Without question, PointBreaks are the most generous hotel redemption deal available.
There will be 150 or so hotels on the full list tomorrow afternoon. All of these hotels will be available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night – saving up to 45,000 points on InterContinental redemptions.
(Remember that you can get 60,000 IHG points by signing up for their £99 credit card via this link. You also get Platinum status with IHG as an extra benefit. The bonus would get you TWELVE free nights at any PointBreaks hotel and with your Platinum status you may even get upgraded!)
The biggest downside with PointBreaks is the random selection of hotels. If you want something in New York, Paris or London then forget about it. There have been plenty of gems in the past though, such as the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills resort in Cyprus (now reflagged) and the InterContinental Athens.
PointBreaks availability is very limited. I will post the full list as soon as it is available on Wednesday afternoon. Bookings are refundable as with a standard reward reservation. The list of properties will be shown here on the IHG website although they are usually bookable for a few hours before the list appears. Don’t get confused by the old list – you are looking for the list which runs until May.
Note that 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!). Not arriving until the Saturday would see your reservation already cancelled for a ‘no show’ on Friday.
There is a limit of two bookings (of any length) per person per hotel during each PointBreaks period.
You will be able to book these hotels for dates up to May 31st.
The 10 hotels which we know will be on the list are:
- InterContinental Lhasa Paradise, Lhasa, XZ, China
- Crowne Plaza Suites Tequendama Bogota, Colombia
- Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum Costa Rica
- Holiday Inn Genoa City, Genova, Italy
- Holiday Inn Express Tampa-Anderson Rd/Veterans Exp, Florida, United States
- Staybridge Suites West Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Candlewood Suites Bloomington, Indiana, United States
I told you it was an eclectic list.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to a simple fact – if there is a hotel on the list in a place you need or want to go, you’ve got a bargain. Even if that place is Doncaster.
Someone I know with a very flexible diary booked himself into a Crowne Plaza beach resort for a month via PointBreaks last year. It’s the sort of thing I would be tempted to do myself if I could work remotely and didn’t have family commitments.
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