IHG Pointbreaks Hotels No Longer Only 5,000 Points
We received communication from IHG announcing the next Pointbreaks list will come out Monday January 29th. A sneak peak will be offered tomorrow January 26th.
But there was some interesting news in there as well. The Pointbreaks rooms will no longer be only 5,000 points per night. There will also be hotels offered at 10,000 and 15,000 points per night to go along with some 5,000 point hotels. Points and cash bookings will be also available on Pointsbreaks bookings for the first time.
The 5,000 points per night Pointsbreaks promotions are one of the better deals in the travel world. They have allowed you to get rooms worth hundreds of dollars for only $30 worth of points. It has even been possible to purchase the points at that price so you essentially could pay $30 in cash for a room worth up to 10 times that much.
But over the last several years the hotels offered have been poor and rarely worth booking. My hope is that with this change they will at least offer higher quality hotels like they did back in the day even if at a higher cost.
The preview list offers some interesting choices so I think this is where it may be going.
- Holiday Inn® Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie (Malaysia) (5,000 points)
- InterContinental® Nairobi (Kenya) (10,000 points)
- Holiday Inn® San Antonio Northwest (US) (10,000 points)
- InterContinental® Cali (Colombia) (10,000 points)
- Holiday Inn Express® London – Newbury Park (UK) (10,000 points)
- InterContinental® Sao Paolo (Brazil) (15,000 points)
- Holiday Inn® Helsinki City Centre (Finland) (15,000 points)
- Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz (Germany) (15,000 points)
While it is upsetting to see yet another thing we cherish get devalued this may end up being a net positive when it is all said and done. I am not sure what the points and cash rates will be but it could be an interesting way to get deeply discounted rooms with only a small stash of points.
Hopefully this leads to better hotels being offered during the promotion that still end up being large discounts off of the cash rates. Only time will tell but I think this will be the case, at least in the beginning.
What do you think – will this be a positive or a negative? Let me know in the comments.