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
(I considered this hotel last month at 10,000 points standard reward for an April vacation and decided against the location).
ANHUI, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
SHANDONG, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
TIANJIN, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
PointBreaks 10,000 Points
ZHEJIANG, CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
PointBreaks 15,000 points
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.
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.