My speculation on the demise of Priority Club PointBreaks was premature as a new set of hotels has been published for reward nights at 5,000 points for stays through July 30, 2011. This is a good sign and continued opportunity for cheap reward nights at 133 select hotels around the world over the next 12 weeks.
PointBreaks rewards may seem overwhelmingly targeted for U.S. locations with 79 hotels in the U.S. and 54 in all other countries. The limitation of Last Minute Rewards to U.S. hotels followed by a low presence of international hotels for PointBreaks has the appearance of Priority Club as a USA-centric loyalty program. Over 70% of IHG hotels are in the U.S. with Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn at around 2,500 hotels, and extended stay brands Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites with nearly 500 more hotels. The proportion of international hotels in PointBreaks is a fair sample relative to the proportion of non-U.S. hotels among 4,500 global hotels of InterContinental Hotels Group. PointBreaks include 16 Crowne Plaza hotels with 8 in the U.S. and 8 international and 3 InterContinental hotels in Egypt and Philippines available for 5,000 points per night through July 30.
Remember PointBreaks rooms are limited and once allocated rooms are booked these hotels drop off the list.
United States (79 hotels)
Canada (5 hotels)
Mexico (9 hotels)
Central & South America (4 hotels)
Europe (17 hotels)
Africa (2 hotels)
Middle East (4 hotels)
Asia (10 hotels)
Oceania (2 hotels)