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BOOK NOW: 200 IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks hotels (some decent!) bookable

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IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) published the new list of PointBreaks redemptions last night.

These hotels can be booked for stays until 30th April.

These hotels are now bookable via ihg.com.  Popular hotels will use up their allocation of reduced price rooms quickly, so book now if you are interested.  As with all IHG Rewards Club reward nights, you can cancel without penalty at any point and get your points back.

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.

This has now changed.

The 200 hotels on the list below are priced at 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.

If you want a weekend break closer to home, the Crowne Plaza Five Lakes Resort near Colchester is worth a look.

The Holiday Inn Express London Wandsworth is virtually Central London, although the location leaves a LOT to be desired.  It is opposite the municipal tip for a start!  It is also nowhere near a tube station although a mainline station is only a couple of minutes away (across a monstrous road).

PointBreaks availability is very limited so book ASAP if you are interested.

You can book via the IHG PointBreaks page here or via the standard booking page here.

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

If you are short of points, you can currently buy them with a bonus of up to 75% via this link.

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 may reprice at the full rate.

Click through the link to learn more about any specific hotel:

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

Comments (86)

  • wetboy1uk says:

    Some decent hotels! – someone like to point out where? I always like to loo on headforpoints to see what offers are out there but I must agree with some peoples previous posts – there never seems to be a bad word said against IHG even when they devalue and their offers are poor as opposed to BA where they get slagged off quite often

    • Rob says:

      Not sure what you were expected? IC Park Lane for 15,000 points? IHG is basically selling you a Central London HIX for £60 a night, pretty much any night you want it between now and the end of April. If that isn’t a good deal I’m not sure what is, assuming you’re happy with a HIX.

      • shd says:

        Would you pick at HIX at £60 over – say – a Premier Inn at £40?

        Especially if the HIX is opposite the tip, I’m not sure that I would!

        • Rob says:

          No £40 Premier Inns in Central London!

        • shd says:

          Rob, try searching!

          I found Premier Inn London Clapham at £42.50 on 5 March

          To save time, next post you’ll point out it’s not very central. After that I’ll then point out that neither is the HIX! 🙂

        • Charlie says:

          The problem with this low pricing at Premier Inn, is that it’s usually only for 1 night, like a Sunday. The Saturday or Monday, or any other day that week is often double.

          Yes, if you are staying in London on exactly Sunday 5th March for 1 night only, then of course take the Premier Inn. But any stay outside these parameters and your point in invalid.

    • will says:

      The alternative of course is to have no points break offers. While they may be relatively obscure I think we should be grateful for the choice they present. Hilton, for example, don’t offer points break offers ever – for that alone IHG deserves some credit.

      • Michael Jennings says:

        Hilton do have hotels that are 5,000 points all the time, though.

      • Cate says:

        Well I’m not sure grateful is the best term after all we are paying for a product from a service provider. IHG haven’t released these properties out of the goodness of their hearts but because they don’t think they’ll get enough paying customers through the door. They are selling you something at a reduced price because they can’t shift them just like a shop sells off stuff at a reduced price at the end of the day. Now If they released space at a top IC’s like Hong Kong or IC Madrid then I would consider them in a better light but they won’t because they know in this quater they can probably can fill them with cash paying customers.

        As for Hilton well they often release 5000, 10000 and 15,000 point properties which, with your diamond status, include breakfast and executive lounge access.

      • william merrett says:

        Agree that the hilton 5k properties are outstanding value, especially if you are gold/diamond on a 5 for 4.

        For balance though there are lots and lots of IHG’s at 10k points all year round, no black out dates and if you choose the right option when you renew ambassador you get a 10% rebate on all points stays up to 100k rebate per year. Plus IHG points are incredibly easy to buy ad hoc.

        Add in points breaks and I personally think they can be a fantastic deal. It depends on your travel patterns but last year I had 4 separate stays in IHG hotels where an event was on at the location and paid at most 1/3 in points what the advance cash rate was, and that was valuing the points at what they can be purchased for.

        For reference an excellent resource (I assume its accurate but not checked):
        http://www.awardomatic.com/

    • Brian says:

      I’d say the Holiday Inn Nice is decent. Hard to find chain hotels there, so it’s a bargain at 15K points. When I stayed there once, they upgraded me to the suite at the top, and this was on a points booking. Likewise Crowne Plaza in Berlin – also worth staying at for that price.

