Update, 08/27: The Holiday Inn Ashkelon and Intercontinental Kiev have both run out of discounted rooms. They are now back at their normal year-round rates of 10,000 points and 30,000 points per night respectively. With the $35 trick that makes the Holiday Inn Ashkelon cost $70 and the Intercontinental Kiev cost $210, both good deals compared to their normal paid rates.
The current list is valid for stays through 10/31. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.
-The Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel is on the list. DDF Moderator Chaikel stayed there the last time it was available for PointBreaks and had a very nice stay, you can read about it in his trip report here. A room there for this Thursday is $180+tax=$212 or 5,000 points. That’s a value of 4.24 cents per point!
-The Intercontinental Kiev is also on the list. A room there for this Thursday is €310 (US $415) or 5,000 points. That’s a value of 8.3 cents per point!
With thousands of people flocking to Uman next week for the new year I’m sure this hotel will now be full of religious Jews as well. Kiev is about 2 hours north of Uman.
You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/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 Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50 or you can instantly transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Priority Club.
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 Priority Club 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 $35 per night:
-Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites New Brunswick, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Dinosaurland, UT
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Truth Or Consequences, NM
-Holiday Inn Goshen, NY
-Holiday Inn Portland, OR
-Candlewood Suites Houston Airport
-Staybridge Suites Washington IAD Airport
-Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport
-Candlewood Suites Detroit
-Staybridge Suites Detroit
-Holiday Inn Athens, Greece
-Holiday Inn Express Madrid, Spain
-Intercontinental Kiev, Ukraine
-Crowne Plaza S. Jose, Costa Rica
-Holiday Inn Express Shanghai, China
-Holiday Inn Vienna, Austria
-Crowne Plaza Vilnius, Lithuania