New IHG 5,000 point ‘PointBreaks’ list announced – book from Monday!

Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions via its private online community.

All of these hotels are available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night – saving up to 45,000 points on InterContinental redemptions.

PointBreaks availability is very limited so book ASAP if you are interested, as soon as bookings open up on Monday.  Bookings are refundable as with a standard reward reservation.  IHG works on US time so I would not expect the offer to be available until mid-afternoon in the UK.

You can book via the IHG PointBreaks page here or via the standard booking page here.  If the PointBreaks page has not yet been updated, it does not necessarily mean that the special deals below will not already be bookable – do a search to check.

(Remember that you can currently earn a huge number of bonus points from a super-cheap one night stay at your local Holiday Inn Express, using the codes I have been publishing recently.  You could turn one cheap stay for cash into four or more PointBreaks nights!  This is the power of this hobby when you really get it working for you.

You can also get 40,000 IHG points by signing up for their £99 credit card via this link.  You also get Platinum status with IHG as an unadvertised benefit, so the 8 x 5,000 point nights you get with your bonus may even get upgraded!)

Book each night as a separate reservation if your plans are not firm, as any change to your booking will result in it being repriced.  For example, if you want a Friday to Monday stay but it later turns out that you can’t get there until Saturday, you CANNOT simply cancel the Friday night.  This would result in a repricing at the full rate (up to 10x higher!).  And not arriving until the Saturday would see your reservation already cancelled for a ‘no show’ on Friday.  Booking each night separately avoids this.

You will be able to book these hotels for dates up to March 31st.

PointBreaks

The preview list is available below.  To be honest, there is nothing on it that instantly grabbed my attention.  (I’ve been to Barnsley, you’re not missing much.)

However, as usual, if there is a property on the list that coincides with somewhere you want to go, you’ve got a bargain!

The list:

United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Barnsley M1, JCT .37

Holiday Inn Express Braintree

Holiday Inn Coventry-South

Holiday Inn Northampton West M1, JCT 16

Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury

Holiday Inn Express Swindon City Centre

Holiday Inn Walsall M6, JCT. 10

Holiday Inn Darlington-A1 Scotch Corner

Holiday Inn Express Leicester-Walkers Stadium

Europe

Czech Republic

Holiday Inn Prague Airport

France

Holiday Inn Mulhouse

Holiday Inn Toulouse Airport

Germany

Holiday Inn Berlin City E-Landsberger

Slovakia

Holiday Inn Trnava

Spain

Holiday Inn Express Algeciras

Turkey

Crowne Plaza Ankara

Middle East & Africa

South Africa

Holiday Inn Sandton-Rivonia Road

Holiday Inn Express Pretoria-Sunnypark

Zimbabwe

Holiday Inn Bulawayo

Crowne Plaza Harare-Monomotapa

Egypt

Crowne Plaza Sahara Oasis Port Ghalib Resort

Lebanon

Staybridge Suites Beirut

Asia & the Pacific

People’s Republic of China

InterContinental Beijing Beichen

Crowne Plaza Shenzhen Longgang City Centre

Crowne Plaza Yichang

Holiday Inn Changbaishan

Holiday Inn Nantong Oasis International

Holiday Inn Taicang City Centre

Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Jinsha

Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan

Holiday Inn Datong City Centre

Holiday Inn Express Tianjin City Centre

Cambodia

InterContinental Phnom Penh

India

Holiday Inn Jaipur

Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini

Indonesia

Crowne Plaza Semarang

Japan

ANA Wakkanai

Holiday Inn Sendai

Vanuatu

Holiday Inn Vanuatu

Americas

Canada

Holiday Inn Express Fort Saskatchewan

Holiday Inn Express Slave Lake

Holiday Inn Osoyoos

Staybridge Suites Guelph

Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa Plz Chaudiere

Argentina

InterContinental Mendoza

Brazil

Holiday Inn Sao Luis

Chile

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt

Colombia

Crowne Plaza Suites Tequendama Bogota

Guatemala

Crowne Plaza Guatemala

Honduras

Holiday Inn Express San Pedro Sula

Paraguay

Crowne Plaza Asuncion

Mexico

Holiday Inn Mexico Buenavista

Crowne Plaza Villahermosa, Tab.

