One of the few promotions of buying points worth looking out for. IHG, till June 3, 2016 (USA time, so early June 4, 2016 in India) is offering a promotion to buy IHG Rewards Club reward points with a 100% bonus. This is a very nice offer, in case you have plans to stay at IHG properties in India or around the world, and won’t want to pay as premium a price.
Most of the times, I don’t remember a 100% upfront bonus coming by to everyone. You have to have status, or you need to sell an arm and a leg and your kidney to get enough points for a 100% bonus coming to you. This time, it is a free for all, and you need to complete a transaction on as less as 1000 IHG Reward Club points to make it work for you. The most you can buy is 60K points, giving you 120K points for the same price.
1000 points (+1000 points bonus) come at USD 13.50 [0.675 cents/INR 0.45 per point], and all the way up at 60000 points (+60000 points bonus) comes in at USD 690 [0.575 cents/INR 0.39 per point].
You can use the link here to buy points from IHG. Purchase is processed by Points.com so it will be an international purchase in US Dollars (Good for that Citi Prestige card, heh?)
Why it makes sense?
If you are into PointBreak stays where you get promotional stays at 5000 points per night, this brings you a per night stay at USD 40 (INR 2600), with a 1000 points to spare. If you are into luxury hotels, this makes sense, because you get to stay at a luxury resort far below published rates. For instance, in India, the InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram, which retails for INR 26000 a night,
It could be yours for 30,000 points which comes in this promotion at INR 12500 (15000 points + 15000 bonus points).
Also, if like me, you like to go to places far and beyond, such as Bora Bora, you can get a 700$ + taxes (at the minimum!) room for only 345$
Hence, there are a lot of uses of this promotion, and if you find it useful, you should go for it! Here are the full terms of the promotion:
Offer available for purchases made between 12:00 AM EST May 31 and 11:59 PM EST June 3, 2016 inclusive. Bonus points will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. Bonus points will be awarded to the recipient of the points purchase. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only purchases made online are eligible for the bonus.
Readers, what are your plans for this promotion? Will you be using it?