One of the very best deals in the loyalty points world is InterContinental Hotel Group’s IHG PointBreaks list. It’s a list of hotels that changes quarterly where the required points for a hotel stay drops to just 5K points per night. Many of the hotels were not in the top tourist locations, but occasionally there were some amazing hotels like the InterContinental Tahiti and other IC brand hotels.
Rooms blocks for this special offer is usually limited, so snagging a room at one of the top resorts wasn’t always the easiest thing to do. Additionally, many people that didn’t have solid travel plans yet took advantage of the free award cancellation policy and booked 10-30 one-night stays at a hotel they were eying. Then, when their plans became firm, they would go back and cancel the nights they didn’t need and keep the ones they did.
This obviously decreased the number of available rooms for others that were searching and hoping to find them. IHG is fixing that problem by limiting people to two reservations (not nights) per hotel. You can still get a full week at a hotel at the lower rate, but now you can’t block the whole month and then cancel the nights you don’t want like you could before.
While this will annoy some people, I actually like this change. It will give regular consumers, as opposed to “experts” who are the ones more likely to block an entire month, a better chance to get these special rates.
HT: Loyalty Lobby