      Remember also that points bookings can be cancelled for free, so the cash rate you compare with should be the flexible one.

    • @mkcol says:

      @Rob I’m not seeing the Hilton Taba anymore on their site. It keeps trying to sell me Aqaba. Has it been removed from Hilton?

  • Phil says:

    OT – Any initial thoughts on Curve? Has anyone received the card yet?

    • Tracy says:

      still sitting at 4927 people ahead of me, applied 2 weeks ago….and invited friends to join to jump the queue lol

      • Phil says:

        The queue seems to be moving slowly these days!

        • Andrew says:

          I got in initially when there were about 50k people ahead of me just over two weeks ago. I didn’t refer anyone and jumped about 40k places mid-January. I think I read that they’re sending out a batch of cards mid-February so hopefully we’ll all be in that batch.

  • Anna says:

    OT – has anyone booked an open jaw flight with BA for cash (e.g. into New York, home from Miami)? Does BA charge a huge premium for this like with one way tickets?

    • Rhys says:

      I’ve bookedinto New Orleans and out of New York in CW and that seemed to be the same price as a normal return (and definitely not the crazy one-way pricing).

    • Lyn says:

      Anna, in my experience BA usually seem to charge the average of the return prices for the two different routes when you book an open jaw, at least in economy.

      • Anna says:

        Thanks both of you, did you have to call them to do this?

        • Lyn says:

          No, online should work fine. Just choose the multi-city option and put the two flights in with their dates. You can check dates for the best prices ahead of time by pretending to book separate returns to the two places. Then just halve them for each one way and add the two together and this is what it should cost.

        • Anna says:

          ????

    • shd says:

      For a normal open-jaw, typically this would be priced up as two half round trip fares, not two one-way fares.

  • Tracy says:

    O/T as no bits today, OH applied for Amex Gold 5 days ago, via a plat referral by me. Gold card arrived today, added to OH amex a/c and he applied for supplementary card for me. The 3000 bonus points were in his MR account within minutes of the supplementary application. The bonus 18000 points were in my MR account today too, now transferred to Hilton for the targeted 50% bonus points. I am impressed.

    • Jtz says:

      Did you see an offer for the supplementary?
      I’m newly good too referred from plat by OH. He’s closed his account now and want to make him supplementary on mine. Called Amex and they said no offer currently?

  • Sandra says:

    We have booked into Vancouver and out of Toronto with them as after pricing up it was cheaper to book it as flight and hotel (holiday sale) than just flights alone. You don’t have too book a hotel for the full stay for it to work, we’ve only a couple of nights via BA, the rest we’re booking ourselves. You need to spend time searching and comparing!

    • Anna says:

      Good idea, we’re you able to book it online?

      • Anna says:

        Were – stupid auto correct!

      • Sandra says:

        Yes booked online a couple of weeks ago. Think it depends on a lot of factors such as number travelling, time etc. We are going peak school holiday in August & I noticed with a holiday booking the 16 YO is classed as a child (U17) but flight only is adult. If that makes a price difference with holiday I’m not sure!

  • Jane says:

    Anyone got any experience of the IC Nairobi? I was considering it for part of a trip next month but ended up choosing something else in the end. Might have to reconsider now as the decision was mostly based on price!

  • Chris says:

    Completely off topic:
    Does Curve have a hard stop built in to limit cash withdrawal to a certain amount per month?

    I use mine for business expenses and had a cash withdrawal failure today (I have never withdrawn more than a few tenners here and there before).

  • Harj says:

    O/T:

    Have flights booked (one way) on WTP via BA 241 (voucher was running out!). Now CW is available for same dates, are they able to amend my booking onto CW? Not sure that cancelling and rebooking would work as I’m sure my 241 has now expired! Anyone had similar experiences?

    • Matt says:

      Your 241 hasn’t expired, because you have to fly the outbound before the expiry date. Give BA a call, they should be able to sort you out. £35 pp cancellation fee to pay, plus the extra tax due on CW. (it will be a cancellation fee because it will be a cancel and rebook).

      • Harj says:

        Of course, had a panic as I remember when I booked a while back about expiration but it must have been just after I was flying.

        Thanks for clearing that up – now to wait for my Amex reward points to hit my BAEC and hope they don’t get booked!