New IHG 5,000-point PointBreaks List: Valid Untill July 31

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Quite honestly, I don’t remember the last time everyone was so excited about the IHG 5,000-point PointBreaks. Everyone and their mother has been speculating, guessing, speculating some more. Maybe that’s because of the rumors of the impending doom (there have been consistent speculations that PointBreaks will be replaced with flat 50% reductions as they do now with their flash sales).

I have to say, that I am a bit disappointed with this list. There is not a single InterContinental anywhere, and only three hotels in Asia. There are some international properties on the list, however, that I find interesting. The full list is here.

Europe

SPAIN 

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BARCELONA – MONTMELO

Note: The hotel about a 30-minute train ride to Barcelona Center. On the other hand, your stay includes a buffet breakfast and besides, Barcelona is expensive.

FRANCE

HOLIDAY INN TOULON – CITY CENTRE

BELGIUM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ANTWERP CITY – NORTH (short, 20-minute walk to the city center)

ITALY

HOLIDAY INN GENOA CITY and HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MILAN – MALPENSA AIRPORT for those of you who got in on the most recent mistake fare.

GERMANY

HOLIDAY INN FRANKFURT AIRPORT – NORTH

UK: A bunch of Holiday Inns in smaller cities.

There are only two Crown Plaza hotels in Europe.

LITHUANIA

CROWNE PLAZA VILNIUS

Explore other areas of Lithuania if you are in the country: Kaunas, Klaipeda, Nida, to name just a few.

ROMANIA

CROWNE PLAZA BUCHAREST

Asia

Thailand: CROWNE PLAZA BANGKOK LUMPINI PARK

India: HOLIDAY INN RESORT GOA (a very nice sea resort, supposedly)

Middle East & Africa

All three are nice. Oman is one of the most underrated destinations in the world. You can split your stay in Salalah between the Crowne Plaza and Hilton that goes for 5,000 points regularly. And Qatar can take you there on miles.

EGYPT
HOLIDAY INN CAIRO – CITYSTARS

OMAN
CROWNE PLAZA RESORT SALALAH

SOUTH AFRICA
CROWNE PLAZA JOHANNESBURG – THE ROSEBANK

Central & South America

PANAMA
HOLIDAY INN PANAMA CANAL

COSTA RICA
HOTEL INDIGO SAN JOSE FORUM COSTA RICA

Canada

QUEBEC 

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CENTRE-VILLE DOWNTOWN (the reviews are not very good, but the location in downtown Montreal is excellent)

Oceania

AUSTRALIA
HOLIDAY INN TOWNSVILLE

FIJI
HOLIDAY INN SUVA

I will admit I know nothing about these places, but Australia and Oceania are a rare guest on these lists, so I felt obliged to include them.

Remember that according to the new rules, you are not supposed to book more than two reservations at the same property. And of course, the most popular locations sell out quickly. They often come back, however, so keep checking if the hotel of your choice is unavailable.

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