From now till 11.59 am on 9 June 2019 SGT, IHG Rewards Club is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points. This is the highest public sale available for IHG points.
A minimum of 7,000 points must be purchased to unlock this bonus, and you can buy a maximum of 100,000 points per year (pre-bonus). With a 100% bonus, the equivalent cost per point is 0.5 US cents each.
IHG Points do not expire so long as there is at least one activity in your account every 12 months.
What can I do with IHG Rewards Club points?
The cost of an IHG rewards night ranges from 10,000 to 70,000 points, depending on category
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As you might expect, IHG’s most aspirational properties like the InterContinental Paris are at the highest end of the spectrum at 70,000 points per night. Given that room rates here can start at upwards of US$950 a night before tax, buying points and redeeming a room represents a big saving on revenue rates.
Don’t forget that IHG runs PointBreaks promotions where the cheapest properties start at 5,000 points. That’s just US$25 a night, assuming you can find something that suits your itinerary.
What card should I use to purchase IHG Rewards Club points?
IHG Rewards Club points purchases are processed by Points.com, which means you can consider using the following cards
- 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 typically requires writing 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
Although you shouldn’t buy points speculatively, IHG Rewards Club points can come in very useful if you already have confirmed travel plans. Do a quick check of the property you’re interested in staying at, and see if buying points can help you save money off the revenue rate.