Update: the list is now live.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, IHG is moving away from charging a flat 5k points per night for PointBreaks hotels. Instead, they will charge 5k, 10k and 15k points, depending on a property. The upside is: they will release a list that will consist of 200 hotels. You will be able to use Cash+Points rate under this promo. Paying 15k IHG points per night can definitely be a good deal under the right circumstances.
If you are interested in a specific property, I recommend you book it right away. The best deals will go fast, possibly within minutes. Reserve with points now, ask questions later since you can always cancel and get your points back. Obviously, don’t book hotels if you absolutely don’t intend to stay in them. That’s unclassy and will reduce award availability for everyone else. You are allowed two reservations per IHG account, but they can be for as long as you like.
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 up to 75% 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.
Readers, let me know if you are able to find anything interesting!
Leana is the owner and 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.