As you know, I think IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks promotion that offers select hotels around the world for a discounted 5,000 points per night, can be an amazing promo. Of course the promotion won’t fit everyone’s needs every time, but when a property works out it’s a great offer and 5,000 points per night is a steal. When it doesn’t, well just check back when the next list comes out.

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IHG Rewards Club releases a new list of PointBreaks hotels every few months. Usually they will include an assortment of hotels around the world that can be booked for only 5,000 points per night, and often include even a few InterContinental hotels.

The promotion is incredibly generous and essentially brings the cost of any hotel on the list down to $35 per night. This is given that IHG points can be purchases for 0.7 cents each through the IHG’s “Points & Cash” loophole.

Sneak Peek of New PointBreaks List – December, January, and February 2015

IHG released a sneak peak of the full list of hotels that will be available for booking starting Monday, November 24th. The upcoming list will be available for booking from November 24th through February 28, 2015.

IHG has received a fair amount of flak from members regarding less than jaw-dropping PointBreaks lists over the past year. I won’t defend them and the current lists are certainly less valuable that it’s been in the past, but I tend to view this promotion as one that I may be able to use once per year. I don’t expect to find a hotel that works for my travels every time a new list is released.

That said, lets take a look at the preview of the new list. The list won’t be finalized until it is released on Monday, but the preview will give a good idea of what will be available this time around.

The biggest downfall of the current list is the shear absence of top-tier InterContinental properties within the previews. There are only a handful of Crowne Plaza properties. The bulk of all hotels on the list are Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels, which for the most part are not ideally or centrally located.

With only two InterContinental and 16 Crowne Plaza properties on the list it’s by no means a super exciting PointBreaks list. The two InterContientals include one in Mexico, the InterContinental Presidente Merida and one in Egypt, the InterContinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort.

For the most part the Crowne Plazas on the list are located in Europe. The Crowne Plaza Liège, Crowne Plaza Lyon – Cite Internationale, Crowne Plaza Helsinki, and Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Asia all seem to be nice properties if you’re headed to Europe in the Winter.

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Here’s the full PointBreaks preview list for December, January, and February 2015 and also check out a great map of all the properties that Points with a Crew made up:

United States & Canada

  • Holiday Inn Express Fort St John
  • Crowne Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook
  • Holiday Inn Express Montgomery – East I-85
  • Holiday Inn Express Sylacauga
  • Holiday Inn Express Malvern
  • Holiday Inn Express Morrilton
  • Holiday Inn Express Van Buren-Ft Smith Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Oro Valley-Tucson North
  • Candlewood Suites Tucson
  • Holiday Inn Express Indio
  • Holiday Inn Express Jackson
  • Holiday Inn Express Livermore
  • Holiday Inn Palmdale-Lancaster
  • Holiday Inn Express Tehachapi Hwy 58/Mill St.
  • Holiday Inn Express Co Springs-Air Force Academy
  • Holiday Inn New London – Mystic Area
  • Even® Hotels Norwalk
  • Holiday Inn Express Dover
  • Holiday Inn Express Bartow
  • Holiday Inn Express Brooksville West
  • Holiday Inn Express Live Oak
  • Holiday Inn Express Panama City-Tyndall
  • Holiday Inn Express Augusta East
  • Staybridge Suites Columbus – Fort Benning
  • Holiday Inn Express Hinesville East – Fort Stewart
  • Holiday Inn Express Moultrie
  • Holiday Inn Express Cedar Rapids-I-380 @ 33rd Ave
  • Candlewood Suites Sioux City – Southern Hills
  • Holiday Inn Express Sandpoint North
  • Staybridge Suites Aurora/Naperville
  • Holiday Inn Express Bourbonnais (Kankakee/Bradley)
  • Candlewood Suites Champaign-Urbana Univ Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Mattoon
  • Holiday Inn Express Morris
  • Holiday Inn Express Kokomo
  • Holiday Inn Express Washington
  • Holiday Inn Express Hazard
  • Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge
  • Holiday Inn Express Covington-Madisonville
  • Candlewood Suites Denham Springs
  • Holiday Inn Express Morgan City – Tiger Island
  • Holiday Inn Express New Iberia-Avery Island
  • Candlewood Suites Aberdeen-Edgewood-Bel Air
  • Holiday Inn Express Baltimore West – Catonsville
  • Holiday Inn Express Washington DC – BW Parkway
  • Holiday Inn Express Biddeford
  • Holiday Inn Express Canton
  • Holiday Inn Express Hastings
  • Crowne Plaza Lansing West
  • Holiday Inn Express Detroit North – Troy
  • Holiday Inn Express Rogers
  • Holiday Inn Express St. Paul Ne (Vadnais Heights)
  • Holiday Inn Express Willmar
  • Holiday Inn Express Maryville
  • Holiday Inn Express Sikeston
  • Holiday Inn Express St. Joseph
  • Holiday Inn Express Corinth
  • Holiday Inn Express Fulton
  • Holiday Inn Express Grenada
  • Holiday Inn Express Jackson Downtown – Coliseum
  • Holiday Inn Tupelo North
  • Holiday Inn Express Glendive
  • Candlewood Suites Sidney
  • Holiday Inn Express Goldsboro – Base Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Hickory-Hickory Mart
  • Holiday Inn Express Monroe
  • Holiday Inn Express Roanoke Rapids SE
  • Staybridge Suites Wilmington East
  • Candlewood Suites Omaha Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express York
  • Holiday Inn Express Carneys Point Nj Trnpk Exit 1
  • Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
  • Holiday Inn Express Deming Mimbres Valley
  • Holiday Inn Express Los Alamos Entrada Park
  • Candlewood Suites Winnemucca
  • Staybridge Suites Buffalo-Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express Painted Post – Corning Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Bowling Green
  • Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn I-675
  • Holiday Inn Express Marion
  • Holiday Inn Express Van Wert
  • Holiday Inn Express Chickasha
  • Candlewood Suites Midwest City
  • Holiday Inn Express Glenpool-Tulsa South
  • Holiday Inn Express Pryor
  • Holiday Inn Bensalem-Philadelphia Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh SW – Southpointe
  • Holiday Inn Express Exton-Lionville
  • Holiday Inn Express Greensburg
  • Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre – East Mountain
  • Holiday Inn Express York
  • Holiday Inn Express Sumter
  • Candlewood Suites Knoxville Airport-Alcoa
  • Holiday Inn Express Morristown
  • Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria-Addison
  • Holiday Inn Express Houston-Alvin
  • Holiday Inn Express Fairfield-North
  • Holiday Inn Express Floresville
  • Holiday Inn Dallas-Fort Worth Airport S
  • Holiday Inn Express Graham
  • Holiday Inn Express Atascocita – Humble – Kingwood
  • Holiday Inn Express Springville-South Provo Area
  • Staybridge Suites Chantilly – Fairfax
  • Candlewood Suites Harrisonburg
  • Holiday Inn Express Suffolk
  • Holiday Inn Express Winchester
  • Holiday Inn Express Vancouver North – Salmon Creek
  • Candlewood Suites La Crosse
  • Staybridge Suites Madison-East
  • Holiday Inn Express Pleasant Prairie / Kenosha
  • Holiday Inn Barboursville
  • Candlewood Suites Logan
  • Holiday Inn Express Buffalo

