IHG has just released their new PointBreaks list, so if you might be interested in making a booking, check out the list now.
IHG’s revamped PointBreaks promotion
Last year IHG revamped their PointBreaks promotion. This is a promotion they’ve been offering on a quarterly basis for years, which allows you to book select hotels for just 5,000 points per night. Given that I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, that’s the equivalent of paying just ~$25 per night for a hotel room, which is a steal.
The issue is that the quality of the hotels on the lists had been gradually decreasing over the years, to the point that many of us didn’t even bother trying with the promotion anymore. It was great if you happened to be traveling to somewhere that had a PointBreaks hotel, but otherwise just wasn’t worth going out of your way for.
So IHG changed up their PointBreaks promotion, and now charges 5,000, 10,000, or 15,000 points per night through PointBreaks. IHG promised that they’d offer more and better hotels than in the past, though it’s questionable if that has actually happened.
The next PointBreaks list has just gone live, and is valid for stays through May 31, 2019. The better hotels tend to sell out pretty quickly (as there are capacity constraints), so you’ll want to book sooner rather than later.
You can also use Cash & Points
Now that some PointBreaks hotels cost 10,000 and 15,000 points per night, you can redeem part points and part cash for these bookings, to lower the price by 5,000 to 10,000 points per night. The price varies by property, but typically you can expect to pay about $50 to lower the cost by 5,000 points, and to pay $80 to lower the cost by 10,000 points. Personally, I don’t think this represents a very good deal.
Get a fourth night free with the IHG Premier Card
While this is a great promotion, there’s potentially a way to get even more value. Specifically, if you have the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card then you get the fourth night free on award redemptions, including on PointBreaks bookings.
Buy IHG points with a 75% bonus
If there’s an IHG hotel on the list that you’d get value out of but you don’t have enough IHG points, you can receive up to a 75% bonus when you purchase points by February 28, 2019. You can get a 100% bonus as long as you purchase at least 5,000 points in one transaction. This can be a good deal.
IHG’s new PointBreaks list
Below is IHG’s full PointBreaks list, though let me first note the five InterContinental hotels on the list, since these are often the most popular:
- The InterContinental Presidente Puebla is bookable for 10,000 points per night
- The InterContinental San Salvador-Metrocentro Mall is bookable for 10,000 points per night
- The InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport is bookable for 15,000 points per night
- The InterContinental Sofia is bookable for 15,000 points per night
- The InterContinental Pattaya Resort is bookable for 15,000 points per night
The InterContinental MSP is on the new list
Below is the full list of IHG hotels on the list.
5,000 point list
BEIJING, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Shijingshan Parkview
GUANGDONG, MAINLAND CHINA
Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Wing On City
JIANGSU, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Changzhou Wujin
SHAANXI, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Xi’An Qujiang South
10,000 point list
Holiday Inn Express Hartford South – Rocky Hill
Holiday Inn Express Horse Cave
Holiday Inn Express Springfield Downtown
Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
Staybridge Suites Charleston – Mount Pleasant
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston Nw Beltway 8-West Road
Staybridge Suites Houston Willowbrook – Hwy 249
Staybridge Suites Houston – Humble Beltway 8 E
Staybridge Suites Lake Jackson
Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Angelo
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Weatherford
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Weslaco
Staybridge Suites Wichita Falls
Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte
Holiday Inn Express Torreon
Holiday Inn Chilpancingo
Staybridge Suites Guadalajara Expo
NUEVO LEÓN, MEXICO
Crowne Plaza Monterrey Aeropuerto
InterContinental Presidente Puebla
Crowne Plaza Queretaro
SAN LUIS POTOSI , MEXICO
Staybridge Suites San Luis Potosi
Crowne Plaza Tuxpan
Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo
InterContinental San Salvador-Metrocentro Mall
Holiday Inn Express Gent
Crowne Plaza Beirut
Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre
Crowne Plaza West Hanoi
15,000 point list
Holiday Inn Express Boston-Waltham
Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg
Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant
Holiday Inn Spearfish-Convention Center
Staybridge Suites Niagara-On-The-Lake
Crowne Plaza Toulouse
SHANDONG, MAINLAND CHINA
Crowne Plaza Qingdaoorientalmoviemetropolis