The new list of PointBreaks hotels for stays through October 31, 2013 is available for booking hotels at 5,000 points per night.
Every time these lists come out I read several comments on other blogs about how there are few interesting properties. I would love to stay at an InterContinental on PointBreaks reward nights for 5,000 points per night, but my travel plans have never worked out to coincide with a PointBreaks opportunity like that.
I am quite happy to get a $30 hotel night on PointBreaks when rates are $110 after tax. That $80 saved on the hotel room buys me 500 to 600 miles in gas travel.
Today is the final day to buy IHG Rewards Club points as low as $5.75 per 1,000 points. That makes a PointBreaks reward night come out to $28.75 for a hotel night that might otherwise be priced at $100 to $150 or more. The cost is a low $33.75 per night if you buy only 10,000 points.
CANDLEWOOD SUITES FORT SMITH
CANDLEWOOD SUITES GRAND JUNCTION NW
HOLIDAY INN DANBURY-BETHEL @ I-84
HOLIDAY INN DOVER-DOWNTOWN
STAYBRIDGE SUITES BISMARCK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MERRIMACK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FALLON
HOLIDAY INN MIDDLETOWN-GOSHEN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES COLUMBIA-FT. JACKSON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ABERDEEN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES HOUSTON IAH / BELTWAY 8
CANDLEWOOD SUITES LEAGUE CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CORPUS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FALFURRIAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FORT WORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES UVALDE
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES CHARLESTON WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VERNON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HALIFAX-BEDFORD
Central America, South America and Caribbean
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SAN JOSE COROBICI
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SAN PEDRO SULA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SANTO DOMINGO
HOLIDAY INN VIENNA – SOUTH
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LIMASSOL
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL VILNIUS
HOLIDAY INN IJMUIDEN – SEAPORT BEACH
HOLIDAY INN ZILINA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL BURSA
HOLIDAY INN WALSALL M6, JCT. 10
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BIRMINGHAM – SOUTH A45
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS COLCHESTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LIVERPOOL – KNOWSLEY M57,JCT.4
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROTHERHAM – NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HARLOW
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SWINDON CITY CENTRE
Middle East and Africa
HOLIDAY INN ASHKELON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NANTONG XINGHU
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SHANGHAI MEILONG
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHONGQING RIVERSIDE
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL ZHENGZHOU
HOLIDAY INN SHIJIAZHUANG CENTRAL
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL HANGZHOU GRAND CANAL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SHANGHAI WUJIAOCHANG
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL JAKARTA
HOLIDAY INN BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 22
No participating hotels.
My travel plans next month include road tripping The Northern Tier
My only plans so far during the next two months is a National Parks road trip through the mountain states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in late September.
A national education organization I used to belong to when I represented college students from all over the country referred to this region including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas as The Northern Tier. These low population states banded together to get better representation for their region.
Ten years ago I used my United 1K status to match to Alaska Airlines MVP Gold top tier and then did several $158 eight-segment flights to reach 35 segments during a fall 2003 promo for 100,000 bonus miles. I spent several days routing around Idaho and eastern Washington on cheap San Jose (SJC) – Portland (PDX) tickets while transiting through Boise and Lewiston. The last time I road tripped through this part of the country was 1994.
Stringing together hotel nights at $30 per night is some serious hotel savings with IHG PointBreaks.
I recall a few years back having a lunch meeting in Monterey with a hotel program CEO. He made the comment that hotels are expensive when you consider every $400 hotel night is a lifestyle purchase that could have bought something more tangible like a brand new computer.
That was an unexpected insight to hear from a CEO.
This round of PointBreaks for me might mean getting several $30 hotel nights to reduce the cost of my trip.
Here is a sample itinerary on how I could save using PointBreaks for my road trip as an example of the value these reward nights offer.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corning, California (Interstate 5)
- Wednesday Sep 25 = $115.49 after tax. Corning is 70 miles from Lassen Volcanic National Park.
- Thursday Sep 26 Holiday Inn Express Portland I-5 Wilsonville, Oregon = $119.90 after tax.
- Friday Sep 27 Candlewood Suites Boise-Meridian, Idaho = $102.82 after-tax.
- Wednesday October 2 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bozeman West, Montana = $203.23 for a one bedroom executive suite.
Another feature of PointBreaks reward nights besides the low price is occasionally finding upgraded room types availability like in Bozeman where a one bedroom suite can be booked.
One Bedroom Suite upgrade room on PointBreaks in Bozeman, Montana.
5,000 points or $203.93 after tax best flexible rate.
$542 in published room rates with flexible cancellation or buy 20,000 points for $135 today through the IHG Rewards Club points sale.
Priceline or Hotwire is not going to buy me four hotel nights for less than $135.
I see plenty of value in this current list of PointBreaks without even getting on an airplane to take advantage of the luxury hotels in the InterContinental brand in places like Jordan and the Ukraine.