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InterContinental Hotels Group is offering a flash sale this week where you can purchase purchase their points with a 100% bonus. With this bonus you must purchase at least 5,000 points and the maximum you can purchase per calendar year is 60,000 points per account. This promotion goes through end of day September 29, 2017, so if you wanted to take advantage of this offer, you’ll want to act soon. With that being said, this is a very common promotion, so if right now is not the right time to purchase points, I assume we will see this promotion again within the next few months (fingers crossed). Although sometimes they are “mystery offers” or the amount to purchase is slightly higher.
Let’s assume you are planning to purchase the maximum of 60,000 points where every 1,000 points costs $11.50. With the bonus offer you will essentially be purchasing points at .575 cents per point. This is actually a great value to purchase points, and much better then the .7 cents per point roundabout method (method where you can essentially “purchase” points at .7 cents per points by making a reservation using the “Cash & Points” option (so you must have enough points for that reservation) and if you cancel the reservation you will get the “Cash” portion back in points. The “Cash” portion of your reservation is essentially buying points at .7 cents per point. Obviously not good for those that want the cash back, but good for those that want more points).
Example of where this is a good deal
Assuming you have the 100% bonus offer, you can purchase 120,000 points for $690. This will get you 4 free nights at the Holiday Inn Resort in Aruba (right on the beach!). This property is 30,000 points a night – which means you can ultimately stay at this hotel for $172.50 a night even during peak times (for example, over Christmas/New Years).
Also, IHG also offers Point Break hotels where there is an entire list of hotels that only cost 5,000 points a night! It is a great opportunity to stay for cheap if there is a hotel on the list that you are looking to stay at. If you purchase enough points to get the 100% bonus, you’ll essentially be able to redeem for a Point Break hotel for $28.75/night, and that includes taxes!
However, like all point offers, I do not suggest purchasing speculatively. Programs can devalue and you do not want to be stuck with points that you ultimately do not need. You can purchase points here.