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BOOK THIS AFTERNOON: New IHG PointBreaks list of 100 x 5,000 point hotels

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I ran the list of new IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) PointBreaks redemptions on Saturday.  I am running it again today for those people who don’t check the site over the weekend, and as a reminder to everyone else that they are bookable from this afternoon.

PointBreaks rooms are a fantastic deal if they fit with your travel patterns.

All of the hotels below will be available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night, saving up to 25,000 points per night in some cases.

PointBreaks availability is very limited so book ASAP if you are interested. Bookings are refundable as with a standard reward reservation so there is nothing to lose.  IHG works on US time – they are meant to go live about 5pm UK time but are often there an hour or so earlier.  It could be 2pm based on recent lists.

You can book via the IHG PointBreaks page here or via the standard booking page hereIf 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 on the hotel you want to check.

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

Crowne Plaza Vilnius

You allowed a maximum of two bookings per individual hotel. Each booking can be for as many nights as you want.

Remember that if you attempt to amend your booking later by dropping a night or two the whole booking will reprice at the full rate.

Unfortunately, this is a very America-centric list.  Pickings are thin elsewhere.

As usual, it is an eclectic list.  The Holiday Inn Express in Croydon is well placed for Central London (10 minutes walk to East Croydon station and a very short train ride) or indeed Gatwick Airport which is on the same rail line.  We all have our individual travel schedules for the next three months and – if any of these hotels prove suitable for your itinerary – you’ve got a great deal.

The list:  (remember that you cannot book until early afternoon):

(The hotel list has been deleted as many links are now dead)


IHG Rewards Club update – January 2021:

Get bonus points: IHG is not currently running a global points promotion as of 1st January 2021.

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Comments (46)

  • I really struggle to find anything useful *for me* in Pointbreaks for a long time. Might head up to ABZ just for the chance to use them. Hire a car when up there.

    Does anyone know when the new BA lounge in ABZ is supposed to open?

  • Off topic, but the old Virgin Trains East Coast booking engine is supposed to be retired today and replaced with the one that’s currently in beta.

    I have a promo code for 30% off Virgin Trains East Coast fares details are here: http://saveecrewards.co.uk/promo

    This will only work for as long as the old booking engine remains up. This might be a few hours or it might be weeks if they decide the beta site is not ready.

    There is a limit to the amount of people who can use the promo code but I have no idea what it is.

    • Rob says:

      Ta, have another trip to book for early Sep. Currently sitting on a VTEC. (Why doesn’t VT wi-fi like Dropbox, by the way? Despite free wi-fi I need to tether my phone as Dropbox won’t work off it. Had the same issue on WC last week.)

      Booked current trip using the 20% Virgin Red app. I had foolishly linked by Virgin Red account to my Virgin Trains account, which immediately stopped me getting the discount codes! Had to delete the app and reinstall with a new account, and suddenly the 20% discount came back.

      • The hint for Virgin Red is if you have two phones then have one linked to all your Virgin accounts and another one where it’s not linked.

        The theory is the 20% offer is for new customers, you then take the offer, create an account with VTWC/EC and then link them up to Virgin Red and then the offer disappears.

        The 20% offer has been running pretty much from the beginning but only if you’re not linked.

        They do sometimes offer better offers if you’re linked, I’ve seen 30% and 40% before so that’s why it’s good to have both. Also VTWC gives you WiFi via Red if you’re linked, sometimes they’ve thrown up other offers as well for linked people such as a free hot drink in the Foodbar (only useful if standard), or a snack.

      • Andy S says:

        Drop box counts as file sharing, I guess they’re worried it will suck up their limited bandwidth

      • I think dropbox was a conscious block as they don’t want you downloading large files (streaming is also banned, although not all providers are). My workaround is connecting to the office VPN, but then that can be a bit flaky if the connection is slow.

        Most of these restrictions were put in before the 4G rollout so I think they should be revisited now.

