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IHG has announced a promotion giving you up to a 100% bonus on points purchases. The bonus percentage is not guaranteed, but when you sign into the promotion page you will see what bonus you have been selected for. The promotion runs through August 22, 2018, and to be eligible for the maximum bonus you need to buy a minimum of 5,000 points.
- Promotion is valid on purchases made by 11:59 PM ET August 22, 2018
- Minimum purchase of 5,000 points to trigger the maximum bonus
- Members can purchase a maximum of 100,000 points per year
- Allow 72 hours for the points to post to your account
Is It Worth It?
If you max out the promotion and buy 100,000 points you will ultimately receive 200,000 points for $1,000. This works out to 0.5 cents a piece, which can be a compelling return based on your plans. If you have use for 200,000 points either through IHG’s quarterly Pointbreaks promotion, or for an aspirational redemption, 0.5 cents a piece is as good as it gets when buying IHG points.
Buying points speculatively is rarely a good idea even if it may seem like a good deal — you're typically better off keeping cash in your pocket. That said, if you have a use for IHG points then this promotion is timely, otherwise you are better off firming up your plans before making a purchase.
Remember a 100% bonus for points purchases is a relatively common promotion with IHG and they run several per year, so you have the luxury of waiting for the next one. When in doubt, check out some IHG hotels redemption sweet spots.
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