Posted by Ric Garrido

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.

United States

ARKANSAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES FORT SMITH

CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CORNING
HOLIDAY INN SELMA-SWANCOURT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS UNION CITY (SAN JOSE)

COLORADO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES GRAND JUNCTION NW

CONNECTICUT
HOLIDAY INN DANBURY-BETHEL @ I-84

DELAWARE
HOLIDAY INN DOVER-DOWNTOWN

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES JACKSONVILLE
SOUTH – I-295

GEORGIA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WARNER ROBINS/ROBINS AFB

IOWA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SHELDON

IDAHO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BOISE-MERIDIAN

ILLINOIS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES OFALLON, IL – ST. LOUIS AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PEKIN (PEORIA AREA)

INDIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BEDFORD
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SOUTH BEND AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WABASH

KANSAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JUNCTION CITY

KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CAMPBELLSVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FRANKFORT

LOUISIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS EUNICE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES COVINGTON

MARYLAND
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ABERDEEN-EDGEWOOD-BEL AIR
HOLIDAY INN CUMBERLAND-DOWNTOWN

MICHIGAN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES DETROIT-TROY
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ST. JOSEPH/BENTON HARBOR
STAYBRIDGE SUITES DETROIT – NOVI

MINNESOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ALBERT LEA – I-35
HOLIDAY INN DETROIT LAKES

MISSOURI
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ST. JOSEPH
STAYBRIDGE SUITES OFALLON CHESTERFIELD

MISSISSIPPI
CANDLEWOOD SUITES PEARL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MCCOMB
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SOUTHAVEN (MEMPHIS INTL ARPT)

MONTANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BOZEMAN WEST

NORTH CAROLINA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WILSON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GOLDSBORO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MURPHY

NORTH DAKOTA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES BISMARCK

NEBRASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LINCOLN SOUTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SCOTTSBLUFF-GERING

NEW HAMPSHIRE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MERRIMACK

NEW JERSEY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TOWER CENTER
NEW BRUNSWICK

NEW MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TRUTH OR
CONSEQUENCES

NEVADA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FALLON

NEW YORK
HOLIDAY INN MIDDLETOWN-GOSHEN

OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TOLEDO NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES NAPOLEON
HOLIDAY INN WILMINGTON
HOLIDAY INN DAYTON/FAIRBORN I-675

OKLAHOMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES OKMULGEE

OREGON
HOLIDAY INN PORTLAND- I-5 S (WILSONVILLE)

PENNSYLVANIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FRAZER-MALVERN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LEBANON

SOUTH CAROLINA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES COLUMBIA-FT. JACKSON

SOUTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ABERDEEN

TEXAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES HOUSTON IAH / BELTWAY 8
CANDLEWOOD SUITES LEAGUE CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CORPUS
CHRISTI-PORTLAND

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FALFURRIAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FORT WORTH
SOUTHWEST (I-20)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES UVALDE

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VERNAL -
DINOSAURLAND

VIRGINIA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ALEXANDRIA – FORT BELVOIR
CANDLEWOOD SUITES HAMPTON
HOLIDAY INN LYNCHBURG
STAYBRIDGE SUITES HERNDON-DULLES

WASHINGTON
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BURLINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHEHALIS-CENTRALIA

WISCONSIN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WAUSAU-RIB MOUNTAIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ANTIGO
STAYBRIDGE SUITES MILWAUKEE AIRPORT SOUTH

WEST VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES CHARLESTON WEST

 

Canada

ALBERTA
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES LLOYDMINSTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GRANDE PRAIRIE

BRITISH COLUMBIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VERNON

NOVA SCOTIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HALIFAX-BEDFORD

ONTARIO
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL HAMILTON HOTEL & CONF CENTER
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES OAKVILLE @ BRONTE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES KINCARDINE – DOWNTOWN

QUEBEC
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SAINT – HYACINTHE

 

Mexico

HOLIDAY INN DURANGO
HOLIDAY INN TUXTLA GUTIERREZ
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LEON, GTO

 

Central America, South America and Caribbean

COSTA RICA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SAN JOSE COROBICI

HONDURAS
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SAN PEDRO SULA

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SANTO DOMINGO

Europe

AUSTRIA
HOLIDAY INN VIENNA – SOUTH

CYPRUS
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LIMASSOL

GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN DÜSSELDORF AIRPORT – RATINGEN

GREECE
HOLIDAY INN ATHENS – ATTICA AV, AIRPORT W

ITALY
HOLIDAY INN SALERNO – CAVA DE’ TIRRENI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS REGGIO EMILIA

LITHUANIA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL VILNIUS

NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)
HOLIDAY INN IJMUIDEN – SEAPORT BEACH

SLOVAKIA
HOLIDAY INN ZILINA

SPAIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MADRID – ALCORCON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS VALENCIA-CIUDAD DE LAS CIENCIA

TURKEY
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL BURSA

UKRAINE
INTERCONTINENTAL KIEV

UNITED KINGDOM
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

JORDAN
INTERCONTINENTAL AMMAN (JORDAN)

ISRAEL
HOLIDAY INN ASHKELON

Asia

CHINA(PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
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

INDIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AHMEDABAD ASHRAM ROAD
HOLIDAY INN COCHIN

INDONESIA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL JAKARTA

THAILAND
HOLIDAY INN BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 22

 

Oceania

No participating hotels.

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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.

PointBreaks options

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.

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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.

Savings $400.

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.

2 Responses

  1. Good insights Ric. I am stunned that some of your peers are actually admitting to paying $300-$400 a night in places like Singapore and Croatia so they can get “free” elite benefits that can be bought at the supermarket for a few dollars.

  2. Just booked 6 nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Nova Scotia. 35K points for what would have otherwise cost me around/about 1,000 CAD (and that’s not with taxes.) Like the OP said, the PointBreaks list is usually pretty random, but when it’s someplace you want to go (and I love Nova Scotia!) you just can’t beat PointBreaks with a STICK!

    Comment by Robert Barron on August 26th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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