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As I briefly mentioned yesterday, the brand new IHG PointBreaks list is out for bookings and stays through July 31, 2016, and this is always big news in the miles and points world as hotels that typically go for 20,000, 30,000, or more IHG points per night drop down to just 5,000 points per night.
Effectively using points is the hardest part of the earning and burning equation, and using just 5,000 points per night for a hotel room is an amazing way to stretch your points – heck, book two rooms and spread the family out a bit!
To it in perspective, if you buy IHG points via the current Daily Getaways sale at just $0.00565 (just over 1/2 a cent) each, then at 5,000 points per night you are paying just $28.25 per hotel night when staying at a PointBreaks hotel. That is a great value, and if you have IHG points that you earned “for free” then obviously the deal is even sweeter.
The downside to the PointBreaks list is that it is seemingly random and the odds that a hotel you need on the date you want is on the list isn’t great, though of course that does happen. I think a more fun way to use PointBreaks is to let them be your guide to an extent. If you have the flexibility, it isn’t a terrible idea to find a hotel or two on the list that will work for your family and make a trip out of that deal, even if just for a long weekend or a stopover on a road trip. Remember it is usually the destination you are after, not a”luxurious” Holiday Inn Express or similar.
Also remember if you have the co-branded IHG credit card you get 10% of your redeemed points back making the deal even sweeter. Here are a few hotels that jump out at me as interesting on the current list…
Holiday Inn Plattsburgh (Adirondack Area)
This hotel is in an area that is great in the summer near Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh City Beach, and Ausable Chasm. We stayed in the area (though at a VRBO house) a few summers ago and it was a great family destination. Being able to stay for just 5,000 points per night in the summer months instead of the regular 30,000 points is insane, and I don’t think your family could go wrong spending a few days in this part of the country.
Candlewood Suites Corpus Christi
As far as Texas beaches go, Corpus Christi is one of the nicer ones and there are some other family friendly activities in the area such as the Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington and Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. This hotel isn’t far from many of those activities, so it can make total sense at just 5,000 points per night instead of the normal 15,000.
Crowne Plaza Madison
I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but heading north away from the southern states in the summer just sounds smart, especially when a Crowne Plaza makes the PointBreaks list at just 5,000 points per night instead of the regular 25,000 points per night.
Holiday Inn Express Pensacola West – Navy Base
Whether you have ties to the Naval Base, or just want to stay seven miles from Pensacola Beach, this property could be a great deal during the summer at 5,000 points per night instead of the regular 25,000.
Holiday Inn Express Luzern Switzerland
The PointBreaks list has not only US hotels, but also international properties where you can take advantage of paying with points in traditionally expensive locations. The Holiday Inn Express Luzern jumped out me because anything that is a deal in Switzerland is worthy of a mention. This property usually goes for 30,000 points per night, but via PointBreaks it is just 5,000 points per night.
Not that most of us probably need convincing that Switzerland is worth a visit, but here are some activities to do in and around Luzern. The countryside, the lake, views of the mountains… just $28.25 per night.
Do any of the new PointBreaks jump out at you as being good for summer family travel?
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