IHG Priority Club PointBreaks Hotels
IHG Priority Club posted its list of participating PointBreaks hotels this past week. The current list of hotels is available for 5,000 points per night for reservations through the end of February 2009.
This is one of the best redemption deals available through hotel loyalty programs.
IHG Priority Club hotel brands are Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, and InterContinental Hotel.
Even if these hotel brands are not on your regular stay list and consequently you do not have Priority Club points, the low cost of a free night using points makes these offers worthy of considering the option to buy points ($11.50 to $13.50 per 1,000 points and there is a 10% bonus on purchases made through November 6) or make a points exchange using American Express Membership Rewards (1,000 Membership Rewards points converts to 1,000 Priority Club points) or Diners Club Rewards (1,250 Club Rewards = 1,500 Priority Club points).
Loyalty Traveler analysis shows the Priority Club purchase option is a better value than the AmEx or Diners points transfer to Priority Club. Save your credit card points for airline miles or a better hotel points exchange value.
The current PointBreaks selection consists of 163 hotels:
· USA – 78 hotels
· Canada – 9 hotels
· Mexico – 5 hotels
· South America – 8 hotels
· Europe – 25 hotels
· Middle East/Africa – 14 hotels
· Asia – 21 hotels
· Oceania – 3 hotels
Generally the best values are for stays at InterContinental and Crowne Plaza hotel properties.
Here is an example of the savings using a PointBreaks award:
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor (Perfect for the night before your Mexico cruise)
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor PointBreaks Reservation
The same reservation paying cash will be double the price of just buying points for a PointBreaks award.
Paid Night At Crowne Plaza LA Harbour $145;
PointBreaks Night Buying 5,000 Points at $13.50/1,000 = $67.50
[Loyalty Traveler note: I find Priority Club has one of the most frustrating websites for getting reservation options. I constantly get locked into a reservations page with limited choices for rate types. I am not technically savvy enough to understand what is happening.
For example, when I am searching I can get locked out of AAA rates when looking at multiple properties. I have to close my browser completely and start again.
I am having trouble today accessing PointBreaks. I am not getting reward night options using the direct link.
I only get this option when linking to a hotel from the PointBreaks page.
PointBreaks links to hotels keeps taking me to this option and not the Reward Nights option
Clearing my cookies did not solve the problem.
I have more trouble with IHG Priority Club than any other hotel site. Today, I can’t access PointBreaks directly, but I did get to PointBreaks reward nights using an indirect hotel search route.]
List of PointBreaks Hotels Available October 25, 2008
Central & South America
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
CHINA – PEOPLES REPUBLIC
PAPUA NEW GUINEA