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An entire new list of IHG Point Break hotels are now available for reservations through September 30, 2018. Back in January, I wrote about IHG fully revamping their Point Break promotion where they introduced a three tier Point Break point structure – in the past all Point Break properties cost just 5,000 points a night, but now they are costing either 5,000, 10,000, or 15,000 points a night. At that time, IHG said that while some of the properties will be more expensive, they are doubling the number of properties on the list. I am not going to lie, with the current list, it doesn’t look so doubled to me and there are hardly any hotels on the 5,000 point list. This list pretty much confirms the devaluation for me, but some discount is definitely better then nothing!
You can search the entire list here and you can easily search by the 5,000 vs 10,000 vs. 15,000 point properties. One particular property that jumps out at me is the Holiday Inn in Falmouth, MA – right in Cape Cod! And Falmouth is definitely an ideal town to stay in. You have great beaches, a ton of activities (for both adults and kids), and it is only 15 or so minutes over the bridge so you won’t hit as much of that “cape” traffic. For 15,000 points a night, this hotel is a steal!
For those also with a zero account balance, there are a few good ways to earn points to redeem for the Point Break hotels:
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card – IHG recently launched a new co-branded credit card. They increased the annual fee to $89/night and limited the free night certificate to hotels capped at 40,000 points. Although they did add a 4th night free benefit when redeeming your points and an opportunity to get a 20% discount when purchasing points. You can learn more about hotel credit cards here. Related blog post detailing card offer and benefits.
- 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 it is not a great value. But if this is your only way to get the 5,000-15,000 points then it can definitely be worthwhile.
- Purchasing points – There is currently a promotion where you can purchase IHG points with a up to an 80% bonus. That brings the cost of purchasing points to be pretty cheap! Related blog post
PointBreak reservations go fast, so if there is a hotel you are interested in, I suggest booking immediately when they come available. Also, IHG only allows you to book two PointBreak reservations per account.