New IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Deals Start Monday

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IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks is traditionally one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. Through this promotion, select hotels are available for just 5,000 points per night. Since IHG Rewards Club points can be purchased for as little as 0.575 cents per point, that’s like booking stays at certain hotels for an incredible ~$29 per night.

IHG has just made their latest PointBreaks list available, valid for bookings and stays between October 31st, 2016 and January 31st, 2017. This is a preview list, so the individual hotels won’t be bookable until sometime on Monday, but it’s always worth perusing the list in advance, as desirable properties sell out of PointBreaks rooms quickly.

Keep in mind as well that IHG Rewards Club updated the terms of PointBreaks bookings in 2014, and you can only book two stays per hotel per promotion (however, the stays can be as long you’d like):

Due to the limited availability, each member may only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel during the special offer time period.

With that in mind, here’s the full list of properties participating in this round of PointBreaks:

Hotels in Asia and Australia:

China

India

Indonesia

Japan

Kuwait

Malaysia

Nepal

Hotels in Africa and Middle East:

South Africa

Hotels in South America:

Chile

Colombia

Uruguay

Hotels in Latin America and Mexico:

Honduras

Mexico

Panama

Hotels in North America:

Canada
Alberta

Ontario

United States
Alabama

Arkansas

Arizona

California

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Iowa

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Louisiana

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Mississippi

Montana

North Carolina

North Dakota

Nebraska

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Hotels in Europe:

France

Germany

Italy

Kazakhstan

Russia

Serbia

Spain

Turkey

United Kingdom

There are 127 hotels on the list this time. Typically the nicest properties are the InterContinental hotels, but I only see one in Cali, Colombia this go ’round.

IHG Pointsbreaks: Intercontinental Cali, Colombia
Intercontinental Cali. Source: IHG

Otherwise, I’d take a look at the list of properties and see what might make sense for your upcoming travel. Even some of these less-aspirational hotels can be quite pricey, and through PointBreaks you’re only paying a fraction of what they’d otherwise cost.

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. That means for the first million points you redeem each year you get a 10% discount, so you’d be paying an effective 4,500 points for each PointBreaks night.

Again, these rates aren’t bookable yet, so you have the weekend to plan out your travel, purchase IHG points if necessary (particularly given the 100% purchase bonus right now), etc.

Do you plan on booking any hotels on the new PointBreaks list?

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Comments

  1. Does anyone know what time and which time zone on the 31st these will be available? I’m actually going to be in Colombia in January. This is the first time ever this promotion may work for me. There must be something to see in Cali if there’s an IC there.

  2. I have never ever found one of these that could possibly work for me.

    I mean, I thought about booking a last minute trip to Kuwait. Or perhaps Kathmandu (nothing like Nepal in the Winter !). But I just can’t find the award flights to get me there. Easy to get to the Holiday Inn Express Bakersfield Airport, but I’m sure that one will book up fast, so I might not be able to grab it in time. 😉

    Once there was a hotel listed for “Barcelona”, when I already had plans to be in Barcelona. But it turned out that property, despite the name, was a 35 minute drive out of town (I was traveling by train) and the rating on Trip Advisor was 40% Poor or Terrible. Using PointBreaks is like gambling in Vegas; you hear about big winners, but it never seems to happen to you.

  3. Point Breaks hotels are the ones IHG wants to promote so they discount them heavily. Why? Perhaps IHG has crunched the numbers and the numbers show they are underperforming (or underbooked, anyway).

    Hotels like this are, almost by definition, going to be out-of-the-way places where, unless you are precisely excited about visiting Minot, North Dakota, or seeing the industrial outskirts of Delhi, India, you’ll find little value.

    If, perchance, you find a fabulous hotel in a tourist destination (the IC Phnom Penh from the previous promotion springs to mind) it will always be in the off season, which is called that for a very good reason (usually monsoon rains or cold weather). In the case of Cambodia, even booking at the discounted rate for points meant spending $29-35 which, to be honest, goes a very long way there anyway.

    I have booked a stay once or twice using Point Breaks (suburban Texas) but it definitely isn’t something for which I stock up on points or get excited about. Sadly.

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