It’s that time of year again: IHG Rewards Club will be announcing the first PointBreaks list of the quarter, consisting of 140 properties that can be booked for just 5,000 points per night. A preview has just been released to drum up excitement:
- InterContinental Lhasa Paradise (Lhasa, XZ, China)
- Crowne Plaza Suites Tequendama (Bogota, Colombia)
- Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum (San Jose, Costa Rica)
- Holiday Inn Genoa City (Genova, Italy)
- Holiday Inn Express Tampa-Anderson Rd/Veterans Exp (Tampa, Florida)
- Staybridge Suites West Edmonton (West Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
- Candlewood Suites Bloomington (Bloomington, Indiana)
The full list will become available for booking on February 24, valid for stays between February 25 – May 31, 2015. The properties in the preview list look promising, though I will definitely check out the entire list once it’s published and provide a post summarizing the most desirable properties (i.e. mainly Intercontinental and Crown Plaza hotels).
While the full list isn’t available yet, it’s good to keep at least 5,000 – 10,000 points in your IHG Rewards account in case any great redemptions come along. Chase Ultimate Rewards transfers to IHG can take a day to complete, so you might want to start the transfer process now so the points arrive in time for a possible redemption on Tuesday.
You can also buy points for $11.50 – $13.50 per 1,000 depending on the number:
- 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
- 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
- 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
If you’re able to book a great hotel for $57.50 – $67.50 per night, buying points for a PointBreaks redemption can definitely be worth it. Points can also be purchased at a cheaper rate of 0.7 cents each through the Points & Cash trick, bringing the cost of a PointBreak award down to $35 per night. The folks at IHG Rewards are well aware of the Points & Cash trick. Once they figure out how to stop it, they may start penalizing accounts that took advantage of this trick excessively. So proceed with caution on that one.
Each member is limited to two reservations per hotel, to prevent some of the mass bookings/cancellations that occurred in the past. This policy should still provide you with plenty of flexibility to make travel plans around a PointBreaks award.
What do you think of this quarter PointBreaks preview list? Do any of the hotels appeal to you?
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