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Everything You Need To Know About IHG PointBreaks

PointBreaks is the best hotel promotion and it comes regularly – every few months.

However, there have been a few changes lately and so I wanted a post that explains everything you need to know about PointBreaks and how it works.

Here’s a quick outline of what this post will discuss:

  • Basics
  • Earning 5,000 points
  • How & when to book, and new rules
  • The limited number of rooms

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IHG PointBreaks for Jan 25 – Apr 30, 2016

The PointBreaks list is out, bookable Jan 25 for stays through April 30th. Again, I decided to make a map that’s below. And the list is here.

IHG’s PointBreaks list is a list of hotels you can book for 5,000 points a night, for this limited time. Normally I say hotels go quick… but this list is another one that lacks anything too exciting.

But once the unknown number of determined rooms is booked, the hotel is taken off the list and the price goes back to normal. Below is the map, and if you see a hotel that would work for you before the end of April, book at this much discounted rate. If you’d like to learn more read Intro to IHG PointBreaks, or Complete Guide to IHG Rewards Points.

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Breaking Down The Costs of Living In Luxury Hotels For All 2015

Another calendar year traveling the world, and living in hotels, to add up all of our stats to see exactly what programs were the best for us.

This is our breakdown of how every night, every point, and every dollar was spent. (I was going to do this earlier, but became sick (bronchitis)).



  • Total points  = 2,210,000
  • Total cash = $6,678.66
    • $556.55 a month
    • $23.76 /night (when you exclude nights with family)
  • Free nights = 184

But if you want to see some of the hotels we’ve stayed in, check out our top hotels of 2015. Which is to say, we spent two weeks in InterContinental hotels in French Polynesia, to African safari lodges… but we have not stayed in hostels and 1 star hotels. (Except helping with Carrie’s sister’s adoption in Ukraine).

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Our 9 Favorite Hotels of 2015

I started to combine my annual hotel expenses post with favorite hotels, but realized the list was getting too long, so again made it its own post.

This year, we had quite the range of hotels, from a number of hotels in Africa to overwater bungalows in Bora Bora. From Sydney to Ukraine.

Although, unlike a lot of people my list is pretty much based on experiences not luxury. So below I list hotels that didn’t make the top 9 that were actually more luxurious. But when I think about what hotel I recommend I think of the full experience, including the city.

Also just a note- some of these photos are ours and some are not. Unfortunately our photo hard drive fell and broke, so we lost a lot of photos. I’ll use our own photos wherever I can.

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3 (Temporary) Credit Card Bonuses We Jumped On

Real quick, I thought I’d share these credit card sign up bonuses that are temporarily up. As I’ll explain, now’s definitely a good time to jump on bonuses.

Simply put, why apply for the same card when the bonus is lower? Why get a card that has a bonus of 40,000 points later, when it’s 50,000 points now? Why get the BA card later when the bonus is 50,000, when right now you at least have the option of getting the 100,000 bonus.

This may be miles & points 101, but everyone should at least be aware of the bonuses.

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We have spent the majority of our marriage traveling full time, living out of hotels.   All the while, we list our expenses publicly, budgeting $25,000 a year for our nomadic life while still staying in mostly 4 or 5 star hotels across ~20 countries a year.
Go to About Me to learn more.