Just a quick post to let you know that IHG blog has a full preview for new PointBreaks list. You can view it here Each reward night at participating hotels will cost 5,000 IHG points for bookings and stays from October 30, 2017 through January 31, 2018. So, you won’t be able to reserve them at this rate till Monday. Keep in mind, many properties become bookable first thing in the morning, so check the website throughout the day if you have an eye on a specific hotel.
I don’t see anything super exciting in US, but if you are going home for the holidays, you may find a gem or two in the vicinity. And paying 5,000 IHG points per night sure beats sleeping on someone’s couch, doesn’t it? I’m sitting this one out, though. That said, here are few properties that I think will fall off the list fast:
You have a few options to get the points right now if you don’t already have them in your IHG account:
1) Transfer the points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to IHG 1:1 if you have Chase Sapphire Preferred, Reserve or Ink Preferred cards. Per reports, the points don’t always transfer instantly.
2) Buy them directly from IHG at a cost of 13.50 per one thousand points. LINK (right now there is a promo going on that will give you 100% bonus on purchased points).
3) You can also buy them via “Cash+Points” trick, where you make a reservation at a random IHG hotel, then cancel it and get the points refunded. That way, they end up costing 0.7 cents each. You have to have 5,000 points to begin with. I don’t endorse this method and IHG may suspend your account if you do it too many times, but it’s there if you are willing to risk it.
If you are interested in a specific property, I recommend you book it right away. Reserve with points now, ask questions later since you can always cancel and get your points back. Obviously, don’t book hotels if you don’t intend on staying there. Start checking on Monday morning because some hotels update the rate before the official announcement is made. You are allowed two reservations per IHG account, but they can be for as long as you like.
Guys, please share your PointBreaks plans with me!
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.