IHG PointBreaks back on Monday – now pricier but much improved!

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

For once, this is a genuine preview.  Only 35 hotel names have been revealed.  The full list of 200 will be published on Monday afternoon UK time.

PointBreaks is changing …..

Historically all PointBreaks rooms cost a flat 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.

This was a great deal, except for the teeny tiny fact that the selection of hotels had been getting progressively worse for the last couple of years.  If you were looking for a good deal in a major tourist centre then you were going to be disappointed – although it was handy if you wanted a weekend break in Doncaster.

Going forward things are changing.

The 35 hotels on the list below – plus all of the other hotels to be listed on Monday – will be available for between 5,000 and 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.

Looking at the list, the majority of HFP readers will be better off.  You won’t be saving quite as many points as before but you WILL be able to book hotels in places where you are likely to want to visit.  We are talking about good quality hotels in Helsinki, Kiev, Newark, Belgrade, Rome, Calgary, Kuala Lumpur, Berlin and (the edge of) London.

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 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.

I will publish the full list on Monday afternoon as soon as I get it.

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 on the hotel you want to check.

You will be able to book these hotels for dates up to 30th April.

InterContinental Kiev

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.

This is the preview list which has been shared by IHG.  Remember that you cannot book until early afternoon on Monday.

At 5,000 points:

At 10,000 points:

At 15,000 points:

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Comments

  1. You have to look at the reviews, as several people have said IHG hotels can be good or not so good and sometimes a newer HIEX is better than a Holiday Inn. Crowne Plaza are few and far between, London City CP is normally good if you can get it at a reasonable price and at the top end there is Intercontinental. Kimpton, which has just joined I can’t comment on as never used them.

  2. IC Kiev was on the list quite a few times at 5,000 points and is a great hotel. Still good value at 15,000 but not the steal it was!

  3. > 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.

    That’s not necessarily the case, if you stay and shorten your stay (so leave before the end of your booking), then one thing that can happen is that you have to pay one night at the rack rate and the rest of the points are refunded. The hotel sometimes waves that one night fee. It happened to be in CP Okayama, I got the points back for the remaining 5 days and didn’t have to pay anything. As an aside, CP Okayama is a really great hotel, best CP I’ve stayed in.

  4. Slightly off topic, I want to book the Intercontinental in Hong Kong for a night next January, anyone any tips on when is the best time to book and how to make the most of any points I could earn? We often use IHG hotels though I don’t think we have many points yet.

  5. Cquahil says:

    Bit OT but could be relevant if you have already booked a PB hotel. I booked an IHG property in SF some time ago. At the time the hotel was 40k points per night. It’s just gone up to 50k per night. I need to change the dates does anyone know what points I will get back if I cancel and then rebook the original 40k or the value now, 50k.

  6. *drums fingers* *shuffles papers* *checks if Points breaks are loaded at last* *drums fingers……*

  7. It’s live, just the page hasn’t been updated – search any of the hotels on the list and they are discounted!

  8. wetboy1uk says:

    The list is there now. Can’t personally see how it is much improved on the old version though. Nothing that inspires me to make a booking. Each to their own though I suppose.

  9. use this link
    https://www.ihg.com/rewardsclub/content/us/en/redeem-rewards/pointbreaks?

    the earlier one was the specific preview page

    • Andrew M says:

      Got it now. I was looking at the correct page. It must have been a browser problem. It displayed the new hotels when I changed browser.

  10. Charlie says:

    What a depressing list for the UK and Europe, are they for real?

  11. The Holiday Inn Nola – Naples Vulcano Buono was on the last list I’, sure for 5000 points. I agree with earlier comments that navigation to the right page time wasn’t very clear.

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