An entire new list of IHG Point Break hotels are now available for reservations through November 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 Crowne Plaza in Stamford, CT. This is very quick train ride right into Grand Central in Manhattan so could be a great place to stay to visit NYC. Of course this is not a place to stay if you want to go back and forth to your hotel, but if all you need is a place to rest your head! For 10,000 points a night, this hotel is a steal! You can also stay at the InterContinental Mendoza, InterContinental Sao Paulo. InterContinental Cartagena de Indias, InterContinental Miramar Panama, InterContinental Ljubljana, InterContinental Kiev, InterContinental Le Vendome Beirut, InterContinental Al Khobar, and InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 for anywhere between 10,000-15,000 points a night. This is rare for there to be so many InterContinental hotels on the list, but I am happy to see them!
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 that comes with a 100,000 point welcome bonus. 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. UPDATE: This offer has expired.
- 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 – Quite often IHG offers a promotion where you can earn a 50%-100% bonus when purchasing points. That brings the cost of purchasing points to be pretty cheap!
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.