Every now and then, IHG Rewards Club offers PointBreak hotels. This means that you can get a free night at participating InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candandlewood Suites for only 5,000 points a night! You can check out the current PointBreak hotel list that was just announced here. This list is valid for hotel reservations January 27, 2014 through March 31, 2014. Ultimately we should probably see all the hotels listed on their ongoing PointBreak site here.
I must admit I do not typically stay at InterContinental Hotels Group hotels, but there are some good finds for 5,000 points a night. To be able to get a free night for 5,000 points a night at any hotel is great! For example, the Hotel Indigo in Boston-Newton, which not in Boston at all, is in a neighboring town and right at the T-stop to get straight into Boston. It runs constantly and is great for those looking to spend the day in Boston for cheap.
In the past, I’ve used the IHG Friends & Family rate for some heavily discounted stays, so I have actually never redeemed points for a free night at these hotels. My account balance is actually close to zero. For those also with a zero account balance, there are a few good ways to earn points to redeem for the 5,000 point hotel:
- IHG Rewards Credit Card – Earn 80,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. Annual fee is $49/year (waived the first year), and after each account anniversary you’ll receive a free night to use at any IHG hotels. This application will not take you to a landing page stating the 80,000 point bonus, but reports have shown in this FlyerTalk thread that there has been success – if you are interested in this offer read the FlyerTalk thread first. I actually just wrote more about this card offer last week.
- Transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards – You can transfer your Chase UR points at a 1:1 ratio, although compared to the other transfer partners not a great value. But if this is your only way to get the 5,000 points than it can definitely be worth it. You can earn Chase Ultimate Reward points through many Chase credit cards which you can read more about here.
- Purchasing IHG points – Through a roundabout method, you can purchase points at .7 cents per point. To do this you must make a reservation using the “Cash & Points” option (so you must have enough points for that reservation) and if you cancel the reservation you will get the “Cash” portion back in points. The “Cash” portion of your reservation is essentially buying points at .7 cents per point. Obviously not good for those that want the cash back, but good for those that want more points.
Anyone able to take advantage of the PointBreak hotels?