Holiday Inn Express Nuevo Laredo

Holiday Inn Orizaba

Holiday Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez

United States

Alabama

Candlewood Suites Birmingham/Homewood

Arkansas

Holiday Inn Express El Dorado

Holiday Inn Express Hope

Candlewood Suites West Little Rock

Holiday Inn Express Pine Bluff

Arizona

Holiday Inn Express Florence

Holiday Inn Express Green Valley

California

Holiday Inn Express Carlsbad Beach

Staybridge Suites Sacramento Airport Natomas

Holiday Inn Express Santa Nella

Holiday Inn Express West Sacramento-Capitol Area

Colorado

Holiday Inn Express Lamar

Connecticut

Crowne Plaza Southbury

Florida

Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville-Blount Island

Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes

Georgia

Hotel Indigo Athens-University Area

Holiday Inn Express Douglas

Staybridge Suites Atlanta Airport

Iowa

Holiday Inn Express Le Mars

Holiday Inn Express Sheldon

Idaho

Holiday Inn Express Boise West-Meridian

Illinois

Holiday Inn Express Crestwood

Holiday Inn Effingham

Candlewood Suites Peoria at Grand Prairie

Indiana

Holiday Inn Express Aurburn-Touring Dr

Candlewood Suites Louisville North

Candlewood Suites Indianapolis

Holiday Inn Express Logansport

Kansas

Candlewood Suites Emporia

Candlewood Suites Kansas City-Overland Park

Kentucky

Holiday Inn Express Campbellsville

Louisiana

Holiday Inn Express Amite

Candlewood Suites Lake Charles-Sulphur

Massachusetts

Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside

Maryland

Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen-Chesapeake House

Michigan

Candlewood Suites Kalamazoo

Holiday Inn Express Lapeer

Staybridge Suites Detroit-Utica

Mississippi

Staybridge Suites Jackson

Montana

Holiday Inn Express Belgrade

Holiday Inn Express Browning

North Carolina

Holiday Inn Greensboro Airport

Crowne Plaza Hickory

Holiday Inn Express Hillsborough (Durham Area)

Holiday Inn  Express Plymouth

Nebraska

Holiday Inn Express Lincoln South

New Hampshire

Crowne Plaza Nashua

New Jersey

Holiday Inn Budd Lake-Rockaway Area

Staybridge Suites Cranbury-South Brunswick

Holiday Inn Express Haskell-Wayne Area

Crowne Plaza Monroe South Brunswick

New Mexico

Holiday Inn Express Belen

New York

Holiday inn Middletown-Goshen

Ohio

Holiday Inn Express Dayton-Huber Heights

Holiday Inn Mansfield-Conference Center

Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport

Oklahoma

Candlewood Suites Bartlesville East

Holiday Inn Express El Reno

Candlewood Suites Tulsa

Crowne Plaza Tulsa-Southern Hills

Pennsylvania

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Bucks County

Holiday Inn Express Selinsgrove

Holiday Inn Express West Chester

South Caroina

Holiday Inn Express Spartanburg-North

Tennessee

Holiday Inn Express Alcoa (Knoxville Airport)

Holiday Inn Express Millington-Memphis Area

Texas

Holiday Inn Express Alvarado

Candlewood Suties Amarillo-Western Crossing

Holiday Inn Express Center

Candlewood Suties Corpus Christi-Spid

Holiday Inn Express Elgin

Holiday Inn Hou Energy Corridor Eldridge

Candlewood Suties La Porte

Holiday Inn Express Austin NW-Lakeway

Holiday Inn Express Rio Grande City

Staybridge Suites Midvale

Virginia

Holiday Inn Petersburg North-Fort Lee

Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg North

Washington

Holiday Inn Express Tacoma South-Lakewood

Wisconsin

Holiday Inn Express Beloit

Candlewood Suites Milwaukee Brown Deer

Crowne Plaza Madison

Holiday Inn Express St. Croix Valley

West Virginia

Holiday Inn Express Logan

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Comments

  1. After the bookinh shambles they had by preannouncing list last time you would think they would not have done it again. I missed out on chance to get Phuket costing me about £600 as a result. Previously I never failed to get a pointsbreak I wanted. It is good practice to book reward nights one at a time however if the last PB shambles is repeated then doing so at the morepopular hotels may mean you will not get all the nights you require.

  2. “You will be able to book these hotels for dates up to March 31st.”

    I need to book a number of nights in April. A loyal Hilton guest, I never paid much attention to these PointBreaks, but as I’ve earned a number of IHG points through their recent promos, I wanted to stay in some of their properties for a change (sorry, Hilton…).

    Now it turns out that I would have to wait for the next PointBreaks list which will hopefully cover April – is that going to be published at the end of March?

