Big Change Coming To IHG PointBreaks - No Longer Only 5k Redemptions

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The IHG PointBreaks promotion has been extended, please see more details here.

IHG is about to announce its PointBreaks list for the Q1 2018, and there are some big changes coming to the promo. Historically with the promo you were able to pick up a room for 5,000 points, which is a great value. However, the new list will also include properties priced at 10,000 and 15,000 points, as well as those priced at 5,000 points.

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Is It a Devaluation?

This is hard to tell at the minute and things will not clear up until the full list for Q1 2018 is released on January 29, 2018. The key to evaluating the change will be the properties appearing on the list. Recently, PointBreaks have been lackluster, with no high-end properties included. Q4 2017, had no Intercontinental properties, while Q3 2017 only had one Intercontinental property in Bandung Indonesia.

If IHG keeps the options of hotels similar to past promotions and just hikes the price of some of the properties to either 10,000 or 15,000 points respectively, we've gained nothing. It would be an effective tripling of the prices of an award stay. If on the other hand, if IHG increases the price on some properties but also introduces some higher end ones priced at 10,000 to 15,000 points, it'd be something that'd be easier to swallow. Given that IHG recently hiked the price of award stays to 70,000 from 50,000 points at some of its top top-tier properties, we're hoping that the increase for some PointBreaks properties means we'll see some nicer additions.

Our Take

Whether the change is positive or negative will depend largely on your pattern of stay; if you regularly use the promo for stays at lower end properties, then this change will probably have a negative impact. If, like a lot of people, you hardly use the PointBreaks promo due to the lack of quality hotels on the list, then the change could be positive if IHG adds some better properties priced at 10,000 or 15,000 points. Interestingly it does seem that this quarter will include some higher-end properties; however, we will only be able to tell when the fog lifts with the publication of the full Q1 2018 list!

Source: Miles To Memories

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