Last day! 100% bonus when you buy IHG points

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Last day! 100% bonus when you buy IHG points

This deal started as a sweet Valentine’s day surprise and it ends today. The broad strokes are: You must buy at least 5k points to receive a 100% bonus when you buy IHG points. If you were to buy the maximum 60,000, you would receive a total of 120k points for an effective purchase price of $0.00575 per point. I listed a few different ways that this can be beneficial to you, but as with any point currency, I never recommend speculatively buying points. Today is the last day to get a 100% bonus when you buy IHG points. 

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Here are a few instances from my previous post where I think it makes sense to buy points:

Buy points to purchase IHG Ambassador at a discount

For new members it would cost $184.

  • At $0.00575 per point, 32000 points would cost you $184.

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For renewal there were 3 options offered last year and one was an all points offer 24k get 5k back or 19k total out of pocket:

  • At $0.00575
    • 24000 get 5k back = 19,000 or $109.25

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Buy points to get a room at a reduced rate.

The Cleveland Clinic is one of the best hospitals in the world. In fact, it’s where many of my family members have gone for Cardiovascular check-ups. The Intercontinental Cleveland is attached to the hospital and can be had for just 25k points. The last time my folks, who have Ambassador status, visited they redeemed points and were upgraded to a JR Suite – a great use of points.

I checked rates in the summer and they were coming in over $270. If you were to buy points at $0.00575 per point, the 25,000 award rate would only set you back $143.75. That’s a great discount for a very solid hotel.


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Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

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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.

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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. 

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