There are several posts on the new PointBreaks list, which allows us to book hotel rooms through July 31, 2014 for $30 or less per night. Even if you’ve read those, read this.
I’ve honed my strategy for getting $30 per night rooms quite a bit, and I want to share it, so everyone can have access to the best practices. Plus I’ve stayed in PointBreaks hotels several times in the last two years, so I want to say a word on their quality.
And there has been a big change to my booking strategy since the last PointBreaks list, forced by a change in the PointBreaks terms and conditions.
This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for at most $30 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost $200 or more per night.
And there is an overlap with a Daily Getaways sale that means you can get a PointBreaks hotel this summer for $30.
- What’s my strategy to make the most of PointBreaks?
- What are the top properties on the newest PointBreaks list?
- What change to PointBreaks rules has changed my booking strategy?
- How can but IHG Rewards points 16% cheaper for a limited time?
IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks
IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty program for InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, and Staybridge Suites. As we covered here, IHG Rewards Club normally charges 10,000 to 50,000 points for a free night depending on the property.
But every few months, IHG Rewards Club releases a list of a select few hotels where you can stay for 5,000 points per night. That’s a 90% discount on some hotels!
The new list of PointBreaks hotels is good for stays now through 7/31/14.
You can currently buy 15k to 50k IHG points for 0.6 cents each or less, meaning you can get any hotel on the PointBreaks list for $30 or less.
Problem #1: Not every hotel is on the PointBreaks list.
Solution: There is no solution for this problem.
When a new list comes out, I check its end date then look at my Meet Up page to figure out where I’ll be between now and then that I might want a hotel. I also consider trips I haven’t planned, but have been mulling. And finally I look for the incredible properties that normally cost 50,000 miles to see if I want to take an impromptu trip.
I note all the hotels that I might want to stay at.
Problem #2: Not every night is available at hotels that are on the list–and what availability there is can disappear quickly.
Solution: Book award space now.
This leads to Problem #3.
Problem #3: I may want to change my plans later, but I may have to cancel the entire award to do that, costing me the chance at 5,000 point ($30) nights.
Solution: Book awards as a series of one-night stays.
The solution used to be to book awards as a series of one-night stays then later cancel the ones you didn’t need. That is now prohibited by the terms and conditions, which say:
“Due to the limited availability, each member may only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel during the special offer time period.”
Now you have to make your best guess for when you’ll want to stay at a hotel. Or you can always make two reservations each from multiple accounts.
If you book more nights than you need, I also think it’s possible that by calling IHG or the hotel, you can trim some dates off a previous booking, but I can’t say for sure that would work.
Problem #5: I don’t have any IHG Rewards Club points.
Caveat: Not all nights are available as 5,000 point award nights at the hotels that are on the list. Check availability before buying points.
Best Hotels on this PointBreaks List
There are not any InterContinentals on this list, and as usual, it is mostly Holiday Inns and Holiday Inn Expresses abroad plus Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites in the United States.
At $30, even those are steals, but if you want something more upmarket, check out:LITHUANIA
CROWNE PLAZA VILNIUS
My Experiences Staying at PointBreaks Hotels
Example from Summer 2013
I scoured that summer’s PointBreaks list to see if any of my travel plans coincided with any of the hotels, and they did in one case: I was in South Africa in August and there was a Holiday Inn Express in Pretoria and a Holiday Inn in Sandton (Johannesburg) on the list.
I booked three consecutive one night stays at the Holiday Inn in Sandton and three consecutive one night stays at the Holiday Inn Express in Pretoria.
The Sandton Holiday Inn goes for $117 per night, but I got the rooms for $35.
I used three of the six nights, and I canceled the ones I didn’t need within a few days of check in when I finally knew my plans. (Check the cancellation policy when you book as it varies by hotel, but you always have until the last few days at a minimum.)
Neither hotel was luxurious, but both had free internet and the Holiday Inn Express had a free hot breakfast buffet that saved me the cost of a meal.
Both hotels were clean and comfortable, so I was very happy with my stays as I reported in my post about saving 88% on my hotel bill in Stockholm.
Example from Summer 2012
I scoured that summer’s PointBreaks list to see if any of my travel plans coincided with any of the hotels, and they did in one case: I would be in Krakow, Poland and the Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre was on the list.
I was in Krakow June 6 – 9, and I didn’t have a hotel booked. While the Krakow Holiday Inn was hardly the nicest property on the PointBreaks list, its cheapest room June 6 was 531 Polish Zloty, which was $153.
The first thing I did was search availability, and I found space June 6 and 8, but not June 7. I decided to book June 6 and 8, so I needed 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points.
I had zero IHG Rewards Club points in my account, so I transferred in 5,000 points from Ultimate Rewards. I bought 10,000 more points for $70 exactly how I outlined above leaving me with 15,000 points after I cancelled my dummy booking.
With my new points, I made two one-night bookings on June 6 and 8.
I noted the cancellation policy, which varies by hotel, in case I had to cancel. At the Holiday Inn Krakow, I just had to cancel by 4 PM the day of arrival.
I ended up very much enjoying the stay at the Holiday Inn Krakow, and I wrote about it in my Krakow, Poland Hotel Guide.
The new PointBreaks list is out from IHG Rewards Club. This is a list of hotels you can book for 5,000 points or $30 per night at current prices for points through Daily Getaways. The best way to take advantage of the list is to be active right now.
I have booked a $153 hotel room for $35 using the techniques in this post. And there are much nicer, more expensive hotels on the list of PointBreaks hotels.
Which hotel will you stay at for $30?