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With IHG Rewards you can unofficially buy points for .7 cents each any time you want via a little bit of ‘work’ (as described here), however if you are starting from zero that method doesn’t work. It also is a method that not all people are 100% comfortable with, so I think it is worth mentioning that right now you can purchase IHG points via a legit sale for almost the same price.
Through August 18, 2014 you can get a 60% bonus on purchased points if you purchase 10,000 IHG points or more. Points can be purchased in 1,000 point increments via the following prices:
- 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
As an example, if you purchase 60,000 points at $11.50 per 1,000 points that comes to $690 for 60,000 regular points + 36,000 bonus points for a total of 96,000 IHG Rewards points for $690. That is .718 cents per point. In other words, it is .018th of a cent per point more than the unofficial way to purchase them from IHG.
I wouldn’t stock up on points at this rate without a need, but it is a good enough way to get points if you do have a plan for them in the near term. I just did a test purchase and the points posted instantly. This means you could purchase points to use for the new Point Breaks list that goes live on Monday.
At this .718 cents price per point, you are getting Point Breaks at 5,000 points per night for a purchased points cost of $35.93 per night. That is a great all-in price for a hotel room!