Daily Getaway June 5: IHG Rewards Points

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American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways.

Each day we’ll hash out the details of that day’s deal to see whether it’s worth taking advantage of.

Today’s deal goes live at 1 pm EDT, and you can sign up for alerts if you’d like to be notified when the deals go live.

All of these promotions have the added benefit that you can save an extra 10% for purchasing with an Amex card, like the Platinum and Premier Rewards Gold, or even co-branded cards like Delta Gold and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex.

IHG (formerly Priority Club) Rewards points

IHG (formerly Priority Club) Rewards points

Thursday June 5, 2014: IHG Rewards Club Points

  • 15,000 IHG Rewards points for $100, 2,500 available (.67 cents per point)
  • 25,000 IHG Rewards points for $167, 2,000 available (.68 cents per point)
  • 50,000 IHG Rewards points for $325, 1,250 available (.65 cents per point)
  • 100,000 IHG Rewards points for $630, 1000 available (.63 cents per point)

Normally, the cost to purchase IHG Rewards points is:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

It would typically cost $187.50 to purchase 15,000 points, $312.50 to purchase 25,000 points, $575 to purchase 50,000 points, and $1,150 to purchase 100,000 points. If you already have a plan for IHG Rewards points, this Daily Getaway deal offers great value, because the savings on points is around 45% (or over 50% if you can also get the Amex discount) and while there are other workarounds out there to buy points around .7 cents a piece, buying these packages is much easier and more legitimate. There are plenty of deals available, so your chances of snagging one are high. This exact same deal available was also available on Monday, May 26, 2014, so if you didn’t scoop one up then, this is your chance.

You can knock this deal out of the park by using your purchased points for hotels on the IHG PointBreaks list, which go for just 5,000 points per night! The new list for May 27 to July 31, 2014 just went live, and the best properties tend to go quickly, so book soon if you want to take advantage of the low redemption rates.

Booking a PointsBreaks hotels means you could stay for just $33 per night (or $30 per night with the Amex discount) if you purchased the 15,000 points package for $100 and booked three nights at 5,000 points each.

The Crowne Plaza in South Africa is on the new PointBreaks list

The Crowne Plaza in South Africa is on the new PointBreaks list

Some of my personal picks from the new list I wouldn’t mind trying are:

The Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg costs just over $100 per night in June, so by using points purchased from the Daily Getaways and taking advantage of the PointBreaks rate for 5,000 per night ($30-$33), you’re really getting three nights for the price of one!

Overall this deal is worthwhile if you already have a plan to use the points, especially if you can use them on PointBreaks hotels. I value IHG points around 0.7 cents per point, which is barely above the asking price for these packages without the Amex discount, and still only a marginal savings with the discount. If you don’t already have a notion of where you’d use these points, you won’t get much value out of speculating and buying them now.

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  • A. S.

    There used to be slightly more value when all points (including purchased, bonus, etc.) counted toward status. For the record, their last round of points didn’t sell out. I’m not quite sure why they think they should have another go at it with so many packages!! :) If only they were Hyatt points…

  • B Miris

    Agree with A.S., wish Hyatt would let loose with a larger number of Getaway points packages or promos on their Passport points.

  • dee seiffer

    You might want to check the Points Break list before you buy points. Some of the hotels are gone from the list already Which I suspect, means they are sold out, e.g. Montreal. :-(
    I had dreams of a really cheap points Montreal weekend… BA Avios flight + IHG Points Break hotel. C’est la vie.

  • RakSiam

    Yeah. I actually bought one of the 50K IHG packages yesterday that was leftover from the last go ’round. I could have maxed out at 4 of those packages if I wanted to.

    The Hyatt points were gone in about a second. Disappointing. But these IHG points can work out as a nice discount at some places, especially if you use an Amex card and get the extra 10% off.

  • jmecheru

    i was thinking about buying 100000 points, but i have an Ink card which allows be to buy 1 point for roughly $0.0045 (much better proposition than these), but was thinking about keeping those for marriott’s hotel and flights program. Also, was thinking about keeping these for a bora bora vacation, but i do not know how easy to get a water bungalow with points, and will not be for a while, so i might was well not spend the money right now as these might come back next year. i really do not have immediate use for them. any ideas?

  • Joe

    Had a hotel booked for around $180 that goes for 25,000 points. Bought 25K for $150. So, not a huge savings, but still a little something. Pleased there were so many available.

  • Stuart

    I just took 3 100k packages ($1701 on my Amex) and turned them into 6 nights at the Intercontinental Le Grand Paris for my anniversary. The cash rate for those nights were 475 euro ($646 US x 6 = $3876). A great deal if you have a plan for them!

  • Evan

    Can anyone tell me how long it took for the points to deposit into their accounts? I bought the points for an upcoming stay I want to book, and I think I may have cut it close.

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