The February PointBreaks hotel list was released today and can been viewed here. All of the hotels will be bookable for just 5,000 IHG points per night starting on January 27th. The stay period for this Point Breaks is from January 27 to March 31, 2014.
The preview list has a handful of amazing deals, some of the great and more interesting properties are:
- InterContinental Phnom Penh
- InterContinental Mendoza
- InterContinental Beijing Beichen
- Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini
- Holiday Inn Vanuatu
- Crowne Plaza Harare-Monomotapa
- Crowne Plaza Ankara
- Crowne Plaza Asuncion
This is a very solid Point Breaks list. You never know what to expect on the new list, and last November’s list set the bar high with a handful of InterContinental and many Crowne Plaza hotels.
The real gems on this list are the InterContinental Phnom Penh and InterContinental Mendoza in my opinion. They pair some great destinations with a InterContinental hotel and both are an absolute steal at 5,000 points per night.
One of the best ways to maximize the Point Breaks promotions is to get the IHG Rewards Club credit card that offers 80,000 bonus points. This card can get you 16 free nights at any of the Point Breaks hotels.
Any of these hotels are a great deal if you are traveling to the destinations on the list. Starting on January 27th you will be available to book stays through through March 31, 2014 on the Point Breaks page. It’s only 5,000 IHG points per night at any of the hotels on the list.
A Quick Introduction to Point Breaks
They are discounted award redemptions at select IHG hotels–Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc. All nightly rates are reduced to 5,000 per night no matter what category the hotel is in. This makes staying at any of the InterContinental hotels a huge value where nightly rates normally run anywhere from 20,000-50,000 at IC, Crowne Plazas, and Hotel Indigos. The list of selected properties changes every 2 months, so the next one will launch in April.
How to Buy IHG Points at 0.7 Cents Each – $35 per Night at Any Hotel
There are ways to buy IHG points directly for .7 cents per point using the cash & points method, which would make each 5,000 night stay cost just $35. Normally the points cost 1.15-1.35 cents each and you can purchase up to the 50,000 limit, but with around about method and per Priority Club’s Terms and Conditions there is a much cheaper way. When booking an award night you can choose to redeem what existing points you have in your account and purchase 10,000 points for $70. At this rate you are buying points for 0.7 cents each.
Essentially you are just purchasing extra points to have enough to make the reservation, but if you ever need to cancel the reservation all of the points will be deposited back into your account. Note: You will not get your money back, instead you will have purchased 10,000 points for $70. This can make for a cheap way to get some extra IHG points, and you could buy 100,000 points for $700. Even if you end up redeeming these points at normal priced properties you can get a huge return on them. The real way to maximize them? Book at stay at an InterContinental like the IC Tahiti that runs around $236 or 40,000 points per night. If you booked a stay at a property on Point Breaks list for 5,000 points you are only paying $35 a night and getting a value of 4.7 cents per point!
Although not as stellar as the last list, this looks like a great round of Point Breaks and there are some eye-catching properties. If you’re thinking about booking any stays I would do it quickly after they are released since hotels can drop off the list. The complete list of hotels will go live to book on January 27th, so be sure to check back then! (I’ll post links and an update.)
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