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IHG Rewards PointBreaks are reduced-level award redemptions at IHGhotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 points for a free night and that change every 2 months. The current list was released today and can be found here on the IHG Community Forum. Awards can be booked starting Monday for stays from January 27 – March 31, 2014.

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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.

The list of PointBreak properties is usually pretty random, and there tend to be a lot more lower-end properties, but keep track of them because you never know when you might be in one of these offbeat destinations. For instance, back in 2012, 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.

If you need Priority 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 Plus or Ink Bold cards. Or simply buy them via IHG directly for .7 cents a point using the cash & points method described in this post (#7), making 5,000 points worth just $35.

There are 140 hotels on the current list, and though they are mostly Holiday Inns and more budget brands like Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites, it’s still worth taking a look if your travels are taking you to some out-of-the-way places since there are some of the highlights.

Here’s the list:


Holiday Inn Express Carlsbad, California

Hotel Indigo, Miami Lakes, Florida

Hotel Indigo, Athens, Georgia

Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton, Massachussetts


Intercontinental Phnom Penh

Intercontinental Beijing Beichin


Crowne Plaza Resort Sahara Oasis, Port Ghalib, Egypt

Holiday Inn Sandton, South Africa

Crowne Plaza, Harare-Monomotapa, Zimbabwe


Intercontinental Mendoza, Argentina

Crowne Plaza Suites Bogota

And hundreds more – mostly Holiday Inns and the more budget brands like Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites, but if your travels are taking you to some out-of-the-way places, it pays to stay on top of this list in case you can book some discount awards. And if you’re interested in popular properties like the Intercontinental Mendoza is bound to be, I’d try to book as soon as possible on Monday before the limited PointBreaks award space dries up.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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