Last 2 Days: Get up to 100% bonus on IHG points purchases

IHG One is back with its points purchase promotion for 2024, offering an up to 100% bonus on  IHG One Rewards points purchased through Sunday, July 14, 2024. In this round of points sale, you get your bonus straight up as long as you buy at least 5,000 points. Points can be purchased in multiples of 1,000 IHG Rewards points, and you can buy a maximum of 250,000 points in this promotion with an enhanced limit (with another 250,000 points coming in as a bonus). The promotional bonuses range from 60-100% in this round of the promotion. a pool with a deck and chairs in front of a sunset

IHG Rewards has over 100 million members and over 6,000 hotels in over 100 countries. The group currently has close to 50 hotels in India, mostly boutique or mid-scale, though there is a reasonable footprint across Asia and the rest of the world.

For instance, if you buy the maximum allowable 1,50,000 IHG One Rewards points and targetted for a 100% bonus, you will earn 300,000 points for 1,500 US Dollars. However, if you bought the maximum allowable 1,50,000 IHG One Rewards points and targetted for a 60% bonus, you will earn 240,000 points for 1,500 US Dollars. That drops the price of each IHG point to 0.625 US cents or INR 0.52.

You can either choose to buy the points yourself or gift them. It will take up to 3 days for the points credit to reflect in your account.

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IHG has some aspirational properties in its portfolio and some hotels where you could gain value from redemptions, such as the Intercontinental ANA, Tokyo.  A room night in the Cherry Blossom season was priced at USD 500. However, if you choose to redeem points, a night’s stay will only cost you about USD 245 for 49,000 One Rewards points. That reduces the cost of each night’s stay by 51%.

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Here are a few IHG of the recent hotels we have stayed at:

IHG has recently propped up their IHG One Rewards programme for customers’ benefit, so I see value in returning to them. For instance, Diamond members can get complimentary breakfast at hotels across the system. A 100% bonus is a good bonus to buy the points if you intend to stay somewhere this summer and are struggling with the high prices. With the points purchased and redemption, you will usually come out ahead, although do your maths with respect to the hotel/resort you are targeting.

Which credit card should you buy IHG One Rewards Points with?

Typically, these point purchases are processed through and not directly by the hotel or airline. However, you will almost always pay in USD/EUR/GBP, not INR. So, the best cards to earn a bonus are Citi Prestige, Axis Reserve or American Express Platinum Charge Card, as these cards offer an international spending bonus. Beyond these, look at any card that provides a reduced foreign exchange spend conversion or one where you want to meet minimum spend requirements.


Like always, buying points without redemption in mind is not a good idea. But travel is picking up again, and cash rates are currently strong. If you are planning a break, it may be a good idea to top up your account now. IHG is offering between 60% to 100% bonus through July 14, 2024.

Are you buying IHG bonus points during this purchase promotion? We’d love to hear how you plan to use them.

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  1. Thanks for the deal alert, Ajay!

    Was able to book a 4 night stay at the Intercontinental Singapore in May using reward nights.

    The best cash tariff was ~$2k for the stay, but was able to book the same stay using 196k reward points (98k purchased + 98k bonus). Spent $980 our of pocket to purchase the points, saved more than 50% vs. the cash tariff!

    Thanks again for all the great work that you and the LFAL team do!

  2. Thank you Ajay & LFAL!

    Have a trip to DELHI next week. Hotels at aero city were costing ₹10,000+ Per night.
    Have IHG PLATINUM Elite & around 4000 IHG points balance.
    Holiday inn at aero city was costing ₹20,000 + taxes for 2 nights or 25000 IHG points for 2 nights.
    With this 100% bonus purchased 22,000 (11,000+11,000) IHG points for ~120$ (~ ₹9,000) and booked it. (50%+ saved on room)
    and today IHG rolled out instant diamond status for all (have to register it) so upgraded from Platinum to Diamond. Double dipped and breakfast + Room upgrade!

    Now looking forward for the stay!
    As always thank you LFAL & AJAY for getting me me into the points world

    – A LFAL follower since 2016

  3. Hi Ajay

    Wanted to know if we can do multiple transactions during the offer period or does it have to be in one go ?
    Moreover, where can we see the list of hotels where we can redeem these points.?

  4. Hey Ajay, just wanted to know can we redeem the points at six senses fort Jaipur or at the properties under MR & MRS smith group a subsidiary of IHG cause if we can then that’s a good steal . Thanks

    • Not possible to redeem at all six senses property but they are slowly adding more to the list.

    • @Vibha, IHG have extended points expiry until December 31, 2022, for Club members (points normally expire after 12 months of inactivity)

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