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How to Stay in IHG Hotels for 5000 Points or $44 per night with IHG Pointbreaks

The IHG Pointbreaks July Deal

We’ll go through what’s included in the current IHG Pointbreaks hotel award sale, what we think the standout options are, and a few different methods for getting your IHG points for redeeming a Pointbreaks award, even if you don’t have any to start with.

Here’s what we’ll cover in this article:

About the IHG Hotels Group

What’s the Big Deal about IHG Pointbreaks?

How can I earn or buy IHG Points for my IHG Pointbreaks Booking?

Making an IHG Pointbreaks Booking?

 

About the IHG Hotels Group

IHG Hotel Brands

IHG is the world’s second biggest group of hotels and comprises a number of well known brands and has extensive coverage throughout the world with a large emphasis on the Americas. Within Australia they are best known for the Intercontinental and Crown Plaza brands along with Holiday Inn.

The top rung hotels in the IHG Group of Hotels are their Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts and Crown Plaza brands.

What’s the Big Deal about IHG Pointbreaks?

Every Quarter Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) release a selected list of hotels they do special deals on to allow you to stay for 5000 points per night for any hotel on the list.

It’s known as Pointbreaks and is iconic in the world of travel hacking and much suspense surrounds the release of the list of hotels that make up the list each time it’s published.

The reason for this is the 5000 points charged – the same price for a hotel night regardless of where it is situated in the world. As you can imagine, sometimes this results in incredible hotel deals, especially in otherwise expensive locations.

For some of the hotels we checked this also included breakfast with a maximum of three people per room so even more incredible value, when you consider the cost of eating breakfast out in some locations. Others didn’t so ensure you check the rate inclusions as usual. For those with families using this deal it becomes more affordable to book a couple of adjoining rooms and get a bit more space or a place for a baby to sleep while you enjoy the other room.

The Pointbreaks list of hotels is a worldwide list and differs each time and for some it may be worth changing holiday plans to take advantage of a hotel if it’s close to your desired destination. For others it may mean another break is affordable or an upgrade from more basic accommodation.

Some people such as the travel writers at Travel Is Free even formulate their entire travel plans around what’s on the list and use credit card signups to get the points for free. The figure of 5000 IHG points per night is so tantalising especially for people who can get IHG points easily through credit card signups which results literally in free travel.

What’s on the Pointbreaks List for July 2017?

The IHG Pointbreaks list for July 2017 is here:

