Get 100% bonus on IHG points purchases until December 29, 2022

IHG One is back with a new promotion offering a 100% bonus on  IHG One Rewards points purchased through Thursday, December 29, 2022. In this round of points sale, you get your bonus straight up as long as you buy a minimum of 5,000 points. Points can be purchased in multiples of 1,000 IHG Rewards points, so you can purchase a maximum of 250,000 points can be purchased (with another 250,000 points coming in as a bonus).

IHG Bonus Points

IHG Rewards has over 100 million members and over 6,000 hotels in over 100 countries. The group currently has close to 30 hotels in India which are mostly mid-scale, though there is a reasonable footprint across Asia and the rest of the world.

For instance, if I buy the maximum allowable 2,50,000 IHG Rewards Club points, I will earn a total of 5,00,000 points for 2,500 US Dollars. That drops the price of each IHG point to 0.5 US cents or INR 0.41. 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.

IHG Bonus Points

IHG does have some aspirational properties in their portfolio and some hotels where you could gain value from redemptions, such as the Intercontinental ANA, Tokyo.  A room night here in the Cherry Blossom season is priced at USD 500 a night. However, if you choose to redeem points, then a night’s stay will only cost you about USD 245 for 49,000 Rewards Club points. That reduces the cost of each night’s stay by 53%.

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

IHG has recently propped up their IHG One Rewards programme for the benefit of customers, so I do see value in going back to them. For instance, Diamond members can get free breakfast at hotels across the system. A 100% bonus is a good bonus to buy the points if you intend to stay somewhere this winter and struggling with the high $$ prices across the board. With the points purchased and redemption, you will usually come out ahead, although do your maths.

Bottomline

Like always, I believe that buying points without having redemption in mind is not a good idea. But travel is picking up again, and rates are strong at the moment in terms of cash prices. If you are planning a break, then it may be a good idea to top up your account now.

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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Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

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Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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.?

  3. 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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