IHG One Rewards, the loyalty program of IHG Hotels and Resorts, is currently running a limited-time promotion that allows members to purchase points with a 100% bonus. This flash sale offers an excellent opportunity for IHG members to stock up on points and save money on future hotel stays.
The promotion is available until June 26, giving members a limited window to take advantage of this offer.
Details of the promotion
During the flash sale, members can buy IHG One Reward points with a 100% bonus. The bonus starts at a minimum purchase of 5,000 points or more.
- 5,000 points cost $67.50 for a bonus of 5,000 points
- 10,000 points cost $135 for a bonus of 10,000 points
- 15,000 points cost $172.50 for a bonus of 15,000 points
- 20,000 points cost $230 for a bonus of 20,000 points
It’s important to note that IHG One Rewards warns that it can take up to 72 hours for the purchased points to post to the member’s account, although in most cases, we’ve found it normally takes little more than a day.
Additionally, there are maximum limits on the number of points that can be purchased or gifted in this promotion. The limits depend on the member’s previous points purchase activity in the same calendar year.
What hotel brands are part of IHG Hotels and Resorts?
IHG Hotels and Resorts has a massive portfolio of hotel brands, including:
- Luxury: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Hotels Resort Spas
- Mid-level: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, voco Hotels, EVEN Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn
- Budget: Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express
Good ways to spend IHG One Rewards points
There are a number of great ways to spend IHG One Rewards points, including:
- Book award nights at IHG hotels. This is, fairly obviously, the most common way to use IHG points. You can redeem points for award nights at any of IHG’s 6,000+ hotels worldwide, starting at 10,000 points per night.
- Transfer points to airline partners. IHG has partnerships with around 40 global airlines, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates. You can transfer points (starting at a minimum of 10,000) to most airline partners at a ratio of 5:1
- Pay for IHG experiences. IHG offers a variety of experiences that you can pay for with points, such as spa treatments, golf rounds, and car rentals.
To maximize the value of your IHG One Rewards points, consider redeeming them at properties where you believe you can achieve the best value for money.
I would personally look to utilise points on more luxe properties where I consider I would be achieving the best value for money. Personally, I quite like Kimpton properties as a mid-level hotel brand, whereas I generally wouldn’t go searching for an award night at a Holiday Inn.
IHG One Rewards started rolling out dynamic award pricing back in 2020, so the cost of an award night can vary massively depending on local demand, seasonality, and local events. In some cases, however, award night pricing has remained flat, and if you time it right, award nights are cheaper than before IHG introduced dynamic pricing.
How Much is an IHG One Rewards Point Worth?
The value of an IHG One Rewards point can vary depending on the redemption. On average, I value an IHG One Rewards point to be worth around 0.6 cents per point. However, the value can fluctuate based on factors such as the specific hotel property, location, and demand.
IHG Hotels & Resorts offers award night redemptions starting from just 10,000 points per night. However, keep in mind that more luxurious or aspirational properties within the IHG portfolio can cost significantly more points.
Important Points to Consider
While this flash sale offers a compelling opportunity to buy points with a 100% bonus, it’s important to consider a few factors before making a purchase:
- IHG One Rewards points expire after 12 months of inactivity. However, there are various ways to keep your account active, including purchasing more points through points.com.
- Purchasing points do not count towards elite status qualification within the IHG One Rewards program.
I generally only recommend buying points when you are on the cusp of a redemption or you have a specific award stay in mind. Personally, I don’t speculatively buy points, although if you use IHG Hotels & Resorts regularly and you’re confident that you’ll use points, then it doesn’t get much better than a 100% bonus offer to stock up on points.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.