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BOOK NOW: 95 new IHG PointBreaks hotel redemptions for just 5,000 to 15,000 points!

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IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) has just published its new list of heavily discounted PointBreaks redemptions.

You can book these hotels for stays until 31st August.

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

PointBreaks has changed …..

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 changed last year.

The 95 hotels on the list below are priced at between 5,000 and 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night. In general the quality of hotels included has gone up since the 5,000 point cap was removed, although at the end of the day it always depends on how the list fits around your travel plans.

What are the PointBreaks highlights?

Not surprisingly the better deals are at the 15,000 points level.  What is surprising this time is the large number of UK hotels – and some of them are pretty good.

Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment is a recent opening which we haven’t visited yet.  The location is a bit odd – it advertises itself as 10 minutes to Vauxhall underground station, which is not exactly a selling point – but for 15,000 points per night across the Summer you won’t go wrong.

(EDIT: the PointBreaks allocation here sold out quickly on Tuesday evening.)

The two Manchester hotels are new. I visited the Hotel Indigo before it opened (click here) and it looked great.  I reviewed the Staybridge Suites here.  15,000 points is a good deal here.

At 10,000 points per night, you can’t argue about Holiday Inn Express London – Newbury Park (on the Central Line), Holiday Inn Express London – Wimbledon South (directly opposite Colliers Wood tube) or, near Heathrow, Holiday Inn London – Heathrow M4, Jct.4.

We don’t have any experience of any of the European hotels except for Crowne Plaza Lille which is next to the Eurostar station and which Rob says was impressive when it opened (this is a few years ago).  Crowne Plaza Porto could be interesting for a weekend break and offers real value at 10,000 points.

How to book a PointBreaks room

PointBreaks availability is 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 are able to book these hotels for dates up to 31st August.

If you are trying to book a reward night for a date up to 31st August and it is pricing at the full rate, the hotel has sold its allocation of PointBreaks nights.

Crowne Plaza Manchester Oxford Road lounge review

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 list of hotels has been deleted as many of the links are now dead)

Comments (94)

  • HayMow says:

    * HIEx Dartford is just off the M25 very near the Dartford Crossing/Tunnel, so could be handy for a shopping trip featuring Bluewater on same side of Thames or Thurrock Lakeside through the tunnel, or visiting north Kent – just make sure you take the turning for the hotel so don’t end up heading into the tunnel! It’s not near shops walkable stuff I don’t think (some way out of Dartford town centre) and simply a functional HIEx though with free parking.
    * HIEx Essen is pleasant enough – very near a shiny new and popular (in DE) shopping centre, city centre is v. walkable but not much there apart from a lot of shops. Mongo’s is a quirky restaurant near HIEx with unusual approach to Mongolian bbq. We used it for a mattress run with 2nd night in HI Essen 5 mins walk away, then drove to the Zollverein former iron works (UNESCO, has a Red Dot design museum too – first museum my husband’s ever wanted to spend more time in!) and to Wuppertal to ride on the unique hanging monorail railway. I guess you could fly to Dusseldorf or Cologne/Bonn and get the train.

    • John says:

      The Schwebebahn is closed until at least August due to an accident last year. You can also go by Eurostar.

      I think HIX Dartford is a motorway hotel intended for people driving to France

      • HayMow says:

        Didn’t know about the Schwebebahn being out of action – thanks, John.

      • Lady London says:

        You are correct but I gather a lot of people use it for Bluewater shopping too.

      • HayMow says:

        At any rate, both have been useful for mattress runs! 🙂

  • APPL says:

    There are currently some Premium Economy flights on BA LGW-TPA for £393. I think they’re only bookable on TravelUp. Some dates available in June, so worked perfectly for me with these Florida hotels, in case they decide to cancel the tickets.

    • Rob says:

      New York (NYC) – £431
      Boston (BOS) – £440
      Toronto (YYZ) – £428
      Vancouver (YVR) – £508
      Las Vegas (LAS) – £508
      Los Angeles (LAX) – £478
      San Francisco (SFO) – £480
      Tampa (TPA) – £399
      Denver (DEN) – £440
      Miami (MIA) – £460
      Austin (AUS) – £431

      Sep-March, not bookable via BA.com, only some OTAs. May be cancelled as manifestly an error.

  • Iain Riley says:

    Rib, FYI, Re Avios increase USA is still pricing at 7500 not 9000, I know this is the wrong page but you deleted this mornings updates