What seems to happen with each set of hotels is that a bunch are announced, then the good ones get pounced on, and then those hotels worth redeeming for get removed within a day or several days. By the end of the PointBreaks period very few hotels that anyone would want are left.
Nonetheless, award nights at just 5000 points (as opposed to, say, 25,000 or 30,000 points) is a great deal. And the nights are generally cancellable. So if you think you even might need one of these award nights, it’s worth locking in.
And you can use the cash and points trick to buy points at a deep discount, even at the higher price point adopted a year ago for those awards. (You can of course also transfer points to Priority Club from Chase Ultimate Rewards — something I wouldn’t normally suggest doing because of the relatively low redemption value, but that could be easily worthwhile if you have an opportunity to redeem for a PointBreaks hotel.)
There are appear to be more hotels announced that I find interesting than for most rounds of PointBreaks:
- InterContinental Athens
- InterContinental Bucharest
- Holiday Inn Moscow-Vinogradovo
- Holiday Inn Express Barcelona-Montmelo
- InterContinental Phnom Penh
- InterContinental Asiana Saigon
- Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu
- InterContinental Chongqing
- InterContinental Medellin
- InterContinental Real San Jose-Costa Rica
- InterContinental Real Tegucigalpa
- InterContinental Real Guatemala
The PointBreaks page should be updated with this information shortly, and of course it is possible that some of the hotels listed in the end will be different, and likely that some will disappear quickly.