IHG Releases PointBreaks List for May 27-July 31

by on May 27, 2014 · 5 comments

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IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for summer 2014.  PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night and change every two months. While some of the participating properties won’t move the needle on the excitement meter, many are worth checking out.

Stay in the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park for just 5,000 points per night!

Stay in the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park for just 5,000 points per night!

Depending on where you redeem them, 5,000 points per night 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 the category. Here are some of the more intriguing PointBreaks properties being offered from May 27 to July 31, 2014:

If you’re light on IHG Rewards points, you have several opportunities to stock up. The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card from Chase offers 60,000 Rewards points after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months of account opening. The card has a $49 anual fee that’s waived the first year, and is offset by an annual free night certificate at the account anniversary. Alternately, since Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer to IHG Rewards, you could sign up for the current 60,000 point bonus on the Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards (after $5,000 spend in 3 months).

You can also take advantage yesterday’s Daily Getaway from Amex, which offers steeply discounted packages of IHG Rewards points. One deal, for example, offers 15,000 Rewards Club points for $100 (or $90 with a special Amex discount).  You could use those points on PointBreaks hotels and effectively stay for just $30 per night.

IHG recently updated PointBreaks redemption rules to make award nights more accessible.

IHG recently added a new rule that Rewards Club members may only book two PointBreaks reservations at each hotel offered in a given period. There is no limit to how many nights can be booked at the discounted rate for each of those two reservations. IHG instituted this policy to free up award space and thwart attempts to book and resell hotel rooms for a profit. Previously, travelers with uncertain itineraries could book speculatively at the PointBreaks rate by reserving a series of individual nights (each as a separate reservation) and then cancelling the unneeded ones once their plans firmed up. Since IHG immediately refunds points from cancelled reservations, this practice was virtually risk free.

The new policy makes it harder for people to sit on speculative reservations, which should make PointBreaks more accessible. That said, award space is limited at IHG hotels, and the best PointBreaks properties tend to go very quickly. If your plans are in flux, better to take a stab at dates that might work (and then cancel or modify reservations) than to miss out entirely.

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  • Pamela Simmons

    Note the absence of any intercontinental properties on the list, which is a shame…few good crowne plazas though. If only I could afford the flights to Bangkok!

  • Alex H

    Booked five nights for my family at Crowne Plaza in Bangkok at 5k pts/night, plus 3 nights at Holiday Inn in Chiang Mai at 10k pts/night and 4 nights at Holiday Inn Resort in Krabi at 10k pts/night. Round trip ticket from China to Bangkok only costs $120 throughout the end of July!!! It’s gonna be a grand and inexpensive holiday trip for my family. If only I could travel with them to Thailand : )

  • Andrey Leybovich

    Holiday Inn Express Montreal Centre-Ville that you mentioned is not on the list of PointsBreak properties for May-July

  • joeypore

    Looks like Bangkok is already gone!!…

  • Janet

    In June, we stayed overnight at the Cleveland Airport Holiday Inn for 10k pts, and the Utica, NY Holiday Inn for 4 nights at 5k pts/night. In May, we stayed at the LeRoy, IL Holiday Inn Express for 2 nights at 5k pts/night. We enjoyed dirt track auto races at both places! Love to check out which locations are on Point Breaks!!! I may have to look into that IHG credit card to get 60K points as my balance is barely enough for 1 night at Point Break pts!

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