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IHG’s PointBreaks promotion has been a great way to get cheap stays, provided you were lucky enough to be going somewhere on the short list of properties. However, starting with the IHG PointBreaks Q1 2018 promotion, there are some big changes.
The biggest change is that the properties are no longer all available for just 5,000 points per night. Instead, there are now 3 categories of PointBreaks: 5,000, 10,000, and 15,000. On one hand, this is a devaluation, but on the other, it means that the selection of hotels is far better than it has been in recent editions. There are now actually hotels in popular travel spots, as well as more Intercontinental properties.
Also, IHG didn’t provide a full list ahead of time, so there was no ability to research and prepare. Go here to find the list of PointBreak hotels for January 29 – April 30, 2018.
This devaluation was inevitable, as the number of hotels participating had grown smaller and smaller each quarter. Hopefully this stabilizes the offering, and perhaps we’ll actually start to see some growth of the list.
PointBreaks represent the best redemption values for IHG properties. Given that you can indirectly purchase IHG Rewards Club points via cash + points for just 0.7 cents per point, this means these hotels are available for as low as $35 per night! Even for the new highest level of 15,000 points, you are still getting a great deal on a higher end hotel. While the list is still limited, if you’re planning on traveling to any of these places, you can save a lot of money & points, especially if you do some research on where properties are actually located, since many are a reasonable public transportation ride from city centers. Plus, if you have the IHG Rewards Club Mastercard, you receive a 10% rebate on all of your award bookings, making them even cheaper.
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