IHG One Rewards: 100% Bonus When Purchasing Points (And Where to Spend Them)

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You can currently buy IHG Rewards Points with a 100% bonus! You will receive those extra points once you buy at least 11,000 points (meaning that you’d get 22,000 points). The promotion runs until February 2, 2024 06:59 CET.

The best price can be achieved by purchasing at least 52,000 points (after calculating the bonus). You then effectively pay €4.67 per 1000 points. It’s not always worth it, but it can mean significant savings.

We’ll also show you some examples of where you can spend the points effectively, saving up to almost 50% on hotel stays.

The purchase of otherwise very expensive hotel stays, e.g. in New York, London, etc. can be very lucrative. Sadly, however, IHG has switched to dynamic pricing recently, meaning that some hotels now cost more than before.

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Just like previous promotions, this one may also be targeted. Some of our editors were offered the best rate starting at 26,000, and others at 30,000 points. The status did not matter.

Buy Points With a 100% Bonus

Until February 2, 2024 06:59 CET, buying at least 11,000 points (before bonus) you’ll get twice as many points credited. That would bring the price per 1,000 points down to US$5 (~€5) if you purchase at least 26,000 points.

The exact price depends on the number of points that you purchase. The following prices are for the total number of points, including the bonus:

  • 1,000 to 10,000 points: €12.61 per 1,000 points
  • 22,000 to 50,000 points: €5.37 per 1,000 points
  • 52,000 to 300,000 points: €4.67 per 1,000 points

The maximum that you can currently buy is 300,000 points (150,000 + 150,000 bonus). However, all points purchased from earlier sales this year will be deducted from that total.

Redeem Points Effectively

IHG Rewards Points can be redeemed starting from 10,000 points in one of the 6,000 hotels and resorts of the InterContinental Group.

Sadly, however, IHG introduced Dynamic Pricing in 2020, meaning that the price in points is based on the actual price of a room. This makes it quite tough to find good deals. However, booking with points has one big upside: Reward nights are refundable.

Here are some examples of hotels where you can save money by paying with points (compared to the cheapest, non-flexible rate):

  • 47% savings at Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
    • Regular rate: US$395 (~€369)
    • Reward night: 42,000 points (= US$210 (~€196))
    • Example date: April 18, 2024
  • 47% savings at InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
    • Regular rate: US$310 (~€290)
    • Reward night: 33,000 points (= US$165 (~€154))
    • Example date: September 8, 2024
  • 41% savings at InterContinental Miami
    • Regular rate: US$358 (~€334)
    • Reward night: 42,000 points (= US$210 (~€196))
    • Example date: July 6, 2024
  • 40% savings at InterContinental Dhaka
    • Regular rate: US$207 (~€193)
    • Reward night: 25,000 points (= US$125 (~€117))
    • Example date: April 18, 2024
  • 37% savings at Holiday Inn Prague
    • Regular rate: US$245 (~€229)
    • Reward night: 31,000 points (= US$155 (~€145))
    • Example date: July 6, 2024
  • 37% savings at Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town
    • Regular rate: US$229 (~€214)
    • Reward night: 29,000 points (= US$145 (~€135))
    • Example date: October 20, 2024
  • 37% savings at Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention
    • Regular rate: US$432 (~€403)
    • Reward night: 54,000 points (= US$270 (~€252))
    • Example date: October 20, 2024
  • 35% savings at Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong
    • Regular rate: US$185 (~€173)
    • Reward night: 24,000 points (= US$120 (~€112))
    • Example date: August 20, 2024
  • 35% savings at Holiday Inn Helsinki – West Ruoholahti
    • Regular rate: US$130 (~€121)
    • Reward night: 17,000 points (= US$85 (~€79))
    • Example date: October 20, 2024
  • 34% savings at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mountain View Silicon Valley
    • Regular rate: US$236 (~€220)
    • Reward night: 31,000 points (= US$155 (~€145))
    • Example date: August 8, 2024
  • 33% savings at Holiday Inn Toronto-Airport East
    • Regular rate: US$203 (~€190)
    • Reward night: 27,000 points (= US$135 (~€126))
    • Example date: August 20, 2024
  • 31% savings at InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
    • Regular rate: US$641 (~€599)
    • Reward night: 89,000 points (= US$445 (~€416))
    • Example date: August 20, 2024
  • 31% savings at voco Brussels City North
    • Regular rate: US$137 (~€128)
    • Reward night: 19,000 points (= US$95 (~€89))
    • Example date: October 20, 2024
Hint

IHG Reward Points do not expire as long as you have one activity per 12 months: A special feature of IHG Rewards is that the points never expire! You only have to collect or redeem at least one point every 12 months. This makes it much easier to deal with a large stash of points without having to worry about expiry dates.

IHG runs promotions like this regularly. Here is a list of past promotions like this:

TimeOfferBest price per 1,000 points
December 2023Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
November 2023Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
July 2023Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
June 2023Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
April 2023Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
February-March 2023Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
November 2022Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
October 2022Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
August 2022Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
July 2022Up to 100% Bonus$5.00
May 2022Up to 80% Bonus$5.56
April 2022Up to 100% Bonus$5.00

Bottom Line

Booking hotels with points bought used to be a good measure in many cities to keep the price of hotel stays within limits, e.g. during trade fairs or other large events that tend to drive up rates. Now, because of the dynamic pricing, that advantage has faded away. Currently, the upside of booking with points is that those bookings can be cancelled.

However, you should never buy miles or points without a redemption plan. These sales take place regularly and at the same time, the points can be devalued at any time by the program e.g. if a new more expensive hotel category is introduced again.

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Comments (11)

  1. Nicolas says:

    Thank you!

  2. Gabriel says:

    If you buy the points, do they count to Status upgrade?

  3. Nicolas says:

    A very professionally presented article. Many thanks!

  4. shams says:

    I only get 90% bonus

  5. John says:

    How long does it normal take for the points to appear on your account after purchase?

  6. Pierre says:

    my personal bonus starts at 15.000 points (+15.000 on top)

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