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IHG has just released their new PointBreaks list, so if you might be interested in making a booking, check out the list now (especially as IHG hadn’t made a full review list available, so most of the list comes as a surprise to us).
IHG’s revamped PointBreaks promotion
At the beginning of the 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 earlier this year, and more specifically, now charges 5,000, 10,000, or 15,000 points per night through PointBreaks. IHG is promising that they’ll offer more hotels than in the past, and presumably higher quality hotels as well.
The next PointBreaks list has just gone live, and is valid for stays through September 30, 2018. 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.
Using the IHG credit card & buy points promo
While this is a great promotion, there are potentially two ways to get even more value out of it. 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.
Also, if you don’t have any IHG points it could make sense to buy them with up to a 100% bonus through a promotion they’re running right now. That’s an opportunity to acquire IHG points for as little as 0.5 cents each.
IHG’s new PointBreaks list
Below is the full list of IHG hotels on the list. As you can see, this time around there are only three InterContinentals on the list, in Al Khobar, Buenos Aires, and Doha. I can’t say I’m terribly impressed by this list, but I guess that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since this is for stays over the summer.
5,000 point list
Candlewood Suites Aurora-Naperville
Candlewood Suites Bordentown-Trenton
Candlewood Suites Sayre
Holiday Inn Express Pachuca
FUJIAN, MAINLAND CHINA
Crowne Plaza Zhangzhou
HENAN, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Zhengzhou Zhongzhou
JIANGSU, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Taizhou CMC
YUNNAN, MAINLAND CHINA
Crowne Plaza Resort Xishuangbanna Parkview
10,000 point list
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area
Holiday Inn Express Defuniak Springs
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville – Blount Island
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Milton East I-10
Holiday Inn Orlando-International Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Palatka Northwest
Holiday Inn Express Tallahassee – I-10 E
Holiday Inn Express Tampa N I-75 – University Area
Hotel Indigo Raleigh Durham Airport At Rtp
Holiday Inn Hillsboro
Staybridge Suites Greenville I-85 Woodruff Road
Holiday Inn & Suites Sioux Falls – Airport
Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Terrace
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mexicali
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chihuahua Juventud
Staybridge Suites Irapuato
Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea
Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
15,000 point list
Crowne Plaza Annapolis
Holiday Inn Express Myrtle Beach-Broadway@The Bch
Holiday Inn & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, MEXICO
Holiday Inn Mexico Buenavista
InterContinental Buenos Aires
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
InterContinental Al Khobar
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha
Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
Are there any hotels on this IHG PointBreaks list that you plan on booking?