    • Yes, will be the last week of March

      • Are the PointBreaks time periods consistant, or do they frequently differ, ie last time it was for a 3 month period, Nov, Dec & Jan. This release is only for 2 months – Feb & March. A shame as I was hoping to get something now for April :(

  3. I have a question about the IHG price guarantee they offer. They say:

    “Every hotel reservation booked through an IHG web site is guaranteed to have the lowest room price (room rate) or total room cost (including all taxes and fees) publicly available on the internet or IHG will provide the first night’s room price free and match the lower average nightly room price found for that stay for the rest of the nights of that stay (subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Guarantee).”

    But Expedia constantly has better rates for IHG hotels than the IHG website. Am I missing something here? Is there something in the small print that will make my claim void?

    What if I’m only staying one night? Do they just give it to you free?! Surely not.

    • I’ve not often found cheaper rates than IHG’s own site. Do you have example? Expedia 10% voucher discounts wouldn’t count but otherwise, if the conditions match, yes they do honour it without being difficult.
      Last month we stayed 1 night in the CP Kensington for free and still got a Platinum upgrade to a duplex suite.

    • Yes, they give it you free. I know someone who has booked £30,000 of IHG free nights for himself and others, seriously.

      The reason I don’t write about it is that there is small print and if you are not 100% on the ball you get caught out. Even trickier, you now have to claim by email (you could previously call and get an on the spot comparison) and by the time they look at your email the comparable rate may have gone.

      I doubt those Expedia rates are lower. Expedia adds taxes and fees. It is almost unheard of to get best rate guarantee claims via them. It is usually via smaller websites like hotelhippo or some of the airline-run hotel sites. You will ONLY find a BRG when a hotel has broken the terms of its agreement with IHG and is secretly sneaking out rooms at a discount – this is why IHG gives you the room free, to punish the hotel. It is NOT a consumer friendly feature, IHG is paying you to do its dirty work for it in tracking down rogue properties.

      • Because you don’t pay IHG, you pay the hotel, and the hotel charges you in its home currency.

        If you must pay in £, you could always ask the hotel to use DCC… which is going to be more expensive even if you have to pay a 3% forex fee to your card.

        • I’m now looking at a pre paid rate with no cancellation (which of course is lower). So I’d be charging my debit card up front for it. I’m ok with this except for the tax issue.I can’t get a clear answer out of their chat support. Does anyone have experience with this?

          Booking a hotel in say Chile, but you’re a foreign national, the way it reads you shouldn’t have to pay the 19% tax. Is that correct in practice?

          • neuromancer says:

            It was correct as of 3 years ago, and I’m not aware of any changes. But you have to pay in foreign currency, not chilean pesos, and they may reprice it from pesos using an approximate rate, certainly not a big loss compared to 19% tax.

          • One of the rare situations when DCC is desirable!

          • Thank you for the info. I’ll probably book this through the IHG website as I’ve got a new member bonus thing on there, and I’ll let you know what happens with the tax.

            As it happens, I have a visa debit card which has no currency fees on it and no fixed charge either. So it’s probably better for me if they just set the currency and charge my card directly in it.

  4. Rather surprisingly the Holiday Inn Darlington-A1 Scotch Corner is a fantastic hotel. Great rooms, recognition of status and facilities

  5. Does anyone know what time on Monday the pointbreak sales normally start?

    • Sorry – just saw the answer in the article! (mid afternoon UK if anyone else missed it!)

  6. pazza2000 says:

    Pretty poor list for this time of year.

  7. Anyone have any experience booking PointBreaks for more than 2 in a room? I’m looking for a family of 4, yet while they advertise 5,000 points or £xx for the room, when it comes to checking availability, they have it if you pay, but not if you point. Do they only ever offer the max 2 people rooms in these offers, making them mostly pointless for me?

    • Most hotels only release standard rooms for awards, standard rooms usually only take 2 people (or fire regs stop them putting in more people). The normal thing to do is to book 2 rooms and ask for connecting ones, after first checking that the hotels does actually have connecting rooms. We have done this numerous times with no problems.

      (Once a hotel chose to upgrade us to rooms which did not connect, but they were happy to downgrade us again when asked!)

      • Thanks, Raffles. A shame it’s generally only the smallest options. But after this posting, I did search some more and found some room for 4 or even 6 in Staybridge and Candlewoods, and even an HI that did take 4 – but they were all in the US. Don’t seem to have decent size rooms or even PointBreak options where I wanna go. Oh well, if I’m gonna use these points, I guess it might have to be 2 rooms at double the cost (which makes the big Win only half as worthwhile), but without connecting rooms, it’s not really an option with 2 small kids.