The list is out and bookable here. Good for stays between Nov 1 and Jan 31.
If you don’t know that this is the best sale ever, or how to get in on it, read An Introduction to IHG PointBreaks.
In my opinion this is a great list:
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IHG Rewards (which was Priority Club) and its kin, Ambassador status, gets all too confusing. The reason they turned into two status programs is because they want Ambassador Status to be something that is good only at InterContinental branded hotels and IHG Rewards to be the rewards and points system for all IHG hotels (which includes InterContinental as well as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites).
Let me take a minute to explain each status, the easy and the hard way to earn each status, and the real perks.
Last month IHG changed their Best Rate Guarantee policy. When I first heard this I was scared but it turned out to be a mild change, yet it definitely cuts out on a lot of abuse.
In case your unfamiliar with IHG’s Best Rate Guarantee (which must make you new to Travel Is Free (welcome!)) the basic concept is this – if you book on IHG and find a lower rate on a competing site, you get your first night free. Even if it’s a 1 night stay, it’s free. Even if it’s an awesome hotel like the InterContinental Budapest during a holiday week, it’s free. Even if it’s a Club Room to the shwank lounge at the InterContinental Dusseldorf, it’s free. (Hotel review coming soon). If you’d like to read more about this policy, check out the post on IHG’s Best Rate Guarantee.
IHG has come out with the most interesting promotion for this last quarter, Sept 1 – December 31. It’s called “The Big Win” and each person has a different promotion with tasks, if you will. If you complete a goal, like stay two saturdays or book online, you get a bonus. And if you complete all of your tasks, you get a Big Win bonus amount of points.
The Big Win bonus usually matches the combination of small bonuses you get. For example I get 106,000 points for completing all my tasks, but 53,000 (half) of them are from the Big Win bonus, which comes from completing all of the tasks. Click to Read More…
The PointBreaks list is now shown but not really open. It will open for booking August 26th. The reason I’m posting a pending list is because there is currently a sale on IHG Rewards points that ends on the 26th. Right now you have a chance to buy the points- enough points for any hotel on the list- for $28. If any of these hotels works in your schedule for Sept or Oct, you should really consider buying the points now!
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I’ve been an IHG Rewards Points millionaire for pennies. Well, I never hold onto IHG points very long but it’s not uncommon for me to have 100,000 IHG Rewards Points and I barely spend money. Take a minute to learn all the IHG hacks and you too will be earning more points than reasonable. Make sure you read the section on Earning IHG Points on Steroids.
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The InterContinental Hotel Group’s Best Rate Guarantee is the best…. for free nights. Their policy is that simple, book with us and find a lower rate on another site and get a free night on your stay. If you have a one night stay, it’s completely free. Call me crazy, but I spend enough time searching for these things that I prefer to think of it as an art. If you’d like to learn the art of free nights with Best Rate Guarantee, keep reading. (Do I take BRGs too seriously?)
This isn’t new news. Choice Hotels also has a free night BRG policy and I included both in the list of best BRG’s for free nights. I’ve even written about How to Find IHG BRGs before. But I wanted to give updates and a more in depth look at the rules and more tricks for finding these BRGs.
More than ever I’m finding that the best uses of IHG Rewards are with the deals and sales they have. Which is fine for the extremely flexible, the last minute bookers and the constant traveler (me, me and me). Otherwise there are a few gems in the award chart that are good for more traditional use. I’ll go over those most valuable hotels and which deals to look out for when redeeming points.
It used to be that the spread of price points for awards was pretty big in even the most expensive cities. Some hotels in great locations all over Manhattan could be had for 20,000 points and a few for 15,000! Which was crazy as when I was there for New Years Eve those hotels got up to $500 and the Crowne Plaza got up to $800 (which is where we stayed).
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YES! I just saw on facebook that PointBreaks is out and doesn’t suck!
It’s actually one of the best lists in a while and the sale of IHG points is tomorrow on Daily Getaways! So we have a lot to go over.
What is PointBreaks?
It’s where Priority Club, aka IHG, list a number of hotels that can be had for 5,000 points. Some of them are 35,000 points a night normally. They are limited availability and are only good for two months. So this list is good for booking now until Aug 31st.
The hot picks on PointBreaks
Now all bookable here.
… and a fair amount of Crowne Plaza hotels.
Tell me this isn’t the best list in a while? Don’t get me wrong, the IC Hong Kong isn’t on the list but there are still more IC hotels than ever. And many of them are 5 star hotels, like the IC Saigon.
Here’s the deal
On June 28th and July 1st, they are selling Priority Club points on DailyGetaways. Essentially you can buy 5,000 points for $28.25 when using an Amex Card ($31.50 without an Amex).
Here’s the dilema
The nice hotels sell out quick and I’m not sure how long it takes the points to post. If you see something you want, grab it now if you have the points. If not, buy on the 28th date. Fortunately I don’t see too many that will sell out in the first day. Actually, I think most of these will last til July 1st even. But it’s just a guess. Hopefully the other bloggers won’t post about this. :-p
Suddenly the IHG on DailyGetaways sounds like a good idea.
One last tip, it may be wise to check availability on rewards in general before buying. And if you’re checking on July 1st, make sure it’s still on the PointBreaks list.