Every 3 months, IHG publishes something called a Pointbreaks list. During a specific period of time, hotels included on this list are bookable for 5,000 points a night. If used correctly, this can unlock some extreme savings. The current Pointbreaks list goes from August 1st, 2016 to October 31st, 2016. The catch: IHG only has a limited supply of rooms available at each hotel for 5,000 points a night and once fully booked at the 5,000 a night rate, the hotel will drop off the Pointbreaks list. You need to be fast to secure your cheap nights.
A few days before a new Pointsbreaks list is released, IHG will post a preview of the list on their blog. The next preview should be published on their blog sometime near the end of October. Once the preview is published, you need to see immediately if there any hotels on the list that look worthwhile to book nights at that can fit your schedule. Once the new list goes live (usually a few days after, but you need to be monitoring), you need to book as soon as possible, otherwise you may miss out on your nights for 5,000 points a night.
I recently followed these steps when the most recent preview was posted on IHG’s blog. I saw that the Intercontinental Phnom Penh was on the list (it no longer is, because it was fully booked pretty fast) and that we would be in Cambodia during the Pointbreaks period to take advantage of the deal. I figured out the dates I wanted to book and once the new list was put into effect, I booked 3 nights for 15,000 points total. That was a great deal! This hotel usually goes for about $175 a night.
Intercontinental Phnom Penh Mini Review
There was not much in Phnom Penh that sparked our interest so we spent a good amount of our time at the hotel blogging, so we got to know the hotel pretty well.
The location is not ideal. It is pretty far away from the center of town. You will need to take Tuk Tuks to get around the city.
This was hit and miss. The room was actually booked under Brittany and not me. However, upon checking in, the staff barely acknowledged Brittany’s existence and kept speaking with me. Every time they asked me to do something and handed me something, I gave it to Brittany hoping they would begin talking to her. Nothing would help. It was as if they thought it wasn’t possible for women to book a hotel room themselves. It was absurd to say the least.
We booked a bus ticket to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh that included a free pickup at our hotel. We had some trouble calling the number to arrange the hotel transfer, so we called the concierge to see if they could help. A few minutes later, a young man came up to our room and helped call and arrange the pick up from his personal cell phone. That was some good service.
The room was nice, but nothing stood out as being spectacular. I thought the bed was great.
This is what made the hotel stand out for me. They had a great pool and a phenomenal gym that we made good use of. The gym is so good that they actually sell memberships if you live in Phnom Penh and want access to the gym. The pool was super nice to use when we were taking breaks from working on the blog. It’s also super hot in Phnom Penh, so it was nice to have access to a pool to cool off.
The hotel worked out well for us because we got it for 5,000 points a night. However, due to the location and normal cost of the property (points and cash wise), I am sure you could do better elsewhere. It is not a property I ever see myself returning to again.
Using the IHG Pointbreaks list can score you some awesome deals. You just need to make sure you are prepared and book as soon as you can. We will be monitoring the IHG blog near the end of October on the look out for their next preview to see if there will be anything in Australia/New Zealand that could work well for us.
I hope this IHG Pointsbreaks guide and Intercontinental Phnom Penh review can help you with your next trip!
Have any questions? What Pointbreaks hotels have you been able to score in the past? I’d love to know!