IHG has brought back its Points & Cash sale, and if you’ve been thinking about topping up your IHG account, you are looking at the right place.
- Book by June 24
- Stay by August 26
- Save 20% on the cash portion when making a Points & Cash booking
I saw a mention of my Diamond status when making a dummy booking, although from the terms and conditions the promotion doesn’t appear targeted.
Unlike the similar feature that other hotel groups offer (e.g. Marriott and Hilton), IHG’s Points & Cash works very differently. When making such bookings you are basically just paying cash on the spot to buy the points you need, therefore it’s a pure reward booking by nature and you don’t earn any points for the cash portion.
That said, the offer may bring along a good opportunity to bag some cheap IHG points. The Two InterContinental Alliance hotels at Macau – The Londoner and The Venetian – for example, are “selling” points for as low as 0.5c.
If you cancel a Cash & Points booking, the cash portion won’t be refunded, however the full amount of points are deposited back to your account. Note that however, such bookings may be non-refundable on certain dates, so read carefully before proceeding.
0.5c (or $5 per 1,000 points) is as low as IHG goes when selling points via public promotions. Cash & Points can actually go even lower at times – in fact some hotels in China were doing 0.48c but it only survived a couple of hours. If you are dedicated enough, you can play around a bit and see if you can spot any better deals.