Who doesn’t love Point Breaks , those last minute discounted rates on IHG Hotels? When the Point Breaks list happens to match your current travel plans it’s kismet. Unfortunately, Point Break rates (like most points rates) generally only book into the lowest category rooms. Rooms that might not be big enough for your family. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a work-around that has worked on many occasions.
For example: I’m using for a Point Breaks rate for a stay at the Crowne Plaza West Hanoi with the Deal Kids. At 5,000 points (value of $35/night) for a $119 (flexible rate) for a standard room the decision was a no-brainer.
However, with the kids in tow I would have preferred a larger room and club access. Here’s where I take matters into my own hands. I went to the hotel’s home page (note: this was not the IHG home page for the hotel but the hotel’s own page) and found direct contact information for the hotel. I emailed the hotel explaining that I had a points reservation and offered to pay a surcharge for a club room or a suite if available.
Less than a day later I was offered both with an upgrade fee that was the exact same difference in price as the cash prices: $35/night for the club and $80 for the suite. I have no status with IHG, if I had I might have tried to leverage the status for a comp upgrade. Since the club and suite rates come with breakfast, snacks, drinks, and laundry (which we’ll need desperately after two weeks in Japan), I’m inclined to go ahead and take the club if not the suite.
Have you tried to use Point Breaks as a springboard into a better room? Please share your results in the comments.
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