New IHG PointBreaks List Is on Its Way! Here’s a Sneak Peek

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is on Its Way! Here’s a Sneak Peek

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Jason:   The new IHG PointBreaks list will be live on April 30, 2018, at 12:00 pm Eastern Time!  It will be valid for stays from April 30 to July 31, 2018.

Fingers Crossed!  I’m Hoping to See More High-End Hotels, Like the Intercontinental Hong Kong, When the Full PointBreaks List Is Released This Monday!

IHG recently changed there PointBreaks to include 3 tiers of deals.  You can book award nights for 5,000 IHG points, 10,000 IHG points, and 15,000 IHG points.  Also, you may only book 2 PointBreaks stays per hotel.

Here is a preview of the list:

5,000 IHG Point Hotels

China

Kazakhstan

Turkey

United States

For Only 5,000 IHG Points a Night, Even Less Expensive Hotels Like the Candlewood Suites Minneapolis-Richfield Are a Deal!

10,000 IHG Point Hotels

India

Lithuania

Mexico

Panama

Thailand

United States

15,000 IHG Point Hotels

Australia

Germany

Oman

Even If the PointBreaks List Isn’t What It Used to Be, Only Paying 15,000 IHG Points a Night to Stay at the Intercontinental Muscat Isn’t Bad!

Puerto Rico

United States

 

We’ll let you know when we have the full list!

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IHG blows — used to be something worthwhile but they have ruined the entire program — lack of loyalty for business travelers, nonexistent perks and a completely devalued reward system. They might be doing OK for now with the economy running OK but when the next recession hits they are going to miss those business travelers who have bailed on them.

uh… nope, this is the leftover from last quarters list, not the preview for this quarter.

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You’re right! I’ll update it.

IHG have their head office in the UK but there is nothing on here in the preview which is poor and the last quarter was poor also. Overall the program has got poor with many hotels raising their reward night values. Hilton give a much better service for their diamond members. I have been Spire or equivalent since 2004 and nothing much has really changed. I agree breakfast would be good or in the UK free parking. I will be taking my business elsewhere alot more this year

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Probably the biggest value I’ve gotten out of IHG elite status in the past is the ability to match status with Hilton! Or do a status challenge with Marriott. That’s saying something.

True,
Free breakfast at Hilton buffet but no breakfast at Holiday Inn.
And the restaurant at IHG is open for breakfast…..last time I was at IHG the employees were standing around talking.

PointBreaks is no longer the deal that it used to be. Frankly, those 5000 award nights, even when used infrequently, was a major factor in my interest in maintaining a decent IHG points balance. That is no longer a motivation.

The 5k was about all I ever booked, because I’ve got a flexible schedule and lots of points. Paris x3, Toulouse, Lisbon, San Diego, Mexico City, Merida, Puerta Vallarta and lots more places, for 1-2 weeks, but no more!

This is a major downgrade.

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And you can only book 2 stays per hotel during the promotion, so that’s limiting too.

Hopefully, there are some good deals when the full list is released on Monday.

Finally, it’s official, IHG has completely and totally trashed their entire program. Used to be you could stay at some decent hotels for 5000 points and use the annual free night at truly amazing hotels. Now even express hotels in no name cities are 10,000 points during point break. I plan on just using my points quickly and forgetting the program. I have stayed in 10,000 point Hiltons that are better than nearly all of the hotels listed above. Good riddance and rest in peace IHG.

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My biggest grip is no free breakfast for elites. You can pay $200 to be an Intercontinental Ambassador and still no free breakfast!

Also, just to be clear this is only a sample of the new list, which will be released on Monday and include about twice the number of hotels listed in this post. Fingers crossed we’ll see some deals.