Europe

  • Crowne Plaza Liège
  • Crowne Plaza Helsinki
  • Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Asia
  • Holiday Inn Express Strasbourg – Sud
  • Crowne Plaza Lyon – Cite Internationale
  • Holiday Inn Express Augsburg
  • Holiday Inn Express Stuttgart Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express Neunkirchen
  • Holiday Inn Stuttgart
  • Crowne Plaza Wiesbaden
  • Crowne Plaza Dundalk
  • Holiday Inn Salerno – Cava de’ Tirreni
  • Holiday Inn Nola – Naples Vulcano Buono
  • Holiday Inn Moscow – Sokolniki
  • Holiday Inn Express Madrid – Getafe
  • Holiday Inn Express Valencia – Bonaire
  • Holiday Inn Express Affoltern am Albis
  • Staybridge Suites Birmingham
  • Holiday Inn Express Birmingham – Snow Hill
  • Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport
  • Holiday Inn Solihull

Middle East & Africa

  • InterContinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort
  • Holiday Inn Amman
  • Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea
  • Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport
  • Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park
  • Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Asia

  • Holiday Inn Express®  Beijing Yizhuang
  • Crowne Plaza®  Beijing Lido
  • Holiday Inn Temple Of Heaven Beijing
  • Holiday Inn Hohhot
  • Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Gongkang
  • Holiday Inn Chengdu Xindu
  • Holiday Inn Express Chengdu West Gate
  • Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue
  • Holiday Inn Cochin
  • Crowne Plaza Kochi
  • Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran
  • Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
  • Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn

Mexico, Central, and South America

  • Holiday Inn Rosario
  • Holiday Inn Porto Alegre
  • Holiday Inn Express Iquique
  • Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express CABO SAN LUCAS
  • Holiday Inn Express SALTILLO ZONA AEROPUERTO
  • Crowne Plaza Torreon
  • Holiday Inn Campeche
  • Holiday Inn Express PUEBLA ANGELOPOLIS
  • Holiday Inn Express San Luis Potosi
  • Crowne Plaza XALAPA
  • InterContinental Presidente Merida
  • Holiday Inn Express Panama Distrito Financiero

The Bottom Line

At 5,000 points or $35 per night it can still be a steal at some IHG properties, especially for the flexible traveler.

Don’t expect to find the perfect hotel for you on IHG’s PointBreaks list EVERY time. While this promotion is an incredible value when everything aligns, it can be very lackluster for many.

If you find a hotel on the list you want to book during PointBreaks I’d recommend booking it soon after the list is published and bookable on Monday since many of the more desirable hotels can be booked up quickly.

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