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IHG PointBreaks Changes Redemption Rates to 5,000, 10,000 and 15,000 Points Per Night, Now Bookable Online

Intercontinental Hotels Group has changed its PointBreaks pricing from 5,000 points for every room to 5,000, 10,000 and 15,000 points for rooms at different hotels.

The list is live, and IHG now offers award night at three different point values, and for the first time ever it’s possible to book PointBreaks rooms using a combination of points and cash. The new list of more than 200 hotels is available for stays between Jan. 29 and April 30.

With more than 200 hotels on sale, more hotels than ever participate in the promo. However, the nightly redemption rates have gone up, which is not great. Of the 5,000-point-per-night hotels, 11 are in the United States and 22 properties are located worldwide—that’s a total of 33 hotels. Locations include China, Canada, Brazil and Turkey, among others. Of the 10,000-point properties, 76 are in the U.S. and 40 are abroad. Twenty properties in the U.S and 34 international hotels charge 15,000 points per night.

Multiple InterContinental properties are included in this sale, which are the most popular PointBreaks hotels, but all are listed at 15,000 IHG Rewards points per night. Those properties are located in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, Ukraine and Lebanon.

Please note that participating hotels are subject to change at any time, depending on how quickly the rooms are booked. IHG members are limited to two reservations at each hotel, based on availability, but blackout dates do not apply. If you are going to a city with a participating property, book as quickly as you can because the list can change based on availability.

No matter how you look at it, this is a devaluation of IHG Rewards points. Earlier this year, about 500 properties have increased redemption rates on award nights, and this new PointBreaks list isn’t anything to write home about. Just 4 percent of the IHG properties are included in the promo, and only 0.6 percent of hotels charge 5,000 points per night. In other words, this list is nothing but disappointing.


What do you think of the new IHG PointBreaks pricing format and the properties on the list? Will you book any of them for your upcoming vacation?

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