-The current list is valid for stays through 7/31/17.
-Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly and only a limited amount of rooms are available per night.
You can book up to 2 reservations per hotel. There’s no limit to how long each of the stays can be.
You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 IHG points.
If those points don’t post instantly you can call IHG to get a points loan based on your purchase confirmation number in order to quickly grab a room. Alternatively you can transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, though transfers are not instant. It’s a terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points (as they’re were more than twice that to brokers or when transferred to other airlines or hotels), but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.
If you already have IHG points in your account then you can buy points on the cheap via making a cash and points booking.
Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):
-The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Meadowlands allows you to redeem 5K points and $64 for a night, just click “more options” and then select rewards nights. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 15K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 10K points for $64, or just $32 per 5K points.
-The Candlewood Suites Secaucus allows you to redeem 10K points and $79 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 25K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 15K points for $79, or just $26.33 per 5K points.
-The Crowne Plaza White Plains allows you to redeem 10K points and $100 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 30K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 20K points for $100, or just $25 per 5K points.
-The Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport allows you to redeem 25K points and $92 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 20K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 20K points for $92, or just $23 per 5K points.
Where can you stay for 5K points?
The full current list is here, but here are a few samples:
-Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago-O’Hare Airport
-Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis, IN
-Candlewood Suites Baltimore Airport, MD
-Staybridge Suites S. Louis-Westport, MO
-Holiday Inn Somerset-Bridgewater, NJ
-Holiday Inn Auburn-Finger Lakes, NY
-Crowne Plaza Memphis East, TN
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Round Rock – Austin, TX
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston, TX
-Holiday Inn Helsinki Airport, Finland
-Holiday Inn Budapest, Hungary
-Holiday Inn Milan Linate Airport, Italy
-ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki, Japan
-Crowne Plaza Vilnius, Lithuania
-Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia
-Crowne Plaza Panama Airport, Panama
-Holiday Inn Express Porto, Portugal
-Holiday Inn Moscow – Vinogradovo, Russia
-Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport, South Africa
-Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach, Thailand
You can also get 60K points for signing up for the IHG credit card. You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice. Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site.
The IHG card is not subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule and it comes with an annual certificate good for a free stay in any IHG hotel. Those are best utilized at Intercontinental hotels where a night can set you back 60K points or $800/night in places like Bora Bora. The card is free for the first year and then $49/year. If you have a credit card you’ll also get Platinum status and 10% of your points back on all award reservations!