While the Pointbreak promotion hadn't hit any of the areas I was traveling to for some time I was finally able to make it work for me.
I discovered one benefit of IHG award bookings – that's really outstanding though in the process.
If you do not show for your booking the points are refunded in full!
This means you can just make a number of one-night bookings with your points and if you fail to show up you will see 5,000 points added to your account every night you were not there.
Let's hope for more hotels in the next promotion (due to be announced in about 4 weeks) for November and December stays.