Again, it is not a good idea to buy points just to buy points, but if you’re just short of an award redemption, it can be good. You can look at the exact costs to buy points on the IHG website, however, you must have am IHG account to do so. That is one of the reasons we suggest in our Beginner’s Guide to create accounts at many of the domestic travel brands.
Additionally, if you have this credit card, you can book a fourth night for free for an award stay. That means if you pay with points for the first three nights, the fourth won’t cost you anything. That can be big savings.
The Chase 5/24 rule affects this card. Be sure you haven’t applied for five credit cards in the previous 24 months or you will be declined.
The IHG PointBreaks hotels are a great value for the everyday traveler. Not only do they cost fewer points than normal, but the value to purchase points can sometimes be cheaper than the nightly rate. Hotel rates can be outrageous in the summer, so if you happen to need a hotel in these places, take advantage.