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New IHG PointBreaks List is Out For November 1 – January 31

by on October 30, 2013 · 14 comments

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Earlier today, the IHG Rewards Club Connect online forum released the next set of PointBreaks hotel properties, and the list will go live later on November 1 on the official PointBreaks page where you will be able to book discounted award nights for just 5,000 points a night for stays through January 31, 2013.

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IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks are reduced-level award redemptions at IHG  hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Priority Club points for a free night and that change every 2 months. Depending on the hotel at which you redeem them, 5,000 points can be a pretty great value, especially for Intercontinental properties, which normally require between 30,000-50,000 points, and Hotel Indigos and Crowne Plazas, which usually require 20,000-50,000 points depending on their category. For instance, last year I actually ended up using a PointBreaks rate at the Intercontinental Phnom Penh (which is also on the current list) so I was able to redeem 5,000 points instead of paying the $150 nightly rate, wringing about 3 cents of value per point.

The list of PointBreak properties is usually pretty random, and there tend to be a lot more lower-end properties, but this time around there are actually quite a few exciting choices including many Intercontinentals and Crowne Plazas. Some of the more interesting options include:

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers
Crowne Plaza Muscat (Oman)
InterContinental Shanghai Rujin
Crowne Plaza Prague
Hotel Indigo College Park (GA)
Crowne Plaza Panama
Crowne Plaza Acapulco

Among dozens of others. While the list of US properties is pretty drab, there will be 143 of them, so at least you should have a lot of choices if you’re looking to burn some points.

The Intercontinental Tahiti is one of the PointBreaks properties this round.

The Intercontinental Tahiti is one of the PointBreaks properties this round.

If you need IHG Rewards Club points quickly, they transfer 1:1 from Chase Ultimate Rewards (note: transfers usually take 1-2 business days) if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus cards. The IHG Rewards Visa is also currently offering a sign-up bonus of 80,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. That would be enough for 16 PointBreaks nights.

Or simply buy them via Priority Club directly for .7 cents a point using the cash & points method described in this post (#7), making 5,000 points worth just $35.

Hat tip: Travel Bart.

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  • Bart Lapers

    Thanks for the hat tip Brian. Awesome PointBreaks list this time!

  • Joseph May

    now need a link to booking Tahiti on Miles….

  • Larrythai

    I don’t see the Phnom Penh among the hotels on the list. Do you have a list that has more properties than those depicted?

  • Aaron

    Is there a maximum to the number of nights one can book these for?

  • AC

    are these bookings cancel-able?

  • Chris

    Why are you shilling your Chase Sapphire affiliate links while people can get the Chase IHG card which gives 80k pts for which you DO NOT have an affiliate link? Greed?

    I get that they probably wouldn’t get the points on time for this round of point breaks but that sounds very disingenuous given that IHG does point breaks ALL the time every 2 months.

  • Guess who?

    That Crowne Plaza Accapulco is “interesting” — given the location. But wow, lots of reg flags in the form of BAD reviews by IHG registered visitors. And it’s not just once in a while. Multiple complaints about filthy swimming pool, old linens, etc. — and then really lame non responses from the same manager, who seems to be using a generic form response. Anybody been there recently? Is it really that bad?

  • mwwalk

    Well most people would rather have 40,000 UR points than 80,000 IHG points. I know I would.

  • Bark Mulch

    That was for the promotion that ran the past 2 months. Rooms fill quick and become quickly unavailable. Get some!!!

    Cheers

  • Miles

    The Staten Island property is interesting if you want to see NYC, except that it takes 52 minutes (as per Google) just to get from the hotel to the Staten Island ferry by public transport. Add in ferry time, plus subways to wherever you want to go, and you’ve used a significant chunk of time.

    A car is much faster, if you want to pay Manhattan parking rates.

  • Jeff

    Here’s a lead–> Booking Flights to French Polynesia with United miles: http://www.weekendblitz.com/ultimate-honeymoon-french-polynesia-with-united-miles/

  • New Yorker

    You missed out the $13 toll for the VZ Bridge.

  • asdf

    While 40k UR may be more valuable than 80K IHG points in other circumstances, given the context that we are discussing the IHG pointbreak opportunities here, it is assumed people are interested in using the IHG points.

    If you are trying to book IHG stays, will you prefer having 40K UR points or 80K IHG points for pointsbreak award?

  • nitzguy

    Thanks for posting the update! I have a rash of personal stays coming up in Toronto, so burning points instead of dollars at the Holiday Inn will do nicely.

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