IHG has apparently retracted their generousness in giving us a preview. So here it is, bookable here. This is the worst PointBreaks in the history of PointBreaks… and I said that about the last one… which symbolizes a lot.
Not a single InterContinental on the list!
Out of all the hotels in Asia, there is only Goa, Bangkok, and Ube (Japan). I’m hoping this is an error. It’s completely become a list of hotels that can’t sell themselves.
Just to quick throw out a few highlights:
PointBreaks is normally an incredibly generous points sale by the evil empire IHG. Each night is only 5,000 points if you book now for the next two months (now until July 31, 2014). Also, you can currently buy points for under $30 per 5,000 points on Dailygetaways.com here.
Also, remember there’s a new policy – you can only make two reservations per account per any of these hotels. Hopefully this will mean that the list won’t dry up as quickly… although, I don’t think you have to worry about that right now.
Again, here’s the list. I’m hoping it’s an error…
What really gets me is this:
They were selling points on DailyGetaways and told everyone that the list was coming out the day after their sale starts. Right? And then they don’t give a full preview like they normally do. They just give 6 decent hotels on the list and show nothing else.
The idea is to trick people into buying the points thinking there would be a good PointBreaks list… because it’s always been good. But they know it isn’t. Typical IHG deceit, imo. I see it all over their sleazy marketing tactics.
And the fact that there are no ICs on the list, says to me, IHG is done with this being an actually good promotion.
For a while I kept refreshing the page thinking that surely they’ll have better hotels than this:
Most people just see a crappy list… but me…
See I just wrote a post (didn’t publish yet) pointing out some of the scammy marketing tactics IHG does. And this weekend I couldn’t help but think about why there was no preview, and why they gave 6 hotels as an exclusive to so many bloggers at the same time as the dailygetaway… and now I know.
It’s not only scammy, it’s just dumb… Over Christmas, the InterContinental Tahiti was on the list… which is peak season. And now Thailand is going through a serious decline due to political issues, IHG has only one hotel in Thailand? A week before Martial Law was announced in Thailand, a hotel manager told me that their hotel in Phuket is running below 30% occupancy.
Oh well… I’m moving on. These are my last months as a Royal Ambassador. But it looks like I’ll spend them elsewhere. Then I’ll probably be shifting my hotel strategy for next year, as PointBreaks is done.
No offense though!
- No offense to the fine people of Ube, Japan and the workers at the Crowne Plaza… but you’re the only town I’ve googled that doesn’t bring up a wiki page or photo on the side bar. That’s a good sign that you don’t want to vacation there.
- No offense to the Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg, but it’s the only hotel I’ve ever stayed in that has glass between the bathroom and bedroom, with no blinds. Including the toilet. Ya’ll need to up the tint on that glass!
- No offense “Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Camden-I20 (Hwy 521)”, but I’ma keep driving until I reach Columbia, SC.
- No offense if you live in Torrington, Wyoming, population 6,000. I’m sure it’s a deal of a hotel for 5,000 points (nearly 1 point per person who lives there!).
THIS is what PointBreaks is. It’s not a deal.
Sorry if I’m a little down on this. Again, it’s two things. It’s that IHG marketing has really rubbed me the wrong way and the other thing is I’m just really down on this list because this is the second PointBreaks list I’ve spent in Asia hoping to find something good, and getting nothing usable except for Bangkok in the middle of martial law.
Am I alone? Is anyone else disappointed by this list? I hope you didn’t buy points for it!