(EXPIRED) IHG PointBreaks Q4 released

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IHG has released its latest PointBreaks list for bookings and stays from today through January 31, 2020. The list remains fairly underwhelming, though some options in Japan and Switzerland could present solid value and it’s always worth checking to see if a destination in your plans fits with the reduced rates. Keep in mind that those with the newer IHG Rewards Club Premier ($89 annual fee) or IHG Rewards Club Traveler (no annual fee) cards get the 4th night free on award redemptions and those with the old IHG Rewards Club Select ($49 annual fee) get 10% back on award stays. Those benefits stack with these deals and with each other.

The Deal

Key Details

  • Each member can make two bookings per hotel (i.e. you can book a reservation for four nights and a separate reservation for thirty nights, but you can’t make 34 single-night reservations at the same hotel). You can book as many different PointBreak hotels as you like.
  • Each hotel has a limited number of rooms available for PointBreaks (the best sell out right away)

Quick Thoughts

IHG PointBreaks hotels certainly aren’t the value that they used to be when all properties were available for 5K points per night (now there are three levels: 5K, 10K, or 15K per night). Still, since you can often buy IHG poitns for half a cent each (and sometimes even cheaper), these hotels cost an effective $25 / $50 / $75 in points if you’ve purchased at half a cent each. When you consider that points reservations do not incur most taxes (and in most cases IHG properties do not charge destination / resort fees on award stays — though pay attention during checkout since some do), these can be a good enough compared against the cash rate. Of course, you’ll want to check the cash rate to be sure — but in a lot of cases, this can save you some money.

Also keep in mind that those with the newer IHG Rewards Club Premier or IHG Rewards Club Traveler cards can get the 4th night free on award stays. Those who have the old IHG Rewards Club Select credit card (with the $49 annual fee, no longer available for new applicants) get 10% back on award stays. Both benefits can stack with PointBreaks for even cheaper deals.

Without checking the cash rates, the properties that stand out to me here are those in Japan and Switzerland, where hotel rates can often be high and buying the points cheaply for a stay might make sense (but do check the rates for your dates first).

There are also a few Intercontinental properties on the list, including Categena, Colombia and Nairobi, Kenya. As with all of the other hotels in the list, if they line up with your travel plans, you can certainly get a comfortable stay for a relative bargain.

Here’s the full list (again, bookable for stays through 10/31/19):

10,000 Points per night United States

ALABAMA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mobile – University Area

ARKANSAS
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bryant – Benton Area
Staybridge Suites Little Rock – Medical Center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Russellville

CONNECTICUT
Crowne Plaza Danbury

FLORIDA
Holiday Inn Express Tampa N I-75 – University Area

GEORGIA
Staybridge Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Braselton West

IDAHO
Holiday Inn Boise Airport

INDIANA
Holiday Inn Express Corydon
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mishawaka – South Bend

IOWA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottumwa

KANSAS
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Olathe South

KENTUCKY
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg

LOUISIANA
Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge
Staybridge Suites Lafayette-Airport

MARYLAND
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Owings Mills-Baltimore Area
Holiday Inn Express Towson Baltimore N

MICHIGAN
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brighton
Holiday Inn & Suites Farmington Hills – Detroit NW
Candlewood Suites Grand Rapids Airport
Holiday Inn Detroit Northwest – Livonia
Holiday Inn & Suites Mount Pleasant

MINNESOTA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Red Wing
Candlewood Suites Rochester Mayo Clinic Area

MISSOURI
Holiday Inn & Suites Jefferson City

NEBRASKA
Holiday Inn Express Alliance
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha Downtown – Airport

NEW YORK
Holiday Inn Express Canton – Potsdam
Holiday Inn Express Rochester – Greece
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salamanca

NORTH CAROLINA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte – Ballantyne

OHIO
Holiday Inn Express Columbus Downtown

OKLAHOMA
Holiday Inn & Suites Oklahoma City North
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tulsa South – Woodland Hills

PENNSYLVANIA
Holiday Inn & Suites Philadelphia W – Drexel Hill
Holiday Inn Lancaster
Staybridge Suites Pittsburgh-Cranberry Township

RHODE ISLAND
Holiday Inn Express Coventry S – West Warwick Area

SOUTH CAROLINA
Staybridge Suites Rock Hill

TENNESSEE
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Memphis Arpt Elvis Presley Blv

