My main purpose is to let you know the Oct 31-Jan 31, 2017 IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks hotels are available for booking at 5,000 points per night. I already booked two hotel nights for 10,000 points that fit nicely into my current travel plans. In this post I calculate the value of PointBreaks for simple overnight stays.
IHG Rewards Club points are on sale through November 16 for $5.75 per 1,000 points when you buy 32,000 points for $200.
The cost of an IHG PointBreaks reward night = $28.75 at that points purchase price.
Prevailing room rates at time I booked PointBreaks reward night for 5,000 points per night
IHG member Advance Purchase nonrefundable rate
- $110.92 room rate; $119.79 after tax
IHG nonmember Advance Purchase nonrefundable
- $117.99 room rate; $127.43 after tax
IHG member best flexible rate
- $122.20 room rate; $131.98 after tax
IHG AAA rate
- $122.99 room rate; $132.83 after tax
Unrestricted Best Flexible Rate
- $129.99 room rate; $140.39 after tax
Objectively, I can state my hotel cost for 5,000 points is $28.75 since that is the selling price today for points. My room rate savings is $119.79 – $28.75 = $91.
IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks reduced my cost for two hotel nights today by $182.
Normally I compare my reward night savings to the lowest flexible rate since I have the same flexibility to cancel these PointBreaks reward nights and get my points back and no out of pocket expense. I can say my room rate discount is $263.96 – $57.50 (2 PointBreaks nights) = $206.46.
The main point is I spent 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points to save $200 on two hotel nights. I can buy 32,000 IHG Rewards Club points with that $200 savings. This is the third set of PointBreaks hotels this year I have found a hotel to fit my travels. Sometimes they work on road trips and other times they become a destination choice, like Vilnius, Lithuania in April 2016.
Loyalty Traveler – Hotel Review Crowne Plaza Vilnius PointBreaks stay (April 18, 2016).
What about accounting for the points that would have been earned with a paid stay and IHG Accelerate?
Points and Miles purists tend to point out that a paid stay would earn points and I don’t account for those unearned points. I would earn about 5,000 points if I booked the $110/night room rate and spent $240 for the hotel stay.
In September 2016, I stayed at Holiday Inn London Commercial Road for one night before flying to Slovakia. That one night stay earned the best bonus I was offered from IHG Rewards Club Accelerate. All my other stays during Accelerate only earn double points.
Loyalty Traveler – Hotel Review Holiday Inn London Commercial Road (Sep 11, 2016)
I earned 8,973 points from that $94 hotel stay.
Loyalty Traveler – Why IHG Accelerate fall 2016 ended for me in first week after a single $94 hotel stay (Oct 2, 2016).
In my opinion, at some point in travel you have to redeem points to get any value. I usually make the comparison between the potential value of points I can earn to the money I do not spend by staying on a reward night. Over the course of 60 to 80 hotel nights per year, there are many times when the paid stay is worthwhile for the points and benefits.
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Enterprise
- Candlewood Suites Huntsville – Research Park
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Birmingham NE – Trussville
- Staybridge Suites Rogers – Bentonville
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morrilton
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bryant – Benton Area
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tehachapi Hwy 58/Mill St.
- Holiday Inn Express Oakdale
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bakersfield Airport
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora – Naperville
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bloomington – Normal
- Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Evansville North
- Holiday Inn Express Howe (Sturgis, Mi)
- Candlewood Suites Merrillville
- Holiday Inn Alexandria – Downtown
- Candlewood Suites Gonzales – Baton Rouge Area
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morgan City – Tiger Island
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kingdom City
- Staybridge Suites Columbia-Hwy 63 & I-70
- Candlewood Suites St. Robert
- Candlewood Suites Greenville NC
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Greensboro-East
- Holiday Inn Express Plymouth
- Crowne Plaza Princeton – Conference Center
- Crowne Plaza Saddle Brook
- Crowne Plaza Monroe South Brunswick
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ashtabula-Geneva
- Hotel Indigo Cleveland-Beachwood
- Staybridge Suites Columbus-Dublin
- Holiday Inn Express Lordstown-Newton Falls/Warren
- Crowne Plaza Suites Pittsburgh South
- Candlewood Suites Grove City – Outlet Center
- Candlewood Suites Harrisburg
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alice
- Staybridge Suites Laredo International Airport
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bonham
- Staybridge Suites Chantilly Dulles Airport
- Candlewood Suites Ft Lee – Petersburg – Hopewell
- Candlewood Suites Richmond – West Broad
Hotels in Europe:
- Holiday Inn Express Neunkirchen
- Holiday Inn Dresden – Am Zwinger
- Holiday Inn Express Hamburg City Centre
- Holiday Inn Express Birmingham – Castle Bromwich
- Holiday Inn Express Cambridge-Duxford M11, Jct.10
- Holiday Inn Express Rotherham – North
- Holiday Inn Luton-South M1, Jct.9
- Holiday Inn Express St. Albans – M25, Jct.22
- Holiday Inn Express Kettering
- Holiday Inn Basildon
Hotels in Asia and Australia:
- Crowne Plaza Kochi
- Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
- Holiday Inn Express Chennai Mahindra World City
- Crowne Plaza Pune City Centre
Hotels in Africa and Middle East:
Hotels in South America:
Hotels in Latin America and Mexico:
- Holiday Inn Suites Leon Plaza Mayor
- Holiday Inn Cd. del Carmen
- Holiday Inn Express Mexico Aeropuerto
- Crowne Plaza Mexico Norte Tlalnepantla
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mexicali
- Staybridge Suites Puebla