New IHG PointBreaks List Preview, Earn Amazon Gift Cards Renting With Avis, and Updates on Aeroplan’s Future!

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New IHG PointBreaks List Preview, Earn Amazon Gift Cards Renting With Avis, and Updates on Aeroplan’s Future!

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Get ready for some deals coming down the pipeline!

1.   IHG PointBreaks List Coming Monday, July 23, 2018 – Get Ready!

IHG has announced that the next PointBreaks list will be available for booking at 12:00 pm Eastern Time on Monday, July 23, 2018.  For stays through September 30, 2018.

With IHG PointBreaks, you can book certain IHG hotels around the world at a discounted rate of either 5,00010,000, or 15,000 IHG points per night.

The Beautiful Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk Will Be Available to Book at a Discounted Points Rate on the Next PointBreaks List!

IHG has given us a sneak peek at some of the hotels on the upcoming list, including:

The best hotels will sell out MUCH faster at this discounted points rate, so it’s best to book a stay when the deals launch if you think you’ll use it.  You can always cancel later and get your IHG points back if you change your mind.

So be ready to book any hotels you want when the full list goes live next week!

2.   Earn Amazon Credit When You Rent a Car With Avis

Amazon and Avis have teamed up!  When you link your Avis and Amazon accounts, you’ll earn 10% of your rental car cost back in the form of an Amazon gift card.  And if you make your booking with Alexa (Amazon’s virtual assistant), you’ll get 20% back!  Plus, you’re entitled to 30% off base rates.

The rebate applies to “time and mileage charges of completed rentals.”  The Amazon gift card will be issued within 48 hours of completing your rental, and sent to the email associated with your Amazon account.

You can link your accounts to take advantage of this deal here.

3.   Interesting News Regarding Aeroplan’s New Frequent Flyer Program That’s Set to Launch in 2020

It was over a year ago that we let you know about Air Canada’s plan to launch a new frequent flyer program.  It gets a bit confusing because currently Air Canada’s frequent flyer program is Aeroplan.  But Aeroplan is run by a separate company, which isn’t that common in the industry.

On June 30, 2020, Air Canada’s contract with Aeroplan expires.  At that point Air Canada plans on having their own frequent flyer program.  So Aeroplan is getting creative in order to survive.

Starting in July 2020, they plan on introducing the ability to transfer Aeroplan miles to nearly 20 airline and hotel partners.  And Aeroplan has said they want continue to offer the following award prices:

  • 15,000 Aeroplan miles for short-haul round-trip North American flights
  • 25,000 Aeroplan miles for long-haul round-trip North American flights
  • 40,000 Aeroplan miles for round-trip flights to Mexico and the Caribbean
  • 60,000 Aeroplan miles for round-trip flights to Europe
  • 75,000 Aeroplan miles for round-trip flights to Asia

The problem here is that nothing is set in stone.  Aeroplan hasn’t officially announced transfer partners.  They haven’t told us what those transfer rates are going to be, which is a big part of the equation when it comes to flexible points.  And even if they do end up with the listed award prices, there are no promises as to how many seats will be available at those prices.

One interesting addition is that they plan to charter flights on select routes that folks can redeem miles for.  Though we don’t know where these new charter flights will fly or how many miles tickets will cost.

What do you think of this news?  Does it pique your interest in Air Canada’s Aeroplan?

Hat tip:   The Points Guy

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In regards to encouraging people to speculatively book the ihg point breaks: “you can always cancel and get points back.” While that is true by the rules it is one of the issues that destroyed the program and made IHG change to the 5/10/15 thousand structure. Tons of people were booking on speculation and canceling which both caused other people who actually would desire to use not to have any availability left by 12:01 & threw up red flags for IHG. Please take responsibility for the advice written online and people please only book these point breaks if you honestly plan to use. IHG has really been cutting back with devaluation etc, and the last thing we want is to give them a reason to eliminate the pointbreaks program all together! Sure sometimes plans change and may use may not but please please do not go booking tons speculatively!