IHG’s quarterly Pointbreaks list, consisting of over 150 properties that can be booked for just 5000 points per night, is going live tomorrow. A preview of the list is available on the IHG forums and it doesn’t look like there will be any Intercontinental properties on the list this time around, though there are a few Crowne Plazas. Below are a some highlights from this quarter’s PointBreaks list:
- Crowne Plaza Hotel Huizhou (Huizhou, China)
- Crowne Plaza Kumamoto (Kumamoto, Japan)
- Crowne Plaza Dublin (Northwood, Ireland)
- Holiday Inn Sydney – Waterfront (Sydney, NS, Canada)
- Holiday Inn Express – Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
- Staybridge Suites San Diego Rancho Bernardo Area (San Diego, CA)
- Candlewood Suites Washington – Dulles Herndon (Herndon, Virginia)
The discounted rates are good for booking between September 29 – November 30, 2014. If you’re interested in booking any of these hotels or to see the complete list, be sure to check the IHG forum on Monday. Keep in mind that you can only book two reservations per hotel, a measure implemented by IHG to avoid mass speculative bookings. There is limited inventory for PointBreaks bookings, so if you find a hotel/date that works for you, you might want to book it before it’s gone. You can, of course, cancel later if your travel plans don’t work out.
If you’re short on IHG points and want to stock up quickly before Monday’s PointBreaks promotion goes live, you can do one of the following:
- Transfer Ultimate Rewards points to IHG points
- Buy points outright
- Buy points via Points + Cash (rather than outline this in detail, I’ll leave it to you to do a Google search for this)
The few times I’ve transferred Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, it has taken about a day, so keep that in mind if you’re considering a point transfer. It’s not always instant like your Ultimate Rewards transfers to United or Hyatt. Another thing to consider if you’re buying points or using Cash + Points is whether you’re ok with the points sitting in your account if you don’t get the booking you want. You can certainly put them to use the following quarter, but I’d be careful spending hundreds of dollars buying points in hopes of scoring a Pointbreaks hotel – especially if i’s a speculative booking and takes cash out of your travel budget.
What are your thoughts on IHG’s latest PointBreaks list? Are you going to book any of the properties on the list?
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