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Heads up! There are some important changes coming to IHG PointBreaks, and you’re going to want to know the details.
On January 29, 2018, at 12:00 pm Eastern Time, IHG will officially unveil a revamped PointBreaks promotion. The new terms look promising, but we don’t have all the details yet to know for sure.
I’ll tell you what you can expect tomorrow!
IHG PointBreaks Gets an Overhaul – Good or Bad?
Link: IHG PointBreaks
One of my favorite uses of miles & points is using IHG points for their incredible quarterly PointBreaks sales. That’s because you’re able to book award nights at certain IHG hotels for only 5,000 points per night!
While you’ll still be able to book certain IHG hotels at that price, IHG now says participating hotels can cost up to 15,000 points. Here are the changes:
- Participating PointBreaks hotels will cost either 5,000, 10,000, or 15,000 IHG points per night
- 200+ hotels will participate in PointBreaks (double the amount of hotels participating in previous PointBreaks promotions!)
- You can now book PointBreaks hotels with a combination of points and cash
The only hotels we know are participating at the moment are:
- Holiday Inn® Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie (Malaysia) (5,000 IHG points)
- InterContinental® Nairobi (Kenya) (10,000 IHG points)
- Holiday Inn® San Antonio Northwest (US) (10,000 IHG points)
- InterContinental® Cali (Colombia) (10,000 IHG points)
- Holiday Inn Express® London – Newbury Park (UK) (10,000 IHG points)
- InterContinental® Sao Paolo (Brazil) (15,000 IHG points)
- Holiday Inn® Helsinki City Centre (Finland) (15,000 IHG points)
- Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz (Germany) (15,000 IHG points)
Is This a Good Change?
I think this could be a positive change for IHG PointBreaks. I always love more options for using my miles & points, and I love that double the normal amount of hotels will be participating! I’m also glad they’re adding the ability to use points and cash for a reservation.
But until we have the full list of participating hotels and their discounted award prices, I’m not sure we can say if this is good or bad. If we can still use 5,000 IHG points to book ~100 hotels (the same amount as before this change), I’d say this is definitely a positive thing. But if much fewer hotels are available for 5,000 points, I’d consider this a devaluation.
We’ll see what happens Monday, January 29, 2018, at 12:00 pm Eastern Time, when IHG officially releases the full list!
Hotels participating in IHG PointBreaks will no longer cost a flat 5,000 IHG points per night. Certain hotels will now cost up to 15,000 IHG points per night. The trade-off is that more hotels will be participating, so it’s more likely a discounted hotel will fit your travel plans.
Hopefully lots of hotels will still be available for 5,000 points! We’ll know more by Monday, January 29, 2018, at 12 pm Eastern Time.