IHG Mystery Bonus Purchase Points Offer

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InterContinental Hotels Group is offering a bonus when purchasing points through April 21, 2014. This is a targeted offer giving you 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% bonus when purchasing points. Depending on the offer you receive, this could be a good or bad deal!

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So let’s assume you are planning to purchase within the 26,000-60,000 point range where every 1,000 points costs $11.50. With the bonus offer you will essentially be purchasing points at the following rate:

  • 25% bonus = .92 cents per point
  • 50% bonus = .77 cents per point
  • 75% bonus = .66 cents per point
  • 100% bonus = .58 cents per point

This promotion is only potentially worthwhile at the 75% and 100% bonus mark. Since you can purchase points at .7 cents a piece through a roundabout method at long as you have at least 5,000 points in your account, there is no real reason to purchase points at a higher rate. You can purchase points here.

To see if it is worthwhile for a particular hotel, you’ll have to see the number of points it requires and the lowest rate.

I was personally targeted for the 50% promotion so I will definitely be sitting this one out. Was anyone targeted for the 75% or 100% bonus promotion and will you be taking advantage?

Thanks to Frequent Flyer Bonuses for letting me know of this promotion!

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  1. I got the 100% as well, I’m an IHG Platinum Ambassador as well and wonder how they’re targeting. Same question as Michael above, is it worth investing in this with 100% and also how many times can one buy? Can I do multiple transactions or is there a cap for the amount of points one can buy per year at IHG?

  2. I have been targeted for the 100% promo but don’t have a redemption in mind. Does it still make sense to buy points? On the other hand I am taking part in the big win which is worth 90K points and doing mattress runs for 6 nights costing upto 600$. CPM is about .06 for that.

  3. I got the 100 (plat. ambassador, but through cc and points purchase). If I could find availability at either of the Intercons in London, either in Paris or the one in Amsterdam, I feel like it would be a great deal. Average-ish prices for these hotels are regularly +€400/night, and for 40k points, you could potentially get €1600 in value out of those 120k points.

    I’m going to do a quick search to see if I can churn up any options. Also about to complete the big win (75k) which would, all in, leave me with 325k points. Seems like a little bit of overkill actually……..

  4. I got 100% IHG Platium Ambassador. I am probably going to buy it given that I have only 7K points left in my account (used 250K pts for 5 nights for my upcoming stay at IC Westminister!) and probably will be buying even more later on (5/19?) when the Daily Getaway deals come out. I am glad that buying the IHG pts aren’t as competitive as buying the Hyatt!

  5. If you are redeeming at the IC Legrand in Paris and figure two nights at 100K for $540 ($690 – 20K points at $140 is $550) — that is a nice redemption as the rooms go for 500 euros a night. So maybe I will do it.

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