IHG PointBreaks promotion discontinued, future uncertain

Jan 29, 2020

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For years, the IHG PointBreaks list was one of the most eagerly-anticipated deals among points and miles enthusiasts. Each quarter, IHG would release a list of select properties around the world (even five-star hotels) priced at just 5,000 points per night. That’s unbelievably cheap.

But nothing gold can stay. In early 2018, IHG sharply devalued IHG PointBreaks, introducing three different price points:

  • 5,000 points
  • 10,000 points
  • 15,000 points

This extra pricing tiers brought along a large increase in the number of eligible PointBreaks hotels. While the devaluation miffed the free travel community, the promotional award prices were still a great deal. TPG currently values IHG points at 0.5 cents each, so even the highest-tier 15,000-point award is equivalent to just $75 per night.

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We now have another PointBreaks update: The new list, which should have been released Jan. 27, has failed to appear. TPG reached out to IHG, and they responded:

“We do not have a new IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks promotion planned currently.”

It’s unclear if IHG is retiring the promotion altogether or simply putting it on pause for now.

This is likely to upset a lot of IHG loyalists, along with many who recently opened the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card with its increased, all-time-high bonus of 140,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. PointBreaks was one of the best ways to redeem IHG points — especially for those who like to stretch their points for the most stays — and now it’s not an option.

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We’re not certain that IHG PointBreaks is gone for good. TPG has reached out to IHG again for clarification, and will update this post when we hear more.

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