Prepare For PointBreaks List
The IHG PointBreaks are hotels that are released every two months for only 5,000 IHG points per night. Considering that many of these hotels are at least 30,000/40,000 per night, this is a fantastic deal! IHG selects a limited number of hotels throughout their network and across the globe. Sometimes the offerings are really good while others are a little on the blah side.
The current list is set to expire on July 31. Normally, the new list comes out around the 24th-28th of the month that the list is going to expire. That means that we should expect to see the new PointBreaks list coming very soon.
Now, since these come all the time, why is it important to actually prepare for them this time around? The answer is – the Amex Daily Getaways. American Express ran their annual Daily Getaways and had thousands of IHG point packages available a couple of times. While they did not all sell out, a great many of them did sell and that could be a lot of competition for this next round.
A good thing is that IHG had changed the rules to allow guests to only make two reservations per property. This prevents the massive booking of the aspirational properties by people who, some of them, did not ever end up using it but just thought they should grab it “in case” they were able to go. That should make sure that people have a more fair shot at getting some of the really nice properties.
How To Prepare?
So, what type of preparation should be done? The list will be revealed and then it will become bookable within a day or two. That gives you those two days to check the properties against your wish list so you are ready to pounce when they become bookable.
One of the things you can do is have your dates ready. That will save you valuable time, and may even get you a reservation, because you will not need to go through all of the dates looking for ones that might work for you.
Another thing to do is to collect the points. While they can be transferred from Ultimate Rewards at 1:1, that should never happen except as a last resort! Instead, you can actually buy them for .7 cents each using the method outlined here. To purchase the necessary 5,000 points for a one night stay would only cost you $35. Even at the lower tier hotels, that price can still save you a bundle. But, it is better to get a move on purchasing these points. You can always buy later after you see the list, but you have no way of knowing if the rooms you want will still be available when the points post. It can take a few days for the points to post.
IHG 80K Offer
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Another great way to collect the points needed is to apply for the current IHG 80K Mastercard offer. This link takes you directly to an application page, but applicants have all indicated that it does indeed come with 80,000 points. That gets you 16 PointBreaks nights!
Unfortunately, you will not get those points in time for this booking, but it something that you can get in anticipation for the next round of PointBreaks.
Get ready – the list should be out very soon! This can be a fun way to plan a vacation, just make sure you are prepared to book!