Now through December 23 you can get a 100% bonus on purchased IHG points. These points are good at all brands of the Intercontinental Hotel Group which includes: Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hualuxe, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Even Hotels and Candlewood Suites.
The pricing structure is staggered so that the more points you buy, the cheaper they are per point:
1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 base points (.675 cents per point)
11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 base points (.625 cents per point)
26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 base points (.575 cents per point)
Note that the 1000 points above are the base points. So for $13.50 you’d actually get 2000 points when the bonus is included.
You may purchase a max of 120,000 points per year and receive a max of 120,000 points per year. So this can be half of your annual total.
But is it a good deal? As always, let’s check The Points Guy and One Mile At A Time for their current valuations. Brian (TPG) values them at 0.7 cents apiece while Ben (OMAAT) values them at 0.5 cents apiece. Here we see the points fall right in the middle of this range, so it’s not a bad deal, especially if you need to top off your account for you next award.
Note that these purchases are processed by points.com so that if you were to use your IHG credit card for the purchase, it would not count as hotel spend.