IHG Rewards Club released the latest round of PointBreaks for bookings this past Monday (read more here) and, as I expected, the most popular hotels dropped off from the list fast.
Fast was not probably not the right word to describe the disappearance of the Indigo Krakow, however. The available inventory was gone within couple of minutes.
You can access Indigo Krakow’s website here.
You have to keep in mind that IHG affiliated hotels must make 5% of their room inventory available as awards on any given night.
Sometimes this may mean that otherwise sold out hotel still have rooms available using points but not cash. Hotels may choose to have higher award room availability than 5% that can also lead to higher rewards night reimbursement from IHG.
Indigo Krakow is a small property with just 56 rooms. They are only required to make 2 or 3 rooms available as awards every night. This means that for the entire three month PointBreaks period they may have only had 100 or so rooms available using points (could have been even less), and there may have already been award bookings at the standard award rate prior to the launch of this round of PointBreaks.
Krakow is also an interesting city and easy to get to from most of Europe, making weekend trips possible.
It is also a very interesting looking property compared to most Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels that are on the PointBreaks list.
There is always high demand for the best PointBreaks hotels and the inventory gets booked up fast especially at these smaller hotels. We always try to inform our readers as soon as possible when the hotels go live for bookings.
If you want to ensure you get a PointBreaks hotel booked, you have to set aside two to three hours in the morning they are reserved and keep trying. Sometimes they go live around 10AM and this time they waited until 1230PM ET.