80% bonus when you buy IHG points

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IHG is running another promotion whereby you can purchase IHG points with an 80% bonus. They’ve also increased the amount you can buy in a year to 100k, meaning you could get 180k bonus points for $1000. If you have signed up and carry the brand spankin’ new IHG Premier card from Chase you also qualify for a 20% discount on purchased points…meaning that 180k would set you back $800. That’s a phenom deal, especially when you consider that the card comes with a 4th night free when you book with points. Let’s take a look at this deal.

The max has increased to 100k points.

The current promo that effectively values IHG points at $0.0055 per point. Or $0.0044 if you carry the IHG Premier

If you max out the deal…

I just completed a stay at the Intercontinental Sydney. A great redemption at 60k points a night.

If you carry the IHG Premier, you could purchase 180k points for $800 and redeem them for a 4 night stay overlooking the Sydney Opera House. 4 nights in a great hotel in the heart of Sydney for $200 a night is a great deal.

If you’re interested…you can buy here

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

1 Comment

  • Enjoy Fine Food April 19, 2018

    Miles, I love the way your monkey brain thinks! Great to see you working on deals (rather than wasting time following the bloggers who are trying to make the SPG-Marriott disaster sound like a positive.)

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