The new IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks list is now bookable online for stays through July 31, 2018. You can book 170 hotels worldwide for 5,000, 10,000 or 15,000 points/night, representing discounts on the regular points rates. While long-term fans of IHG Rewards Club might dismiss the list as not as good as in years long gone, there is some good value to be had! Check out the full list of available hotels and my picks from this IHG Rewards PointBreaks promotion!
The biggest criticism of the revised IHG PointBreaks promotion is that hotels no longer cost a uniform 5,000 points/night, but include higher rates as well. I think this makes the IHG PointBreaks promotion more sustainable as it was becoming more difficult to offer an interesting list of hotels at 5,000 points/night. During this iteration of the PointBreaks promotion, 26 hotels are available for 5,000 points/night, with the rest coming in at 10,000 or 15,000 points.
Looking at the list, there isn’t really a single one for 5,000 points/night that I’d want to stay at with almost half of the hotels in secondary cities in China.
The list of 10,000 points/night hotels isn’t much more exciting for the US, but has a few interesting properties abroad: The Crowne Plaza Vilnius is well located and Vilnius is a fun city to visit in the Baltics, with lots of history to explore and a cool vibe. The Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City is located across the street from Manila’s International Airport and next to a large mall and casino complex, so you can have fun on a layover in Manila. I reviewed the Holiday Inn Express (formerly Remington Hotel) and it’s pretty decent! The Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach is a nice alternative to staying in Phuket – just be aware that it is rainy season in Krabi during this promotion, so you are more likely to get rain than in winter!
For 15,000 points/night, you can stay at two hotels in the notoriously expensive San Francisco Bay Area. With typical hotel prices in San Francisco well over $200/night, this can be a budget plan-B. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oakland-Airport and Holiday Inn & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO both have connections via the BART train into San Francisco – not as convenient as being right in the city, but at those prices not a terrible option. Singapore is the most expensive city in the world, so having the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium join the list is another welcome budget option.
The one hotel that might fit into my travel plans is the InterContinental Muscat. I’m traveling on Oman Air to Europe and if I can change my ticket to allow a stop-over in the Omani capital of Muscat, I’ll give the InterContinental a try.
Do make sure to check the individual hotel before booking. Some are in very inconvenient locations far from the center of town, so make sure you have public transport options to get you where you want to go – or this “deal” can become expensive.
Also check comparable cash prices before booking and read reviews for any possible issues. For example, the IC Muscat has construction going on and is in need of a renovation for the rooms, giving some reasons why it ended up on the list!
Good luck and I hope you can find a deal among the full list of hotels below. You can book any of the hotels by clicking on the link!
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Hotels for 5,000 points/night
Staybridge Suites Lafayette-Airport
Candlewood Suites Minneapolis-Richfield
Candlewood Suites Pearl