It has become semi-standard practice among major hotel programs to periodically offer discounted award nights at selected properties. Naturally, the hotels offered at the cheaper rates aren't generally the snazziest, or in the most desirable locations—they're on the list, after all, at least in part because they have plenty of empty rooms to give away.
Still, they're priced so low that the values can be compelling.
This summer, InterContinental's Priority Club program is offering low-priced award nights, dubbed PointBreaks, at more than 100 hotels.
Through August 31, Priority Club members can book award stays at participating PointBreaks hotels for 5,000 points per night.
In all, there are over 100 hotels on offer at the 5,000-point rate, including more than 80 locations in the U.S., five in Canada, four in Mexico, two in South Africa, 10 in Europe, 11 in Asia, and so on.
Deal or No Deal
At this price—5,000 points, which can be purchased outright for $67.50 on the Priority Club website—almost any hotel night would be a good deal, if not a spectacular one.
As alluded to above, many of the available hotels are lower-demand properties. But if you happen to be going to Anderson, South Carolina, for example, a free night or two at the local Holiday Inn might be just what's needed to keep travel expenses in line.
The PointBreaks rates also represent a chance for opportunistic trips—put together a cheap flight and a cheap hotel stay somewhere you might otherwise never have visited. Be adventurous, and frugal!
And there are some pricier and otherwise more desirable hotels on offer as well. For example, there are a few InterContinentals mixed in among the Holiday Inns, including the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare, InterContinental Grand Hotel Stockholm, and InterContinental Miramar Panama.
The complete list of summer PointBreaks hotels is too long to include here. But it's worth a look.
Reader Reality Check
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