As you know, this blog targets folks who are just starting to explore the world of airline mileage and hotel points programs.
As such, sometimes topics to long time readers seem like old news, but I don’t want to pass up writing about an opportunity for the sake of new readers. If you’re familiar with the PointBreaks list with Priority Club and how to get your points easily, then you can skip this article. Otherwise, consider this a celebratory introduction to the joy of PointBreaks.
Basic Introduction to the PointBreaks Program
Priority Club (which includes chains like Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Candlewood Suites …) occasionally offers certain hotels at a discounted point rate.
All PointBreaks locations cost only 5,000 points per night.
And Priority Club just released a new list on November 1st.
What you need to know:
- Hotels on the list can be booked through January 31st, 2013.
- The list is subject to change because there are a limited number of rooms available.
As such, if you want to book a room, I’d suggest doing it now.
Sample Value: Johannesburg
In the past, I’ve been able to get some amazing value by booking PointsBreaks hotels. In Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Crown Plaza costs about $300 per night. I sure enjoyed being able to get it for 5,000 points! But that location isn’t available.
Perhaps the most appealing property in the list is the InterContinental Resort Tahiti. Unfortunately, because it is so appealing it looks like most of the dates are sold out already.
However, I did check rates in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Sandton Towers costs around $275 per night. That’s like getting a 5.5 cent value out of each point.
Even if you get a hotel that was only $100 per night, you’re still getting over 2 cents value per point.
What if I don’t have Priority Club Points?
If you want to buy points directly from IHG, you can purchase them for the following prices:
- 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points (5,000 points cost $67.50)
- 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points (5,000 points cost $62.50)
- 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points (5,000 points cost $57.50)
There is also a ‘backdoor’ way to buy miles. Any time you make a booking, you can have the option to use cash and points together.
Here’s a typical price breakdown sample:
- 20,000 points
- 15,000 points + $40
- 10,000 points + $70
Essentially, Priority Club is allowing you to buy 10,000 points for $70.
Since the booking is cancelable, you can cancel your booking, but you won’t get your money back – instead you keep the points. Effectively, you purchased 5,000 points for $35.
Chase Ultimate Rewards is a Priority Club transfer partner. 5,000 Ultimate Rewards will transfer to 5,000 Priority Club points.
Get the Credit Card
I bet you knew that was coming …
Here’s a link to an 80,000 Priority Club offer. This is actually a pretty amazing card. (It makes me wonder why I don’t have one.)
My wife has this card, and we keep it because each year you renew the card (and pay the $49 annual fee), you get a free night certificate for any Priority Club hotel. As you probably know, it’s not hard to find a way to use the free night for something much, much more valuable.
Another benefit of the card is that you get a 10% rebate when you use your points to make a hotel booking. As such, a PointBreaks location will only cost you 4,500 points after you get your 500 point rebate.
Are there any PointBreaks locations that are especially appealing to you?