Jan312018

Only 15 of 203 IHG PointBreaks Hotels booked out in 48 hours

The market has spoken on IHG Rewards Club changes from 5,000 points per reward night to the new 3-tier PointBreaks at 5,000 points; 10,000 points and 15,000 points.

Only 15 hotels have booked out of PointBreaks reward nights in the initial 48 hours since the list of 203 hotels posted Monday, January 29.

I booked 9 reward nights for Pointbreaks stays during this promotion period. The hotels I booked my stays are among the 15 hotels to drop off the list.

Here are the 15 hotels that have been booked off PointBreaks in the past two days.

PointBreaks 5,000 Points

Illinois

Holiday Inn Express Rolling Mdws-Schaumburg Area

ITALY

Holiday Inn Nola – Naples Vulcano Buono

(I considered this hotel last month at 10,000 points standard reward for an April vacation and decided against the location).

MALAYSIA

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

ANHUI, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)

Crowne Plaza Wuhu

SHANDONG, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)

Crowne Plaza Yantai Sea View

TIANJIN, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)

Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan

PointBreaks 10,000 Points

CALIFORNIA

Staybridge Suites Corona South

OHIO

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medina

ZHEJIANG, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)

Crowne Plaza Hangzhouonethousandislandlake 

INDONESIA

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali

LEBANON

Crowne Plaza Beirut

PointBreaks 15,000 points

UKRAINE

InterContinental Kiev

UNITED KINGDOM

Holiday Inn Express London – Hammersmith

JAPAN

Ana Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

TAIWAN

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park

 

Discussion around the blogosphere and FlyerTalk is overwhelmingly negative about the changes. Based on how few hotels booked out in the initial two days of these PointBreaks offers, the IHG Rewards Club member base does not appear to be to thrilled about the changes for an expanded list at higher price points.

Honestly, even though I have 9 nights booked with these PointBreaks offers, I don’t know if I will use any of my reservations. My bookings were speculative based on potential dates for travel. I do not even have an airline ticket to Europe yet for the dates of my hotel reservations.

I might end up dropping my 9 nights of reservations and waiting for the next list of hotels for May to July when I definitely have a need for hotel discounts in Europe and definite dates of travel.

Holiday Inn Nice is the one hotel I am surprised to see still on PointBreaks list for 15,000 points after two days. That is a real deal for early spring travel to the French Riviera at a hotel in a good city location with room rates at 150 EUR per night on many April dates and 30,000 points standard reward rates.

Holiday Inn Nice

Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks Jan 29-Apr 30, 2018 complete list 203 hotels (Jan 29).

Frequent Miler – The New IHG PointBreaks Promotion: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Jan 31). I concur with many of the sentiments expressed in this piece about the changes.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. OK Ric, so I’ll bite — am I missing something? How did you book 9 stays, when I thought the limit for Point Breaks was 2? Or have I been reading the rules wrong all along — is it a limit of 2 per hotel, but as many as you want across the IHG collection?

  2. The rule is two reservations per hotel per member during a PointBreaks period.

    I saw some blogs incorrectly post only two PointBreaks reservations allowed per member.

  3. For me, the only valuable perk associated with the IHG Rewards Club is the annual free night I get along with the IHG credit card fee of $49. When that fee doubles, or the perk goes away, I’m done. Really, I won’t be going out of my way to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Dickinson, North Dakota, in January, for 10,000 points, much less 5,000 points. It’s no wonder so few of the hotels are booked out at this point.

  4. I usually book a bunch of potential stays but this time didn’t. Berlin was a possibility except I like the Zoo area better and $75 (value of 15K) will almost pay for a place there. PB is just a moderate discount program now. No big deal.

    I do know the Helsinki HI and it was often on for 5K. Now it’s 15K.

    I often did the Hamburg HIE downtown and the San Clemente HI but if they come back at 15K
    ($75) that’s just under normal cash price. Actually with a great corp discount I can get about that price anytime.

  5. I didn’t mean to sound totally negative. You also have to factor in that on rewards you pay no tax (usually 10% saving) and with the card you get another 10% rebate so PB are still a decent sale at 15K, just not an exceptional bargain like they were at 5K.

    I suspect many people book on spec by habit and most of these reservations will cancel. By the time of the next PB few people will even bother.

  6. @tassojunior – I agree that the PointBreaks now look like a moderate discount for many places and barely a discount for some places.

    I made the same comment on Twitter about Berlin. Finding hotels for under $100 is pretty easy most of the time, so paying 15,000 is not that much of a deal.

    Helsinki has three hotels, but not a great time of year to go to Helsinki. I was there in early March one year when all the streets were frozen in ice. Made walking around rather challenging. Now if those hotels were on the next PointBreaks for May-July, we’d be talking a good time of year for a hotel discount.

    Want a vacation at InterContinental Nairobi for 10,000 points? Political situation kind of hot right now if you read the news. Got enough of that drama in the USA without stepping into a foreign country’s troubles. TV stations have even be shut down in recent days.

    Traveling specifically to Brno, Czechia and Clermont-Ferrand, France for a 4-night stay in a PointBreaks hotel was worth it when the airfare was only $100 from my arrival point in Europe and I saved $400 on the hotel stay.

    I picked London and Kiev due to the high probability of transiting through London on my travels through Europe and a desire to visit Ukraine for the first time. My plan had been to travel to Romania, but I figure I can visit Romania this summer with my wife and go to Ukraine as a solo trip this spring. My wife has no desire to go to Ukraine, but I think she will like Romania.

    In the past I have planned 2,000 mile road trips in the USA hitting PointBreaks most every night. No hotels on this PointBreaks list in the USA appealed to me for a trip idea.

  7. if people cancel (which is very possible, and may account for a big portion of the bookings) will these hotels appear on the promotion again?

  8. thanks for your reply..then this bad change may be positive in one sense that more hotels may be used by actual travelers not just the speculaters mostly the bloggers and flyertalkers

  9. another question, if people cancel but the hotel is still on the list, will the canceled ones (either for the date or for that number of rooms) be added to the inventory of promotion again?

  10. I am an actual traveler. I booked my hotel stays knowing the hotels I chose were likely to be some of the hotels first booked out from the current PointBreaks list.

    For years I have planned my travels around PointBreaks to take advantage of the big savings. I did not pick random dates for my stays. I chose dates around a low fare airline ticket I searched for before making my PointBreaks reservations.

  11. I am sorry i am not referring you…in case you feel offended. we have similar travel habits (except i prefer even cheaper hotels than you without any requirement of quality). I was just saying that to refer to many people who do that type of practice
    could you answer my question of the other comment? thx

  12. I suddenly have another thought. In hotel manager’s perspective, the fact that “only a dozen of hotels booked out” may be a good sign because the promotion is meant for 2 (or 4?) months and if most are booked out in the first 48 hours it may be a bad publicity case for the average (and the majority of) customers who click through and find nothing available (I have such experience…). But anyway this change is not good overall given the price hike so I won’t defend it in a general sense.

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