RegionCountryStateHotel
AsiaIndiaHoliday Inn Hotel & Suites Bengaluru Whitefield
AsiaIndiaCrowne Plaza Jaipur Tonk Road
AsiaIndiaCrowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida
AsiaIndonesiaIntercontinental Bandung Dago Pakar 
EuropeFranceHoliday Inn Clermont - Ferrand Centre
EuropeGermanyHoliday Inn Leipzig - Günthersdorf
EuropeRussiaHoliday Inn Express Voronezh - Kirova
EuropeSlovakiaHoliday Inn Zilina
EuropeSpainHoliday Inn Express Madrid - Tres Cantos
EuropeTurkeyHoliday Inn Gebze - Istanbul Asia
EuropeUkCrowne Plaza Aberdeen Airport
EuropeUkHoliday Inn Express Aberdeen Airport
EuropeUkHoliday Inn Ipswich
EuropeUkHoliday Inn Express London - Croydon
EuropeUkHoliday Inn Express Wakefield
Middle East and AfricaSouth AfricaCrowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
Central and South AmericaArgentinaHoliday Inn Express Rosario
Central and South AmericaBrazilHoliday Inn Express Belém Ananindeua
Central and South AmericaHoliday Inn Manaus
Central and South AmericaChileHoliday Inn Express Puerto Montt - Patagonia
Central and South AmericaColombiaHoliday Inn Express Yopal
Central and South AmericaEcuadorHoliday Inn Guayaquil Airport
Central and South AmericaParaguayCrowne Plaza Asuncion
North AmericaCanadaALBERTAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Bonnyville
North AmericaCanadaBRITISH COLUMBIAHoliday Inn Hotel & Suites Kamloops
North AmericaCanadaNOVA SCOTIAHoliday Inn Express Stellarton-New Glasgow
North AmericaCanadaONTARIOHoliday Inn Kitchener - Cambridge Conf Ctr
North AmericaCanada
North AmericaUSAARIZONACandlewood Suites Yuma
North AmericaUSAARKANSASHoliday Inn Express & Suites Magnolia-Lake Columbia
North AmericaUSAARKANSASCandlewood Suites North Little Rock
North AmericaUSAARKANSASHoliday Inn Texarkana Arkansas Conv Ctr
North AmericaUSACALIFORNIAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Banning
North AmericaUSACALIFORNIAHoliday Inn Sacramento Rancho Cordova
North AmericaUSACOLORADOCandlewood Suites Longmont
North AmericaUSACONNECTICUTHoliday Inn Springfield South - Enfield Ct
North AmericaUSACONNECTICUTHoliday Inn Express Southington
North AmericaUSADELAWAREHoliday Inn Express Seaford-Route 13
North AmericaUSAFLORIDAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Crestview South I-10
North AmericaUSAFLORIDAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville - Blount Island
North AmericaUSAFLORIDAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Tampa North - Wesley Chapel
North AmericaUSAGEORGIAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Milledgeville
North AmericaUSAIDAHOCandlewood Suites Idaho Falls
North AmericaUSAIDAHOHoliday Inn Express & Suites Sandpoint North
North AmericaUSAILLINOISCandlewood Suites Aurora-Naperville
North AmericaUSAILLINOISHoliday Inn Express Crestwood
North AmericaUSAILLINOISHoliday Inn Express Lincoln
North AmericaUSAINDIANACandlewood Suites Louisville North
North AmericaUSAINDIANAHotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center
North AmericaUSAINDIANACandlewood Suites Elkhart
North AmericaUSAIOWA
North AmericaUSAIOWAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Sheldon
North AmericaUSAIOWAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Sioux Center
North AmericaUSAKANSASCandlewood Suites Emporia
North AmericaUSAKANSASHoliday Inn Express & Suites Lansing-Leavenworth
North AmericaUSAKENTUCKYCandlewood Suites Bowling Green
North AmericaUSAKENTUCKYHoliday Inn Express & Suites Shelbyville
North AmericaUSALOUISIANAStaybridge Suites Covington
North AmericaUSALOUISIANACandlewood Suites Lafayette
North AmericaUSALOUISIANAHoliday Inn Express Leesville-Ft. Polk
North AmericaUSAMARYLANDCrowne Plaza Annapolis
North AmericaUSAMASSACHUSETTSHoliday Inn Express & Suites Swansea
North AmericaUSAMICHIGANHoliday Inn Express Lapeer
North AmericaUSAMICHIGANHoliday Inn Express & Suites Roseville
North AmericaUSAMICHIGANCandlewood Suites St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
North AmericaUSAMISSISSIPPIHoliday Inn Express & Suites Canton
North AmericaUSAMISSISSIPPIHoliday Inn Express & Suites Lucedale
North AmericaUSAMISSISSIPPIHoliday Inn Express & Suites Ridgeland - Jackson North Area
North AmericaUSAMISSOURICandlewood Suites Jefferson City
North AmericaUSANEBRASKACandlewood Suites Omaha - Millard Area
North AmericaUSANEBRASKAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Cherry Hills
North AmericaUSANEW HAMPSHIREHoliday Inn Express Keene
North AmericaUSANEW HAMPSHIREHoliday Inn Salem (I-93 At Exit 2)
North AmericaUSANEW JERSEYCandlewood Suites Bordentown-Trenton
North AmericaUSANEW JERSEYStaybridge Suites North Brunswick
North AmericaUSANEW MEXICO Holiday Inn Express & Suites Deming Mimbres Valley
North AmericaUSANEW YORKHoliday Inn Express & Suites Buffalo Downtown
North AmericaUSANEW YORKCandlewood Suites Watertown-Fort Drum
North AmericaUSANEW YORKHoliday Inn Johnstown-Gloversville
North AmericaUSANEW YORKHoliday Inn Express Owego
North AmericaUSANORTH CAROLINACandlewood Suites Jacksonville
North AmericaUSANORTH CAROLINAHoliday Inn Express Williamston
North AmericaUSANORTH DAKOTACandlewood Suites Bismarck
North AmericaUSAOHIOHoliday Inn Dayton/Fairborn I-675
North AmericaUSAOHIOHoliday Inn Express London-I-70
North AmericaUSAOHIOHoliday Inn Cleveland Northeast - Mentor
North AmericaUSAOKLAHOMACandlewood Suites Enid
North AmericaUSAOKLAHOMAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Tulsa West - Sand Springs
North AmericaUSAPENNSYLVANIAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Belle Vernon
North AmericaUSAPENNSYLVANIAHoliday Inn Express & Suites Dubois
North AmericaUSAPENNSYLVANIACandlewood Suites Sayre
North AmericaUSASOUTH CAROLINAStaybridge Suites Greenville I-85 Woodruff Road
North AmericaUSATENNESSEEStaybridge Suites Knoxville Oak Ridge
North AmericaUSATEXASHoliday Inn Express & Suites Beeville
North AmericaUSATEXASHoliday Inn Express & Suites Center
North AmericaUSATEXASHoliday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville
North AmericaUSATEXASHoliday Inn Las Colinas
North AmericaUSATEXASHoliday Inn Express & Suites Schulenburg
North AmericaUSAVIRGINIACandlewood Suites Chesapeake/Suffolk
North AmericaUSAVIRGINIAHoliday Inn Express Fredericksburg Southpoint
North AmericaUSAVIRGINIAHoliday Inn Express Williamsbrg Busch Gardens Area
North AmericaUSAWASHINGTONHoliday Inn Express & Suites Lacey
North AmericaUSAWEST VIRGINIACandlewood Suites Logan
North AmericaUSAWEST VIRGINIACandlewood Suites Morgantown-Univ West Virginia
North AmericaUSAWISCONSINStaybridge Suites Milwaukee West-Oconomowoc
North AmericaUSAWYOMINGHoliday Inn Express & Suites Lander

