From Water Park to Disneyland: New IHG Point Breaks Preview List!

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A new IHG Point Breaks list is always big news in the miles and points world as hotels that typically go for 20,000, 35,000, or even more IHG points per night drop down to just 5,000 points per night if they are on this magical Point Breaks list. Effectively using your 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. You could even book two rooms and spread the family out a bit for just 10,000 total points per night.


New Full IHG Point Breaks Preview List

IHG has just shared a full preview list of IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks that will be available for bookings beginning on Monday for stays from January 30 – April 30, 2017. This means you have the weekend to plot out what might work for your crew before actual bookings go live.

I love that the dates of this particular list will cover spring break, meaning you could potentially put together a very inexpensive hotel stay for your family at somewhere like the Candlewood Suites Anaheim just a few blocks from Disneyland for just 5,000 points per night. You could even stay at a hotel with an indoor water park at the Holiday Inn and Suites Maple Grove in Minnesota for just 5,000 points!

Candlewood Suites Anaheim

Candlewood Suites Anaheim

Or you could stay at the new Intercontinental Real Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic for just 5,000 points per night instead of the usual award rate of 35,000 points per night if you act very quickly when the Point Breaks list goes live on Monday! The Intercontinental Maracaibo in Venezuela also joins the Intercontinental Real Santo Domingo as one of the “nicer” properties on the list.

Intercontinental Real Santo Domingo Infinity Pool

Intercontinental Real Santo Domingo Infinity Pool

In addition to those two Intercontinental properties there are also a few Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo properties to join the many Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, and Staybridge Suites hotels on the list. Below are a few additional specific properties that jumped out at me as being potentially interesting to families this spring as they head out on a road trip or similar.

Waterpark at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Maple Grove in Minnesota

Waterpark at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Maple Grove in Minnesota

If you want to build a trip around a 5,000 point per night IHG Points Break hotel you may sacrifice staying exactly in the middle of the action, but if you are okay being potentially slightly out of the center of the tourist zone, then this can be a great way to create a budget trip.

If you need a few more IHG points you can purchase IHG points with up to a 75% bonus, which drops the per point price to around 7/10th of a cent each through February 5, 2017. At that price, a 5,000 point Point Breaks night is around $35 per night. Staying near Disneyland or in a new Intercontinental Hotel for just $35 worth of points per night is not too shabby. Those with the IHG credit card even get 10% of their redeemed points back dropping the true price even lower.

Keep in mind you can make up to two Point Breaks reservations at a given property on the list, and also remember that some of the Intercontinental type properties will likely get booked very quickly. There is no one set time when the bookings go live, but it is often between 9AM – 12PM.

Are you hoping to make use of the coming new IHG Point Breaks list when it goes live for booking on Monday?

Hotels in North America:


British Columbia

Newfoundland and Labrador


IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks: Candlewood Suites - Anaheim Resort Area room

A room inside Candlewood Suites – Anaheim Resort Area

United States








IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks: Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise












Lobby: Holiday Inn Express Marshfield (Springfield Area)



North Carolina

North Dakota


New Jersey

New Mexico


New York




Rhode Island

South Carolina





West Virginia



Hotels in Asia and Australia:

People’s Republic of China





Hotels in Africa:

South Africa


Hotels in South America:





IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Hotels in Latin America and Mexico:

Costa Rica

Dominican Republic








IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks: Holiday Inn Prague Airport exterior

Exterior: Holiday Inn Prague Airport

Hotels in Europe:


Czech Republic





IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks: Hotel Indigo Krakow Old Town room

Room: Hotel Indigo Krakow Old Town





United Kingdom

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  1. “If you need a few more IHG points you can purchase IHG points with up to a 75% bonus, which drops the per point price to around 7/10th of a cent each through February 5, 2017. At that price, a 5,000 point Point Breaks night is around $35 per night.”
    Sounds awesome – however, I don’t have IHG membership now – can I join and purchase points then book my entire stay with the purchased points?

    • It should work – just register for an IHG account and go to purchase points. Assuming the 75% bonus works for your account (which I would guess it would) it should be fine. You will know before you hit purchase. The only thing you won’t know for sure is if the Point Breaks hotel will have availability on the date you want.

        • Mine isn’t showing 75% bonus, either. The best I can get is $.0115 per point when buying at least 26,000 points.

          I just have an IHG account, currently no points, and no credit card with them (just for that data point).

          Still, I’m taking a look because there can still be some savings!

    • So I was waiting for the PointBreak to go live – then immediately purchased points for it. Now the hotel of my choice is bookable, but my points won’t be posted for another 24 to 48 hours!! I called customer service and they said nothing can be done. Has anybody been able to “push” their points to be posted as soon as they’re purchased/earned??

      • I can try to help…email me what you are trying to book. No idea if me booking it and then releasing it later when you have your points will help, but happy to try and do that for you.

  2. The hotel I wanted was in your preview post the other day, but is no longer on this new list. Dang it. Nothing at all on the list now will work for me. Have to check again when it goes live to see if it reappears I guess.

  3. Summer, thanks for the post! I live about 15 minutes from the Holiday Inn Maple Grove Waterpark and my girls love it! We used points for a night last year and the room had bunk beds and my girls thought it was so fun. Plus the water park is quite nice, and near a lot of nice shoppes and restaurants! I plan on booking a couple of Staycations for the family!

  4. Informative post!! Is there a nightly limit on the reservations? Can I potentially book a week-long stay, if the days are available?

  5. I’m hoping to book a few nights at the Candlewood Suites in Anaheim. Right now it says there is no availablilty to use points for the stay in March but you can pay for rooms. Do you think that I’ll be out of luck in general to use the 5,000 points if there are no point stays available even before the points break gets officially released? I’m planning to buy points since we have a zero balance. Thank you for any insight you can provide!

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