IHG Rewards released their new PointsBreak list for hotels. Hotels on the PointsBreak list cost only 5,000 points for a night (the regular rate is 10,000 to 50,000 points)!
Here’s what looks interesting to me, but I don’t like that you have to stay by January 31, 2014. I just can’t drop everything and go somewhere (as much as I’d like to)!
But it doesn’t matter if they are interesting to me. What matters is that YOU find them interesting and can save money or points by booking them!
5,000 IHG hotel points is a heck of a deal so keep a look out for hotels in cities in the US or outside where you might be.
Staybridge Suites Antonio Sea World
Crowne Plaza Charlotte
Crowne Plaza Shanghai
InterContinental Resort Tahiti
A regular bungalow for only 5,000 points! And you can email the hotel to ask if you can pay extra to upgrade to an overwater bungalow!
Holiday Inn Express Phuket
Crowne Plaza in Prague
Crowne Plaza Acapulco
Earning IHG Rewards Points
You can get IHG Rewards points by:
- Using Cash & Points to buy points for 0.7 cents per point.
- Transferring Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus.
- Applying for the IHG Rewards credit card for 80,000 points. It also includes a free night every year, after your 1st year which makes up for the annual fee.
Usually, transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to IHG Rewards is not the best value, but it certainly could make sense for hotels on the PointsBreak list. If you’re not averse to using the cash and points trick, you can use the cash and points trick to buy IHG Rewards points and then get a statement reimbursement of 1 cent per Ultimate Rewards points. This is a better value than redeeming Ultimate Rewards points directly for IHG Rewards points.
Don’t count on all the hotels on the PointsBreak list being available through January 31, 2014, because hotels may sell out and can be removed from the list at any time.
It doesn’t hurt to make a booking using points, because you can usually cancel them without a penalty (but read the cancellation policy before booking).