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.
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:
- PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan
- MALAYSIA – Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
- INDIA: Holiday Inn Express Chennai Mahindra World City
- BRAZIL: Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi
- MEXICO: Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio
- PANAMA: Holiday Inn Panama Canal
- UNITED STATES: (Illinois): Holiday Inn Express Rolling Mdws-Schaumburg Area
- UNITED STATES (New York): Holiday Inn Rochester NY – Downtown
- UNITED STATES (Texas): Candlewood Suites Kenedy
- ITALY: Holiday Inn Nola – Naples Vulcano Buono
- TURKEY: Crowne Plaza Antalya
At 10,000 points:
- INDONESIA: Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali
- LAOS: Crowne Plaza Vientiane
- COLOMBIA: InterContinental Cali
- KENYA: InterContinental Nairobi
- MEXICO: Staybridge Suites Silao
- UNITED STATES (Oklahoma): Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oklahoma City North
- UNITED STATES (Utah): Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vernal – Dinosaurland
- UNITED STATES: (Virginia): Staybridge Suites Chantilly Dulles Airport
- UNITED STATES (Washington): Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham
- ITALY: Holiday Inn Rome – Aurelia
- UNITED KINGDOM: Holiday Inn Express London – Newbury Park (nowhere near London but on the tube!)
- SERBIA: Crowne Plaza Belgrade
At 15,000 points:
- JAPAN: ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima
- TAIWAN: Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park
- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
- BRAZIL: InterContinental Sao Paulo
- CANADA (Calgary): Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary
- UNITED STATES (New Jersey): Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown
- UNITED STATES: (North Dakota): Staybridge Suites Fargo
- UNITED STATES: (Texas): Crowne Plaza Suites Arlington – Ballpark – Stadium
- FINLAND: Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre
- GERMANY: Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz
- UKRAINE: InterContinental Kiev (photo above)
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)