My Take on IHG PointBreaks

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The IHG PointBreaks list was released on Friday (access here) and they will become bookable sometime tomorrow (Monday morning EST).

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There is always huge build up demand in anticipation of the new release. Some will speculate that the PointBreaks are gone for ever and others are just eagerly waiting for the new booking date that tends to be about one week prior the old list expires.

Once the PointBreaks become bookable, the most high demand ones tend to sell out within an hour or two. You really have to time your day correctly to ensure that you get the dates you are after.

Others will complain that there is never nothing worth booking on the PointBreaks and that they have been going downhill for years.

My take:

1. Booking PointBreaks have become easier now that the IHG releases the list usually the Friday before they go live.

You no longer have to wait for the PointBreaks website to freshen up while the rates at the PointBreaks have been loaded and been bookable for hours.

2. Flexibility is the key. You never know what shows up on the PointBreaks and, if you really want to take advantage them, you must make your plans around the PB’s.

3. Now that booking PointBreaks have become more popular, you absolutely must book the most popular hotels immediately once they have become available at the 5,000 points level per night. The most popular ones are gone very fast.

4. I have no doubt that this award type will eventually be “enhanced” away, so let’s just keep booking these deals and be happy while they are still around.

Conclusion

Last year, I spent a month at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Residences and at this past January few weeks at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti. I usually try to book a longer stretch if there is something on the list that is of interest for me. This tend to happen once or twice a year.

You can really stretch your IHG Rewards Club points if you can plan around these PointBreaks. There is nothing comparable to IHG PointBreaks from other hotel loyalty programs.

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