IHG Pointbreaks Hotels July 2017

The hotels on the list don’t feature many Intercontinental brand hotels this time. There’s the InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar, which does look great, but we don’t think the savings are worth going out of your way for at a regular price of USD$63 (Approx AUD$80). There’s still a decent saving booking it with points though.

InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar

Intercontinental Booking Pointbreaks

Intercontinental Booking Pointbreaks

Crown Plaza Hotels

There are a few Crown Plaza Hotels including Paraguay, Aberdeen and this one in New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida:

Crowne Plaza New Delhi IHG Pointbreaks

Crowne Plaza New Delhi IHG Pointbreaks Rate

 

New Delhi Cancellable Rate

Crowne Plaza New Delhi Cancellable Rate

The best deal saving we found out of the hotels we checked out was for the Crowne Plaza Aberdeen. A 75% saving versus the flexible rate of $174 per night.

Crowne Plaza Aberdeen IHG Pointbreaks Rate

Crowne Plaza Aberdeen

Crown Plaza Aberdeen flexible

Crown Plaza Aberdeen flexible

 

Holiday Inn Hotels

There are lots of Holiday Inn hotels on the list. Some hotels are found in otherwise expensive locations such as Madrid and London. The Holiday Inn Croydon in Surrey (London) usually has rates starting around $106 per night so quite a saving there, but it is a fair distance out of London.

