Preview: IHG’s Revamped PointBreaks List

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Earlier I wrote about how IHG is revamping 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 has been gradually decreasing over the years, to the point that many of us don’t even bother trying with the promotion anymore. It’s great if you happen to be traveling to somewhere that has a PointBreaks hotel, but otherwise it’s just not worth going out of your way to stay at one, in my opinion.

This week IHG has announced that they’re changing up the PointBreaks promotion, and more specifically, hotels will cost 5,000, 10,000, or 15,000 points per night going forward. IHG is promising that they’ll offer more hotels than in the past, and presumably higher quality hotels as well.

Also keep in mind that if you have the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, you get a 10% refund on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points back each year. So that would get you 500-1,500 points per night back for PointBreaks bookings.

The next PointBreaks list will go live on Monday, January 29, 2018, and will be valid for stays through April 30, 2018. Ahead of the reveal of 200+ hotels, IHG today has revealed a small sampling of the hotels that will be available in each category. Here are the 30 hotels they’ve shared so far:

Hotels that will be available for 5,000 points per night

Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio

Hotels that will be available for 10,000 points per night

InterContinental Cali

Hotels that will be available for 15,000 points per night

InterContinental Sao Paulo

Bottom line

We’ll have to wait until Monday for the full list, though overall I have to say that I’m impressed — this list looks reasonably promising, and reminds me a lot of what PointBreaks lists looked like when the promotion was first introduced. If they maintain this kind of quality I might actually be more interested in the promotion again.

What are your first thoughts based on the PointBreaks preview list?

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  1. Will Monday reveal the full list and be bookable at the same time? Would love to have a sneak peek in advance to plan out.

  2. Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park is an amazing hotel for the value ($150/night on a holiday weekend). I stayed here over this past New Years and it was such a great experience. The room (park view) that my wife and I had was very large, modern, and with a massive bathroom. The bar on the roof that overlooks the city is brilliant. If you’re going to be in Taiwan it’s definitely worth the trip as I consider Kaohsiung city a true hidden gem.

  3. This works for me as I have 7 InterCons within a days drive from where I live so I have a nice nest egg of points with IHG, plus I do the Ambassador thing. If more InterCons or Crown Plazas show up, even at the 15k range I’d be happy.

  4. Who wouldn’t want to book a $79 hotel for 5000 points plus $50 cash? I mean, that’s a $4 savings!

    I’m not bitter.

  5. The reason it reminds you of what PointsBreaks lists looked like is because several of these properties have been repeatedly on the list in the past–except for 1/2 or 1/3 the price.

    Let’s be clear, this is an unmitigated disaster. Imagine if several of the destinations on the Citi AA reduced award list were suddenly two or three times the price, and now we could still go to them (and perhaps a few new cities) and just pay a whole lot more!

    Bad move, IHG. Bad move.

  6. Haved used Points Break 10 nights this last year mainly for weekend travels with grand children . Hope they do not change

  7. @Laurel , don’t want to get political here but since you asked ( maybe sarcastic ) , IHG is actually doing the right thing.
    If you look at their website it was clearly written ( country/region) . There are quite a few territories listed not internationally recognized country, such as Caymen island. This is the correct way to get away from disputed political issues.

    Since Taiwan along with HK and Macau, are not administered under same legal system under mainland China, to separately list them is a practical matter; while for Tibet, there were no good reason to list separately other than trying to provoke political controversy and that was exactly Marriott ( or the third party survey company ) did and apologized for.

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