New IHG BreakPoints List Released & Why I Don’t Care
RANT ALERT: I know this is most likely post 1,473 about the IHG BreakPoints list that you have seen today. But I can assure you this one should be different. Remember back in the day when IHG put craptastic Holiday Inns on a list for 5,000 points? Yeah me too. I used to enjoy that list because 5K is 5K, essentially nothing. It even made transferring Ultimate Rewards to IHG a plausible option at times. Gasp! I know, that is crazy right? Well the latest list was released and there were a whopping 9 – 5K properties. Only Texas was graced with landing on the 5K list in the entire United States. If you needed to head to the Decatur medical center it probably isn’t a good thing but at least you can get that room for cheap.
For those of you that care about checking out the list here is the link. I remember when the news of the tiered PointsBreak list came out and we all were hoping it would lead to better options. There are more Intercontinental & Crowne Plaza hotels on the list but I wanted to see better locations versus better brands. Now the Intercontinental Sofia looks awesome but I’m most likely never going to go there.
I’ll take Michigan for example. There are only 3 hotels on the entire list and they all fall in the 10K per night category. They are all Holiday Inn Express hotels and they are in Kalamzoo, Grand Rapids (Airport), and Allen Park. All 3 of these hotels should be 10K all the time because no one wants to go there. Trust me these are terrible options. You are telling me you couldn’t add the Crowne Plaza Detroit for 15,000 or the Holiday Inn downtown? That would add value. A Holiday Inn Express down river is not value. If these hotels were still 5K a night then who cares because the expectations are not very high. But when you raise the prices but roll out the same junk then that is a disgrace. And this coming on the heels of IHG saying they are introducing variable pricing to “enhance their members experience”. Sure and I have a bridge to sell ya! It sounds just like the promise of an “enhanced” PointsBreaks experience. Hmmmm….
I’m Over IHG
I have never been a huge fan of IHG because their points are hard to earn and they are almost on par with Hilton points in terms of value. That is a double whammy. At least Hilton gives their points away like candy.
The credit card also took a nose dive when they gutted the free night value. That means that IHG is now on the trash heap along with Marriott. If I can’t easily earn your points, and they are not very valuable to begin with, we can’t be friends. The PointsBreak list was one thing that made IHG unique but they took that out at the knees as well. Throw that free night devaluation salt in the wound and you have a recipe for peace out sauce. I feel sorry for the road warriors whose companies force them to frequent this brand.
Sorry that I went full rant on a simple post about a new PointsBreaks list but I am so tired of corporate double speak of “enhancements”. If you double and triple the price of something then make it better. Throw some major cities on the list that don’t include Airport in the name. And Boston-Waltham IS NOT BOSTON. 15,000 points for a $100 hotel – how is that a “deal”?
Don’t get me wrong there are a couple of quality 15K properties on the list. But I don’t see myself ever amassing 15,000 IHG points again. Especially since IHG decided to morph their popular accelerate promos into something hideous. I can’t believe I missed that earlier in my rant.
Are you in the pro rant camp or do you think the new PointsBreak set up is better? Let me know in the comments section.