Priority Club currently is currently offering a 50% bonus on the purchase of points from now through June 23, 2013
The normal cost to purchase points is as follows:
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 – 50,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
When you buy between 26k-50k points you will get the best deal and will be buying points at a rate of 0.76 cents per points, so you can get 75,000 points for $575.
In the past IHG allowed purchased points to count towards status and it was reason to take advantage of these promotions to get platinum status by earning 60,000 points per year. However, given that purchased points no longer count towards elite status the deal really isn’t as great.
There is always a way to purchase Priority Club points through a round about method for 0.7 cents per point. To do this you need to make a Points & Cash reservation that allows you to buy extra points for 70k points for $10. You can cancel the Points & Cash reservation and the points will still remain in your account, allowing you to ‘purchase’ Priority Club points for 0.7 cents each.
The Bottom Line
This is not a bad deal if you are buying Priority Club points and intend to use them at specific expensive IHG properties. For instance, you could purchase the points during this promotion for 0.76 cents per point and potentially redeem them at the Holiday Inn Sisli at a value of 2.58 cents each.
Apart from buying the points with a planned redemption at a otherwise expensive hotel, the deal is not that great considering the points don’t count towards status levels.