New Hotels Available for 5k Points This Tuesday via IHG PointBreaks

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One of the very best deals in the ‘hotel points world’ are the IHG Rewards PointBreaks lists that make hotels available for just 5,000 points per night!  The list changes every few months and you never know if there will be anything you like on there or not, but it’s always worth a look.  And the “good” hotels always good very quickly!  I wanted to share a head’s up that the new PointBreaks list will be posted on Tuesday, May 27 for bookings and stays from May 27 to July 31, 2014 (subject to availability).

Here are a few hotels that IHG shared would be on the list:
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Bangkok- Lumpini Park, Thailand
  • Crowne Plaza Johannesburg-The Rosebank, South Africa
  • Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum, Costa Rica
  • Holiday Inn Hotel Laval- Montreal, Canada
  • Holiday Inn Hotel Frankfurt – Airport, Germany
  • Staybridge Suites Guadalajara Expo, Mexico

IHG Rewards points are actually on sale on Monday via the Daily Getaways for just .567 – .6 cents each if you pay with an American Express card.  This means that 5,000 points costs around $30.  Getting a hotel for $30 per night can be an incredible deal!


IHG Rewards also recently made a change to their PointBreaks terms that states “Due to the limited availability, each member may only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel during the special offer time period.”  This is actually a good change for most of us, as people were making one night reservations for virtually every day of the PointBreaks time frame at some of the “good” hotels in case they wanted to use them.  This would snap up availability, and then those folks would often end up not using most of the nights they booked, but they wouldn’t usually go back into PointBreaks availability when they were eventually cancelled.  You can still make two reservations per hotel, but you can’t book every night via one night reservations.

Good luck and let’s keep our fingers crossed for a good list on Tuesday!

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  1. What would be the point in making every reservation one night only?

    This shouldn’t stop me from booking an entire week as one reservation if I already know my dates, right?

    Thanks MP

  2. Phil, yes you can absolutely still do that. That’s what they want people to be able to do. Folks would book in one night increments because say you decide you actually only need 4 of those 7 nights for the week. You probably wouldn’t be able to adjust your 7 night reservation down to 4 nights as it would reprice at the non PointBreaks rate if the PointBreaks availability was no longer there. However if you had lots of one night rez then you could just use the ones you wanted and cancel the others without any repricing issues.

  3. Gene, I think that was a day-dreaming typo! 😉 This coming Tuesday May 27th. Thanks for catching it!

  4. Point Breaks disappear once the quota is booked. Even if you cancel a PB booking the availability as PB is gone. So if you cancel a 7 night PB booking, to rebook to a 4 night the 4 night will reprice at the normal award rate.
    That is why the change happened, certain people would book a ton of bookings “just in case”, leaving no availability for legit booking for decent people. They would then brag about it in their blogs.

    • Boon, exactly right, though you certainly wouldn’t see anything about doing that in this blog as it wasn’t an activity I supported at all.

  5. Do the points purchased from Daily Getaways deposit immediately? I’d hate to spend the money on points and lose out on the deal if I can’t book right away.

    • Nicole, I can’t remember exactly how fast IHG points have historically posted. Some points this year have been posting the next day, but maybe someone else can remember the exact timing for IHG from last year.

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