TEXAS
Candlewood Suites Austin North 290 & I-35
Candlewood Suites Dallas – Plano W Medical Ctr
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denton South
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston Westchase – Westheimer
Holiday Inn Irving – Las Colinas
Holiday Inn & Suites McKinney-Fairview

VIRGINIA
Holiday Inn Express Lorton

WISCONSIN
Crowne Plaza Madison
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Racine

10,000 points per night Worldwide

ONTARIO, CANADA
Holiday Inn Mississauga Toronto West
Holiday Inn Ottawa Dwtn – Parliament Hill

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO
Holiday Inn Express Mexico Basilica

COAHUILA, MEXICO
Staybridge Suites Saltillo

VERACRUZ, MEXICO
Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio

BRAZIL
Holiday Inn Express Farroupilha
Staybridge Suites Sao Paulo

PANAMA
Crowne Plaza Panama Airport
Crowne Plaza Panama

PERU
Holiday Inn Piura

GERMANY
Holiday Inn Express Ringsheim

POLAND
Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre

UNITED KINGDOM
Holiday Inn Basildon
Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater
Holiday Inn Leicester – Wigston
Holiday Inn London – Heathrow Bath Road

SAUDI ARABIA
Holiday Inn Al Khobar
Holiday Inn Al Khobar – Corniche
Holiday Inn Jeddah Gateway

HONG KONG
Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon CBD2

QINGHAI, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Xining Hot-Spring

INDIA
Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad Prahlad Nagar
Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL
Holiday Inn Express Chennai OMR Thoraipakkam
Holiday Inn Express Gurugram Sector 50
Crowne Plaza Kochi
Holiday Inn Express Pune Pimpri
Crowne Plaza Pune City Centre

INDONESIA
Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada

JAPAN
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose
ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima
ANA Crowne Plaza Matsuyama
ANA Crowne Plaza Narita

MALAYSIA
Holiday Inn Melaka

THAILAND
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai
Holiday Inn ChiangMai
Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre

AUSTRALIA
Holiday Inn Parramatta
Holiday Inn Sydney St Marys
Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

NEW ZEALAND
Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
Holiday Inn Rotorua


15,000 points per night United States

ARIZONA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Page – Lake Powell Area

CALIFORNIA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Napa Valley-American Canyon
Holiday Inn Express Sunnyvale – Silicon Valley

DELAWARE
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Harrington (Dover Area)

FLORIDA
Holiday Inn Express North Palm Beach-Oceanview
Holiday Inn & Suites Lake City
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lantana
EVEN Hotel Miami – Airport
Holiday Inn Express Miami-Arpt Ctrl-Miami Springs
Holiday Inn Miami-International Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Naples Downtown – 5th Avenue
Holiday Inn & Suites Orlando – International Dr S
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ft. Lauderdale-Plantation
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saint Augustine North

GEORGIA
Kimpton Overland Hotel Atlanta Airport

KENTUCKY
Holiday Inn Cincinnati-Riverfront
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Paducah West

MARYLAND
Crowne Plaza Annapolis
Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

MASSACHUSETTS
Holiday Inn Express Boston – Quincy
Staybridge Suites Boston-Quincy

MISSOURI
Hotel Indigo Kansas City – The Crossroads
Holiday Inn Express Kansas City Downtown

NEW JERSEY
Candlewood Suites Jersey City – Harborside
Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Long Branch – Eatontown

NEW YORK
Holiday Inn Plattsburgh (Adirondack Area)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Watertown-Thousand Islands
Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown

NORTH CAROLINA
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park
Hotel Indigo Winston-Salem Downtown

NORTH DAKOTA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Forks

OHIO
Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square

OREGON
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Seaside-Convention Center

PENNSYLVANIA
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King of Prussia
Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty

RHODE ISLAND
Holiday Inn Express Newport North – Middletown

TEXAS
Staybridge Suites Austin Arboretum – Domain
Hotel Indigo Frisco
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rockport – Bay View

VERMONT
Holiday Inn Express South Burlington
Holiday Inn Burlington

WASHINGTON
Hotel Indigo Seattle Everett Waterfront

WEST VIRGINIA
Holiday Inn Express Morgantown

15,000 points per night Worldwide

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