Fall 2008 PointBreaks List Currently Available for IHG Priority Club Rewards Reservations for Stays through November 30, 2008
PointBreaks are one of the best available hotel loyalty deals for the traveler. The new list of participating hotels in the InterContinental Hotels Group for Priority Club Rewards PointBreaks is out and contains nearly 140 hotels around the world available for just 5,000 points per reward night.
· Middle East = 5 hotels in Egypt, Eritrea, Israel, Lebanon, and Yemen
· Asia = 21 hotels in China, India, Japan, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka
· Oceania = 4 hotels in Australia and Fiji
· Europe = 20 hotels in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK.
· Central and South America = 6 hotels in Brazil, El Salvador, and Guatemala
· Mexico = 6 hotels
· Canada = 11 hotels in 6 provinces
· USA = 65 hotels in 17 states
In Fall 2007 there were 49 hotels in Europe on the PointBreaks list and this year there are only 20 hotels in the Fall 2008 PointBreaks offer. Still, although the participating hotels are fewer, there are great savings to be had if one of the properties matches your destination.
Haifa, Israel has a Crowne Plaza hotel where I saw 6 nights availability for 30,000 points in October using Pointbreaks. The lowest available rate for the Crowne Plaza Haifa during the dates checked for Pointbreaks availability was $156US/night.
For a traveler planning to stay in Haifa for six nights the choice becomes 30,000 points or $936? If you are paying the bill with your own funds, consider 30,000 Priority Club Rewards points can be purchased for $345 online on the Priority Club Rewards website.
I tried a dozen dates for the Crowne Plaza Milan, Italy and could not find any availability using PointBreaks. With room rates in the 150-200 Euro per night range, the PointBreaks would be quite valuable at this location if you can locate availability.
October 14-17, 2008 sample dates for 3-night hotel stay searches:
Crowne Plaza Hannover, Germany had availability for a 3-night stay in October on my first date search. The lowest available room rate for these dates was a nonrefundable 117€/night ($1.47/€ = $172US/night). 15,000 Priority Club points would save $516 on this stay.
Holiday Inn Jaipur, India had availability for a 3-night stay in October for 15,000 points using PointBreaks. The lowest available rate was 6,750 Indian Rupees ($158US) or $474US for a 3-night stay.
Hotel Indigo Fishers Indy’s Uptown, Fishers, Indiana, USA
3-night stay will cost 15,000 Priority Club Rewards points or $159 (+ 12% tax)/night or $534.24 for a 3-night stay at a Hotel Indigo in Indiana.
Priority Club Points Purchase when used for PointBreaks Award Nights. Members can purchase up to 40,000 points in a 12-month period.
5,000 points = $67.50 at $13.50 per 1,000 points.
1-night PointBreaks award costs $67.50.
15,000 points = $187.50 ($12.50 per 1,000 points.
3-night PointBreaks reward costs $62.50/night.
25,000 points = $287.50 ($11.50 per 1,000 points.
5-night PointBreaks reward costs $57.50/night.
Priority Club has a real treat for the savvy consumer who can fit Pointbreaks Reward nights into your travel itinerary.
The hotel frequent guest promotions were flying out of the internet this week as I was busy helping my wife move from one classroom to her new kindergarten classroom (the amount of classroom stuff she has is equivalent to moving our household).
And then there are the Beijing 2008 Olympics. I watched the opening ceremonies online Friday morning, August 8, on Russian and German TV. I watched Michael Phelps win his first gold medal live over the internet on Saudi TV. And each day as I learned of new sites for online viewing access, the sites were made inaccessible to viewers in the USA. Big brother is squeezing the internet and the American viewers suffer through this Olympics. Some of us more than others. At least east coast USA is seeing some of the Olympics live, particularly Michael Phelps swimming races. I have been spending 8 to 9 pm every evening online picking up the posted times and scores of the races here in California while running a verbal rant against the corporate idiots who subject American viewers to tape-delay sports while simultaneously blocking access to live video feeds of the Olympic events over the internet.
Roger Federer and the Williams sisters should have considered sleeping in a Beijing Holiday Inn Express. The Tennis US Open is just around the corner and unfortunately the new IHG Priority Club PointBreaks list for Fall stays does not include Beijing, California, or New York for those of us finished watching tennis breakpoints.