      • Alan says:

        It’s because Dropbox has the potential to suck up huge amounts of bandwidth (similar to video streaming services), depending upon how long since you last synced and how much data is due to sync – they therefore block access to all these streaming services to try and maintain viable network speeds for all users.

    • I’ve been told on Twitter that the launch of the new website is now going to be tomorrow. So you can still use the promo code to get 30% off Virgin Trains East Coast (when I booked the railcard discounts worked on top of this, but they’re not supposed to).

      http://saveecrewards.co.uk/promo

      If anyone gets any promocodes for the new site that you don’t want I’ll distribute them to people who can use them, just DM me on Twitter or email: info (at) saveecrewards (dot) co (dot) uk

  • Gulz says:

    Will a pointsbreak booking count towards the accelerate promotion? Also, does anyone know if its possible to book a pointsbreak hotel via the app?

    • Genghis says:

      Only perhaps for specific points bookings – not sure if these exist, though?

  • Scottydogg says:

    Ive been collecting IHG points for about a year now and have found the Points Break options are always very poor

    • When they first started (or at least when I first heard of them), there was some amazing offers.

      ICs I’ve stayed in on point breaks have been Nairobi, Athens and Amman. There used to be plenty more ICs participating too, but I was either too slow or unable to make it on those dates. The IC redemptions always got snapped up quickly. I stayed in Amman for a month, I had a project I could work remotely and it actually worked well for me. I was Royal Ambassador status at the time and got upgrades and lounge access so it was a nice environment to work from.

      There was numerous Crowne Plazas around Europe that I stayed in too, but for the past few years, there’s nothing that has inspired me.

      I agree with Rob on the HIX Croydon being a great deal if you need to be in London. Although Croydon is not my first choice of place to be in London the transport connections are great.

  • Gavin says:

    Agree, but have got decent 2 redemptions lined up for the in-laws when they visit next month – 30000 points / room at the nearby, modern HI Reading M4 Junction 10 when the cash price is £171.00

    Points beats cash here as I can’t really find any decent redemption options to use myself

  • S879 says:

    Can you book Points break rooms for family i.e. not be there at all?

    • I’ve done so before (quite a few years ago so policy may have changed). Not sure of the rules, but to be on the safe side I emailed the hotel and checked it was OK. Back then I was told that it was OK to book for others but the hotel wasn’t supposed to offer any status benefits.

      As it was a Holiday Inn I’d booked it’s hard to tell whether they got any status benefits or whether I’d have got any if staying!

  • Brasov says:

    Is there anything to do in Ipswich, or Zilina?

    • john says:

      Not particularly in Ipswich but you could use it as a base to explore some other bits of East Anglia. There are some nice little places around there e.g. Dedham

    • the real harry1 says:

      not really, couple of Indian & Chinese restaurants

      not too far from Cambridge

  • Mark e says:

    Slightly O/T – obtaining points by the ‘points and cash trick’

    I’ve noticed some variation on how much you can ‘buy’ points depending on hotel used. Using the Intercontinentals on Park Lane and the Amsterdam Amstel the values are different.

    Amstel
    5000 45 dollars
    1000 75 dollars
    15000 104 dollars
    20000 130 dollars

    Park Lane
    5000 35 dollars
    1000 65 dollars
    1500 94 dollars
    2000 120 dollars

    Doing a points and cash for 120 dollars then cancelling at Park Lane is the most effective way but a couple of questions spring to mind.

    Is there a better value location to do this trick at? Was the Amstel rates the same as Park Lane once? Is there a trend here from IHG to put all of the points and cash rates up?

    • HayMow says:

      The P+C rates seem to be varying a lot hotel to hotel even in the same town. Your $120 for 20k equates to $30 for 5k which is the best I’ve seen earlier today, eg. for Crowne Plaza Annapolis & some others. So if you didn’t want/need to buy 20k you could get 5/10/15k at the same rate from that hotel