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IHG has just made 200+ hotels available with 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
A few days ago 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.
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.
The next PointBreaks list has just gone live, and is valid for stays through April 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 this time around
In the past PointBreaks hotels cost 5,000 points per night, though now that some 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.
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 Select Credit Card, you get a 10% refund on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points back each year. That would get you 500-1,500 points per night back for PointBreaks bookings.
Furthermore, if you need IHG points and don’t have them, IHG Rewards Club is selling points with a 75% bonus at the moment, which is an opportunity to buy points for just ~0.65 cents each. It could absolutely make sense to buy points for the purposes of a PointBreaks redemption.
IHG’s new PointBreaks list
Below is the full list of IHG hotels on the list. Before I share it, I should note that there are 10 InterContinental hotels on the list, including properties in Beirut, Cali, Caracas, Cartagena, Kiev, Medellin, Nairobi, Panama, Santa Domingo, and Sao Paulo. Not bad!
5,000 point list
Candlewood Suites Tupelo North
Candlewood Suites Sidney
Candlewood Suites Wilson
Candlewood Suites Williamsport
Holiday Inn Panama Canal
Candlewood Suites Celaya
Candlewood Suites Queretaro Juriquilla
Holiday Inn Express Culiacan
Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio
Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
ANHUI, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Crowne Plaza Wuhu
HEBEI, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Holiday Inn Shijiazhuang Central
INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Crowne Plaza Ordos
JIANGSU, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Holiday Inn Express Nantong Downtown
SHANDONG, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Crowne Plaza Yantai Sea View
TIANJIN, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan
10,000 point list
Staybridge Suites Corona South
Crowne Plaza Wilmington North
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Magee
Crowne Plaza Nashua
Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Blackwell
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oklahoma City North
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oklahoma City North
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Stillwater – University Area
Crowne Plaza Tulsa – Southern Hills
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vermillion
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham
Holiday Inn Express Pachuca
Holiday Inn Dresden – City South
Holiday Inn Aktau
Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar
Crowne Plaza Belgrade
Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre
Holiday Inn Express London – Dartford
Holiday Inn Express London – Newbury Park
Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester – Five Lakes
Holiday Inn Express St. Albans – M25, Jct.22
GUANGDONG, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Xiaolan
ZHEJIANG, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
Crowne Plaza Hangzhouonethousandislandlake
Holiday Inn Resort Penang
Crowne Plaza Beirut
Crowne Plaza Duqm
15,000 point list
Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk
Staybridge Suites Fargo
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Regina
InterContinental Sao Paulo
InterContinental Cartagena De Indias
InterContinental Real Santo Domingo
InterContinental Tamanaco Caracas
Holiday Inn Guadalajara Expo
Crowne Plaza Puebla
Holiday Inn Hermosillo
Holiday Inn Express Tuxpan
Holiday Inn Nice
Crowne Plaza Borjomi
Holiday Inn Express Luzern – Neuenkirch
Crowne Plaza Riyadh Minhal
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Are there any hotels on this IHG PointBreaks list that you plan on booking?