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:
INTERCONTINENTAL THE PALACE PORT GHALIB RESORT
CROWNE PLAZA DOHA – THE BUSINESS PARK
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
HOLIDAY INN ABU DHABI
CROWNE PLAZA LIÈGE
CROWNE PLAZA HELSINKI
CROWNE PLAZA LYON – CITE INTERNATIONALE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES BIRMINGHAM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SATHORN
CROWNE PLAZA BEIJING LIDO
HOLIDAY INN TEMPLE OF HEAVEN BEIJING
INTERCONTINENTAL PRESIDENTE MERIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WILLMAR
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.