bora)
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