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IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for May 26- July 31, 2015, which will be bookable starting on May 26. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always a few worth checking out, and others that can be useful depending on your travel plans.
Depending on where you redeem them, 5,000 points per night can be an exceptional value, especially for Intercontinental properties (which normally require between 30,000 and 50,000 points per night) and Crowne Plazas (which usually require 20,000-50,000 points, depending on the category). The US locations on this list are pretty lackluster, but here are some of the more intriguing international PointBreaks properties being offered this time around:
InterContinental Nha Trang, Vietnam: Located in the heart of Nha Trang, this beachfront property features 277 guest rooms, 3 outdoor swimming pools and a Spa InterContinental. Rooms here normally go for 35,000 points per night, or start around $120 USD per night.
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida, India: Located 20 minutes from Central Delhi, this property has 160 guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and an Eros Spa. You also get complimentary self-parking. Rooms here normally go for 30,000 points per night, or starting at around 5,200 INR ($82 USD) per night.
Crowne Plaza Panama: The Crowne Plaza Panama is located in the center of Panama’s banking and financial district. The hotel boasts 149 guest rooms and suites, and the La Galeria restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rooms here normally go for 25,000 points per night, or start around $96 USD per night.
Maximize Your Booking
A few other interesting locations on the PointBreaks list include Liverpool, Moscow, Las Cruces and Washington-Dulles. Check out the full list to see what else is available. If you need IHG Rewards points quickly in order to book PointBreaks award nights, IHG is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, so you can transfer points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus to top up your account. Chase is also currently offering 60,000 bonus points when you sign up for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card and spend $1,000 in the first three months.
As a reminder, IHG recently added a new rule that IHG Rewards Club members may only book two PointBreaks reservations at each hotel offered in a given period. However, there is no limit to how many nights can be booked at the discounted rate for each of those two reservations. That said, award space is limited at IHG hotels, and the best PointBreaks properties tend to go quickly.
Are you planning on booking any of these hotels for 5,000 points? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.