If you are follow all of the Points Blogs, you know PointBreaks are a great deal where points stays at IHG hotels are slashed to 5,000 points a night. The list goes live during the morning of 2/25 (Wednesday).
I’ll be honest, at first glance, I wasn’t that impressed. Just not getting to the Holiday Inn Hangzhou in the next 90 days!
But I want to remind you that PointBreaks are tailor made for one thing: Oblications. Take a good look again and see if there are any on there near where you are going for Easter or Passover, or even Memorial Day, and you may save a lot of stress by not having to sleep on a pull out couch! I booked two nights as soon as the last list came out for a last minute weekend to take the Deal Kids for a long overdue family reunion. I see some that work this time around, too. Stays are good till the end of May, but are fully cancel-able so there’s no risk.
“Back Door” point buying”Need a top up on your IHG account? You can transfer IHG points in from Chase. Just transfer in 5,000, then do the following:
- Book a “Cash and Points” stay at a 15,000 points hotel for 5,000 + $70. Here’s one you can use: Holiday Inn Winchester 15k
- Cancel it. You’ll be charged $70 and refunded 15,000 points!
- Repeat as needed (within reason…don’t go crazy or IHG will shut you down). Using just the transfer method you’re effectively buying points at .7 each.
Are you booking any of these rates, or are you planning to? Please share your experiences!
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