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IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for September 29- November 30, 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 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 exceptional value, especially for Intercontinental properties (which normally require between 30,000-50,000 points per night) and Hotel Indigos and Crowne Plazas (which usually require 20,000-50,000 points, depending on the category). The U.S. locations on this list are pretty lackluster, but here are some of the more intriguing international PointBreaks properties being offered this fall:
The Intercontinental Hotel Nha Trang, Vietnam
Known as the beach capital of Vietnam, Nha Trang is a scenic spot for an escape to Southeast Asia. Rooms here normally go for 35,000 points per night, or start around $112 if you’re paying cash. There’s plenty to do in this resort town, or plenty of nothing to be done as well if that’s your preference.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Amman, Jordan
Located in lively West Amman, this property is ranked as the #2 hotel in Amman on TripAdvisor, and normally goes for 20,000 points or $127 per night. While the city center isn’t in walking distance, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops, and nightlife nearby.
Crowne Plaza Tequendama Bogotá
While this property isn’t renowned, it’s situated close to Bogotá’s historic and cultural center La Candelaria, where you’ll find museums, theatres, and notable architecture. Rooms at this hotel normally cost 20,000 IHG Rewards points, or start at $113 per night with advance purchase.
A few other interesting locations on the PointBreaks list include Jerusalem, Helsinki, Dublin, and Puerto Vallarta. 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, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus to top up your account.
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 very quickly.
Were you able to score any of these hotels for 5,000 points? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
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