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IHG PointBreaks hotel redemptions are 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.

InterContinental Kiev

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)

IHG One Rewards update – June 2023:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is not currently running a global bonus points promotion.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

IHG One Rewards is offering an 80% bonus when you buy points by 7th June.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (88)

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  • JamesB says:

    It is also worth noting that reports elsewhere suggest that the new 10,000 and 15,000 pointbreaks can be booked for points and cash.

  • David TC says:

    Is this site sponsored by IHG? Every day there seems to be yet another article!

    • Rob MC says:

      Do these count towards accelerate targets?

    • The Original Nick says:

      What would it matter if it was?

    • Mike L says:

      And what if it was ?. He sends out 3 emails a day sometimes covering multiple topics. They are all relevant to someone but not all. Some suit my travel needs and others don’t, including IHG but I quickly skim over the article and disregard. The guy is doing his best.

    • Tony says:

      @David – an uncalled for slur really. In January Rob has written about IHG 7 times. 2 main articles containing important news about the scheme and 5 smaller articles in the Bits section of the site. The HfP readership is made up of many who are part of IHG reward scheme and obviously Rob alerts them to any news affecting that scheme.
      As always, it’s blog with free tips and info. It’s not cost you anything to access that so if the site’s not for you then you’re free to look elsewhere.

      • Arnold says:

        Hardly a slur. Sponsored articles / blogs are hardly unusual. It’s a fair question – this site has clearly progressed from an independent blog to a notable travel site with plenty of cooperation with hotel/travel chains.

      • Callum says:

        While I agree with the sentiments, you lot need to get a room!

    • Rob says:

      I have done this for 6 years now. Hilton and IHG stuff is very popular, Starwood and Hyatt stuff not popular (but we cover it anyway), Accor and Marriott middling.

      If you want less IHG, stop pushing up the page views on the articles 🙂

      Starwood and Hyatt actually get disproportionate coverage compared to reader interest and chain size.

      • Jon says:

        I’d like to see more Club Carlson articles as I like their hotels.(Park Plaza and Radissons – I know Rob mentioned he likes the Westminster Bridge outpost) They also have relatively generous redemption from Amex MR. I’m going to click the next Carlson article 10,000 times to bump up the page views 😀

        • Michael Jennings says:

          There are two other Park Plaza hotels (County Hall and Waterloo) so close to Westminster Bridge that I am not sure that “outpost” is quite the word.

        • Michael Jennings says:

          I am with Jon in liking Club Carson hotels, but they don’t have the worldwide reach of IHG, Hilton, or a couple of the other groups. They do have a very good portfolio of hotels in London, but this is of limited use to those of us who live here.

        • DS says:

          They are also building a new one next door to Radisson blu hampshire

        • Michael Jennings says:

          Lots of construction going on at Leicester Square, too. Is that a new hotel or an extension of the one that is there already?

          • Rob says:

            Not clear, I wondered the same last week when I passed it. I would guess it would be separate as it will bear little relation to the Hampshire.

      • thomas says:

        : )

      • Alan says:

        Surprised at lack of reader interest in Starwood – although their status benefits aren’t amazing the sign-up bonus on the card is decent and SPG points have a good variety of redemption options.

        • Crafty says:

          Never come across a hotel of theirs without expressly seeking them out.

    • Paul says:

      It because IHG are being proactive in current promotions and being well covered here.

      I for one appreciate this coverage.

  • Leo says:

    The points world is getting smaller in the UK. Two of the main, easiest ways to collect is via the IHG credit card, and the accelerate program. It’s similar to why Tesco is mentioned a lot more than say Morrisons – Tesco is simply more relevant. By making that comment about IHG being mentioned a lot really just shows a fundamental ignorance of the state of the points world to be blunt.

  • Michael Jennings says:

    Rob makes his money by getting commission in various ways when people obtain flights, hotels, credit cards and other items after reading about them on the site. We all know this. This is completely fine.

    • JamesB says:

      Last time I checked, we are all still paying hard cash for the BBC. Despite this it neither makes or saves me money, and I am sure that were I to give them feedback or make a complaint the most likely responsevwould be meaningless. By contrast, HFP costs me nothing, saves and makes me useful amounts of money, allows me to travel in greater comfort, Rob invests huge energy in responding to everbodies comments and needs, and interacting with the HFP community is for the most parr, entertaining, rewarding and enjoyable. I know which media I prefer, so i fully agree with you and I hope Rob makes a mint out if HFP.

      • John W says:

        O\T. Thanks for the BA calculator . Went back to the article yesterday as I discovered I needed it and read about it in the last week but didn’t download at the time ????

      • Anna says:

        +1. Trickle down economics in action ????

      • Fenny says:

        I pay the BBC as much hard cash as I pay for HfP. But one has significantly better content than the other 🙂

        • Callum says:

          The BBC? As much as I love this site its beyond absurd to claim it’s better than the BBC!

          I’ve always found the Rob fan club on here a bit creepy too!

        • Mr Dee says:

          I would pay HFP over the BBC everyday!

        • Fenny says:

          Merely pointing out that we don’t all pay hard cash to the BBC. I can’t watch the few things that I may think worth the effort and really don’t think it’s a gap in my life.

        • the_real_a says:

          Not absurd to me Callum. My time reading HFP is significantly more than i watch the BBC. In fact i cant remember the last program i did watch.

  • Claire says:

    Does anyone know how many times a year IHG do this pointbreaks promotion? I don’t need to book rooms before April 30th am looking to book Oct/Nov 18 – thanks 🙂

  • Doug M says:

    Would that be Newbury Park in the LONDON Borough of Redbridge?
    London goes east as well as west. It’s not the nicest place in the world, but this hotel is right by the station on the Central Line and you’d be into the City or West End very quickly, say 30 mins to Holborn with no changes, for anyone looking for a cheap London option this would be fine.

    • John says:

      Is London Southend Airport in London? I say 30% of Newbury Park residents still consider themselves to be living in Essex.

      • Doug M says:

        This is a debate that can just run and run, and you’re right that a significant number of people living there would consider it Essex, probably more so those that are older. It was the mid 60’s when those boroughs were created. But ‘Nowhere near London’ is not helpful for a hotel technically in London.
        Southend can do what it pleases, if the London label helps it work great, but it’s clearly and absolutely as outside London as Newbury Park is inside.

  • The Original Nick. says:

    Exactly, and I have been reading since you started the site Rob. I’ve found you and your website very useful so if these people don’t like it they can look elsewhere. Good luck to them if they do.

  • RussellH says:

    Surprising to me that that is IHG’s ‘teaser’ list! It is presumably the same whether one lives in the UK or in Chile or in New Zealand??

    Surely they could have come up with a range of regional teasers which would be more inclined to excite some interest for a trip away fairly locally ie a European list for Europe, a north American list for there and so on.

    Rob, do you know how these are funded? Do IHG still pay the standard points value, or do they twist hotels arms to take part?

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