READER QUESTION: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Availability Gone?

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IHG Rewards Club shared the hotels that were on the new PointBreaks list last Friday (read more here) and then made them available for booking this Monday (read more here).

Reader Question IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks

On Sunday, I wrote an advice piece (access here) for those that were planning to book any of these hotels.

You can access IHG’s web page for PointBreaks here:

Here’s comment that a LoyaltyLobby reader left:

Is there a problem with the PointBreaks? Seems like some have reverted back to normal points. Ie. Abu Dhabi and Doha, which at the start were at 5,000 per night.

Here’s what happening with PointBreaks:

1. These PointBreaks first book into the regular award inventory that each hotel must make available for IHG Rewards Club bookings. The minimum availability is 5% of the all rooms. Hotels can and many do provide greater availability.

2. IHG Rewards Club probably allocates certain number of rooms at each hotel available for 5,000 points per night. After they have hit their internal target number, they remove the hotel from the PointBreaks list and it is then available for booking at the usual rate.

IHG Rewards Club removed the following hotels from the PointBreaks list on November 25, 2014:

EGYPT

INTERCONTINENTAL THE PALACE PORT GHALIB RESORT

QATAR

CROWNE PLAZA DOHA – THE BUSINESS PARK

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

HOLIDAY INN ABU DHABI

BELGIUM

CROWNE PLAZA LIÈGE

FINLAND

CROWNE PLAZA HELSINKI

FRANCE

CROWNE PLAZA LYON – CITE INTERNATIONALE

UNITED KINGDOM

STAYBRIDGE SUITES BIRMINGHAM

THAILAND

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SATHORN

CHINA

CROWNE PLAZA BEIJING LIDO

HOLIDAY INN TEMPLE OF HEAVEN BEIJING

MEXICO

INTERCONTINENTAL PRESIDENTE MERIDA

UNITED STATES

MINNESOTA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WILLMAR

Conclusion

You kinda have to be fast with these PointBreaks hotels if you prefer booking one of the more popular properties. 12 of the 150 or so hotels did hit their redemption target during the first day the PointBreaks were released.

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