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IHG Rewards is offering up to a 100% bonus for purchasing 50,000 or more points through September 22, 2014. IHG offers bonuses for points purchases every so often, ranging from 25% to 100%, so this is one of the better buy points promotions you’ll see from them.

Earn up to a 100% bonus on purchased IHG Rewards points.
Earn up to a 100% bonus on purchased IHG Rewards points.

You can purchase points in increments of 1,000:

  • 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

The bonus structure is as follows:

  • Buy 1,000 to 49,000 points and get 50% more points
  • Buy 50,000 to 60,000 points and get 100% more points

This usually equates to spending 1.15-1.35 cents per point. In my most recent monthly valuations, I list IHG Rewards at 0.7 cents apiece, so the normal purchase rate provides poor value. With the 100% bonus, however, that rate can get as low as 0.58 cents per point for 50,000 or more. This is a good enough deal that it’s worth considering not only if you have an immediate redemption in mind, but also if you want to bank the points for later. As a reminder, members may purchase a maximum of 60,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 60,000 points per year.

Purchased points come out to as little as .58 cents per point with this offer.
Purchased points come out to as little as 0.58 cents per point with this offer.

To purchase points, log in through the above link provided and select the number of points you want. The bonus points will show up next to the purchased points where applicable. If you don’t see any bonus points listed, you may not be eligible for this promotion. I have no official word that the bonus is targeted, but there could be other reasons why certain members would be ineligible.

The Intercontinental Cali, Columbia is a PointsBreaks for only 5,000 points per night.
The Intercontinental Cali, Columbia is available through IHG PointBreaks for only 5,000 points per night.

If you were to buy 50,000 points (for a total of 100,000 points), you’d have enough for 20 free nights at PointBreaks hotels, meaning you could stay for only $28.75 per night for hotels such as the Intercontinental Cali, Columbia! Granted, PointBreaks redemptions can be limited and aren’t always in the best locations, but even with regular redemptions, this buy miles offer can definitely be worth it.

You could stay at the InterContinental London Park Lane for $287.50 vs paying the regular rates of $550.
You could stay at the InterContinental London Park Lane for $287.50 vs. the cash rate of $550.

The InterContinental London Park Lane, for example, starts at 340.00 GBP ($550 USD)  or 50,000 IHG Rewards points per night. With this promotion you could pay $575 for 100,000 points (enough for two nights), bringing your effective daily rate down to $287.50 per night.

Also remember that if you just need a few thousand points to top off your account for a specific award, you can buy those points at the time of redemption, or if you have the Chase Sapphire PreferredInk Bold or Ink Plus cards, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to IHG Rewards instantly at 1:1 (though I generally get much more value by transferring to Hyatt for hotel stays). As always, do the math and see if this promo makes sense for you.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and discounted Delta  Sky Club access.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 miles for every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn one mile for every eligible dollar you spend on other purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74%-26.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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