 

Croydon Holiday Inn

Croydon Holiday Inn

Most likely you’ll be getting around a 50% saving on some of the hotels on the list versus their flexible rates that allow cancellation (which is our comparison as they also allow last minute cancellation).

How can I earn or buy IHG Points for my Pointbreaks Booking?

Transferring from a Credit Card

In Australia, a few credit cards are able to transfer points across to IHG. The Citibank Prestige Visa Card is one of the few with a transfer rate of 2:5 Citi points to 1 IHG Reward Point. I can’t actually think of any others off the top of my head right now!

The Citibank card has a hefty fee of $700 (but there are other benefits for this fee) and Citibank’s signup deal currently gets you 70,000 Citi Points which equates to 5 free nights at hotels on the Pointbreaks list.

As an aside, the Citibank Prestige card used to be one of my favourite cards until June 2017 when they massively reduced the effective earn rates on general spend and simultaneously reduced the earn rate and increased the foreign exchange rate fees on overseas spend. I now only use it for restaurant spend where they don’t accept American Express cards which nets me 3 Citipoints per $. I have shifted all my previous spend to other cards.

If you have this card already, this would mean you would need to put a general spend of $12,500 on this card to give you the 5000 points needed for a free night or $4167 in international spend or restaurant spend.

IHG Citibank Transfer Rate

IHG Citibank Transfer Rate

That’s ok but not great given the other things we could do with those points (for example current Citibank Hilton promo transfer).

Also not terribly useful if you don’t have that card, don’t want that cardm or need the points now!

Buying Points from IHG

Luckily for us, IHG also sell points and they currently have a ‘sale’ on where you can buy points here. This would be our recommendation rather than transferring points from a credit card.

It’s a relatively simple process.

You will need to join and create an IHG account here first.

Make a note of your Member number as you’ll need to login with this at the next step.

Then you can click here to buy the points.

The current sale provides for upto 80% bonus points of you buy over 15,000 points. So for us buying 17,000 points, we get 30,600 points in total for a cost of USD$212.50 . This converts to AUD$ 264.70 at the time of writing. 0.694 US cents per point or 0.865 AUD cents per point. So the 5000 points at this level costs $43.26 if you charge to purchase to a credit card that does not charge a foreign exchange fee.

Buying IHG Miles

Buying IHG Miles

Making an IHG Pointbreaks Booking?

Click on the hotel link from the list above and go to make a booking as usual. It should show up the price as 5000 points per night (availability is limited and great hotels on the list tend to sell out quickly). Also the bookings are changeable with a refund in points (not cash), so they are comparable with the fully flexible rates.

You need to bear in mind that as usual no points are earned on the room rate using points although you will earn points on incidentals charged to your room.

If you’re interested in room upgrades, I’ve also successfully upgraded a booking on points to a higher room category by asking at reception on check-in for a small fee so this may be worth doing.

Our Conclusion

There’s nothing on the list of hotels that sets our hearts on fire and makes us want to go out of our way to stay at any of these locations but I guess that’s why they are having the award sale. Some of the hotels may be a bit out of the way so you’d save on the accommodation but perhaps pay a bit more in transportation. We’d favour location over saving a few dollars but everyone has different priorities.

We’d like to see more in tourist centres like Spain, Portugal, France, Thailand, Bali, Fiji and some island resorts for us to get excited about the deals. And yet again there’s nothing on the list in Australia or even close to home.

But if you’re in the market for a hotel in one of the locations of need to visit friends or relatives in these locations then it can certainly save some money. Also travelling with children or doing a roadtrip around countries like USA and Canada where there are a lot of options then it opens up possibilities for a cheap holiday.

We would check availability on the dates you have in mind though before buying points. The points can also be used for regular rewards at all IHG hotels but when we checked point rates versus cash rates on a few random rates for hotels in Australia there were no savings to be made compared to a few years back when the AUD was at parity with the USD.

Let us know your thoughts and what you’d like to see on the list in the future or if you’ve stayed at any of the hotels in the list.

 

 

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