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Has IHG Rewards Club killed PointBreaks, the 5,000 points hotel room redemptions?

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Monday should have been the day that IHG Rewards Club unveiled its latest list of PointBreaks redemptions.

PointBreaks – website here – is a quarterly promotion which offers around 100 to 150 IHG hotels at just 5,000 to 15,000 points each.  Standard rates can be as high as 50,000 points.  Whilst you will never find a Central London or Manhattan hotel on the list, there were good deals in suburban locations (Heathrow hotels appeared a lot recently, and there was a Candlewood Suites in New Jersey recently) and in Central Europe and Asia.

The list normally appears on the Monday before the current list ends, which in this case is 31st January.  However, Monday came and went.

Six Senses Istanbul bookable on IHG Rewards Club points

The Loyalty Lobby blog contacted IHG in the US and was told:

We do not have a new IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks promotion planned currently. However, our guests can take advantage of our current offers, City Lights (advisory attached) and the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card promotion. We look forward to sharing more details on other promotions in the coming weeks.

It isn’t clear that PointBreaks is gone for good, but it could be.

In truth, PointBreaks was IHG’s little gift for the miles and points community.  I doubt that anyone who doesn’t read frequent traveller websites even knew it existed.  They certainly wouldn’t have been waiting like a coiled spring for the new list to appear, ready to book a cheap holiday.  The best hotels tended to disappear from the list within 24-48 hours so the general public was just fighting over the scraps.

Interestingly, I have been told numerous times – including by hotel staff – that individual hotels did not control whether or not they appeared on PointBreaks.  They got paid the same by IHG regardless.  It seems to have been a lever used by IHG to bump up business at hotels which, for one reason or another, were not achieving the occupanies they were expecting.

It would be a shame to see PointBreaks go, but at the moment it does look like this is the case.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on 10 reasons to think about getting the FREE IHG Rewards Club Mastercard credit card.

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Comments (67)

  • Darren says:

    O/T,

    Talking of Singapore, I’ve found a decent rate for a stay in the Capella on room only, breakfast is £75 more. Are there any food options close by or would it work out better to pay in the property?

    Thanks

    • Shoestring says:

      you’re never far from excellent cheap food in Singapore

      • BJ says:

        In Sentosa??

        • Darren says:

          That’s my thoughts.

        • Darren says:

          It’s for a one nighter on the way back from SEA, so it might be better staying in the city…but it’s an overnight return and I need a late check out so it may be worth checking out the virtuoso benefits. Don’t have Platinum atm.

          • BJ says:

            I’d stay in the city, forget the late check out, get hotel to hold bags, make the most of your day in Singapore, tire yourself out doing so, and sleep all the way home. If you really want the late check out then compare the hotel option against the transit hotel option for a few hours. Don’t forget that Changi is probably the best airport bar none to while away a few hours.

          • Darren says:

            True, haven’t seen the Jewel yet. First stop is Singapore for a few days but it’s 20 yrs since I was in Sentosa hence the first question.

    • Rob says:

      There are a couple of beach bars and cafes but I don’t remember anything else within walking distance.

  • Clive says:

    Just a heads up my Marriott bonus from Amex has posted today

  • harry hv says:

    Personally I found the original 5000 point Pointsbreaks to be the single redeeming feature of IHG’s otherwise-feeble loyalty program, Even after the devaluation to 15,000 points it was still the only real perk at IHG and the UK always had a lot of offers. Surprised not to see more gnashing of teeth here and decamping to Hilton