The current list is valid for stays through 09/30. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.
You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 IHG points. If you already have 5,000 IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.
If you don’t have points yet IHG sells 5,000 points for $67.50, though that won’t post instantly. You can also transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG. Terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points, but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.
After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each. You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.
All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation. Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.
The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account. Effectively you are buying 10,000 IHG points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.
Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):
In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.
Sample hotels for 5,000 points ($35) per night through 09/30:
-Candlewood Suites Yuma, AZ
-Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Downers Grove, IL
-Candlewood Suites Detroit-Southfield, MI
-Candlewood Suites Kansas City Airport, MO
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Meadowlands, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Tower Center New Brunswick, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express Woodbridge, NJ
-Holiday Inn Clinton, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Klamath Falls, OR
-Holiday Inn Houston-East, TX
-Staybridge Suites Toronto, Canada
-Hotel Indigo Toronto Airport, Canada
-Holiday Inn Manaus, Brazil
-Intercontinental Costa Rica
-Intercontinental Miramar, Panama
-Intercontinental Bucharest, Romania
-Holiday Inn Johannesburg, South Africa