IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Terms & Conditions Update

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IHG Rewards Club has not previously had any specific terms and conditions governing the Points Breaks program (award nights for 5,000 points per night), but this has now changed.

IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks Terms and Conditions Change

IHG has instituted some rather stern text on its Point Breaks list web page. This change was first noted on a FlyerTalk post (access here).

You can access IHG’s web page for Point Breaks here.

IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks Terms and Conditions Change Text

Due to the limited availability, each member may only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel during the special offer time period. Offer and participating hotels are subject to change at any time, valid for booking through May 31, 2014. All other Reward Night terms and conditions apply. To view participating properties, simply click one of the regions below.

Please note that Reward Nights booked through PointBreaks® may not be sold or used for commercial gains. Doing so is a program violation and may result in the freezing of your account, the forfeiture of all point transfers, rewards, vouchers, or merchandise issued pursuant to point redemptions and any accrued points or miles in your account, as well as cancellation of the account and your future participation in the Program.

 

Due to the limited availability, each member may only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel during the special offer time period.

So, the main change now is that you can only make two reservations for one hotel. My advise has always been to book ALL award nights including Point Breaks ones night by night for the maximum flexibility if your plans change.

At least reading the text above several times, you can book as many Point Breaks award nights as you wish as long as you don’t book more than two reservations per hotel.

Please note that Reward Nights booked through PointBreaks® may not be sold or used for commercial gains. Doing so is a program violation and may result in the freezing of your account, the forfeiture of all point transfers, rewards, vouchers, or merchandise issued pursuant to point redemptions and any accrued points or miles in your account, as well as cancellation of the account and your future participation in the Program.

There is really nothing new here. You are not supposed to sell award nights. What does IHG Rewards Club means by “commercial gain”? It is unclear to me but it must mean that you are not supposed to trade them?

Conclusion

The problem with the Point Breaks nowadays is that you absolutely must book the hottest properties within very short time frame once the Point Breaks availability has been loaded or, well, the availability is gone.

Now that you can have only two reservations means that you must plan more carefully and you just cannot book night by night in hope that you maybe able to use some award nights.

The problem that I have faced is that some hotels don’t have award availability for a longer period of time and you just need to book night by night and then piece the entire reservation together and have some paid nights in between as well. This update makes this prohibited per the T&C’s.

If you have ever looked at any of the Chinese websites, it has been obvious that there have been lot’s of reselling of Point Breaks nights going on. Now IHG has made it very clear that behavior like this could lead to freezing of your account and banning of you from the program.

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