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Today (Monday May 26th) the Daily Getaway Deals brings us IHG Rewards points up for sale. I did a summary of the second week of deals here, and while I don’t plan to post a reminder before every single deal the way I have in years past, I do plan to post reminders the night before (or sometimes morning of) some of the deals that might be of more interest to the miles and points community than others. This is a pretty inexpensive way to purchase IHG Rewards points that can be used to secure hotel rooms for as low as 5,000 points per night at hotels such as Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental, and Hotel Indigo properties.
In case you are new to the Daily Getaways, they are daily deals for five weeks on discounted hotel stays, discounted points purchases, car rental deals, and more. Some of the deals are better than others, and since you are shelling out real money make sure you have plans for the deals your purchase. The travel packages are provided by U.S. Travel Association, in cooperation American Express. To get an additional 10% off savings you must pay with an American Express card. Daily Getaways are only open to those who are US residents ages 18 and up (though some packages are for 21+). Here is a link to some tips for successfully purchasing these limited quantity deals.
The deals go on sale at 1PM Eastern and are limited quantity, so be at your computer and ready a couple minutes before 1PM. Hit refresh on the specific deal you want until it says “buy” and then you are off to the races (click on the different deals on the far right to pick a different points package. Have your award program numbers ready if you are purchasing points, and good luck!
Purchase packages of IHG Rewards points to use on IHG award stays however you choose.
- 15,000 IHG points for $100 ($90 with Amex discount) .6 cents per point, 2500 available
- 25,000 IHG points for $167 ($150.30 with Amex discount) .6 cents per point, 2000 available
- 50,000 IHG points for $325 ($292.50 with Amex discount) .585 cents per point, 1250 available
- 100,000 IHG points for $630 ($567 with Amex discount) .567 cents per point, 1000 available
- No more than 4 packages of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. A maximum of 16 packages of points is allowed per loyalty number across all IHG offers.
Buy or no buy:
You can essentially purchase IHG Reward points whenever you want for .7 cents each, so this isn’t an amazing deal, but it is a cheaper and easier way to pick up some IHG points than the method linked to. I think it is handy to have a few IHG points on handy in case you run across a Point Breaks hotel for 5,000 points per night that works for you (new list coming out tomorrow). However, I wouldn’t buy many more than you have plans for since you can essentially buy them for just a bit more than this any time you want.
In case you aren’t used to IHG Rewards, here are a few examples of the points price for a few different hotels assuming you purchased at .6 cents each.
Holiday Inn Express New York Times Square – 35,000 points ($210)
Holiday Inn London Mayfair – 35,000 points – 35,000 points ($210)
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown – 15,000 points ($90)
Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber – 35,000 points ($210)
Holiday Inn Summit County – 25,000 points ($150)
InterContinental Paris Le Grand – 50,000 points ($300)
Hotel Indigo Rome St. George – 45,000 points ($270)
Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista – 25,000 points ($150)
We just stayed at the very convenient Crowne Plaza Changi Airport during a layover in Singapore, and that hotel goes for 40,000 points per night ($240).
Some of those prices are going to often beat the cash prices, and some aren’t. None jump out as absolutely amazing deals (outside the 5k PointBreaks), but the prices are decent and IHG hotels are plentiful around the world. Keep in mind you get 10% of the redeemed points back if you have the co-branded credit card. It’s also good to note that IHG has no blackout dates and your points do not expire.
Will you be going for IHG Reward points today at 1PM Eastern?