One of the better consistent hotel promotions is now live. IHG allows a select group of its hotels to be booked for 5,000-15,000 points. For everyday people, being able to book hotels for less points could allow you to take another vacation somewhere.
While many of the hotels on the lists are in places you might never go, it’s worth taking a look because there are good values. A few years ago, I found a 5,000-point hotel just outside Portland.
The full IHG Pointsbreaks list is published here. There are very few 5,000-point hotels on this list (either in Texas or China), but there are some good values at the other levels.
There is a limited quantity so you might need to move fast in order to get the cheaper rate. These hotels can be booked from April 30th through July 31st.
InterContinental: Pattaya, Thailand | Regularly ~$100 or 35,000 points.
Hotel Indigo: Mt. Pleasant (SC)| Regularly ~$250 or 40,000 points.
Crowne Plaza: Manchester – Oxford Road | Regularly ~$130 or 35,000 points.
Holiday Inn Express Gent | Regularly $~100 or 20,000 points.
Candlewood Suites Oklahoma City – Bricktown | Regularly ~$90 or 20,000 points.
Candlewood Suites Decatur Medical Center | Regularly ~$70 or 10,000 points.
Buying IHG points
Buying points is usually a bad idea, but when promotions like the IHG Pointsbreak come around, it can be worth it.
Right now, IHG is running a promotion for buying points. While it ends at the end of the month, they are offering a 50% bonus when purchasing 5,000-19,000 points and a 75% bonus when purchasing 20,000+ points.
It’s important to compare the cost of buying points the cost of the room you might book. We’ve calculated the costs below.
So, for the sake of the IHG Pointsbreak hotels, you can get a “paid” night by buying the points for $67.50 (5,000-point hotels), $94.50 (10,000-point hotels) and $135 (15,000-point hotels).
You can look at the costs to buy points on the IHG website, however you must have am IHG account to do so. That is one of the reason we suggest in our Beginner’s Guide to create accounts at many of the domestic travel brands.
Additionally, if you have this credit card, you can book a fourth night for free for an award stay. That means if you pay with points for the first three nights, the fourth won’t cost you anything. That can be big savings.
The Chase 5/24 rule affects this card. Be sure you haven’t applied for 5 credit cards in the previous 24 months or you will be declined.
The IHG Pointsbreaks hotels are a great value for the everyday traveler. Not only do they cost less points than normal, but the value to purchase points can sometimes be cheaper than the nightly rate.
Before booking a room at any of these hotels, double check the cost to purchase points against the cost of the room.