Apr142008

Entertainment Card Rate and Priority Club web bookings

Most websites do not allow you to check for 50% off rack rate deals. Priority Club Rewards website has a reservations page allowing the user to check for Entertainment Card rates online. This is a valued feature since most hotels do not offer an Entertainment Card rate and the user is able to browse quickly through the IHG hotels offering an Entertainment Card rate and quickly compare to the AAA rate.

In general, my experience has been that 50% off rack rate deals do not provide a lower cost room rate than available through hotel website group rates like AAA or special offer rates. The terms usually require a phone reservation and a discount on the rack rate (the highest room rate for that category room).

An exception is the Entertainment Card discount rates available through online reservations at the Priority Club website. These hotel rates may be a good strategy for bringing the cost of a hotel room during weeknight stays back down to a reasonable level. In all cases where an Entertainment Card rate was found, the rate matched or was lower than the AAA rate. In the case of the InterContinental Buckhead hotel in Atlanta, the Entertinment Card rate came in at a whopping $224 per night savings over the AAA rate for the date checked.

The cost of an Entertainment Card membership is only $15 and your membership makes you eligible for the IHG Entertainment Card discount at any participating location in the USA.
Here are some examples of savings:

Hotel Reservation Date Checked: Wednesday, April 30 for 1 night stay.

New York, New York area
Crowne Plaza Secaucus Meadowlands, Secaucus, NJ
$135 Entertainment Card rate
$160 AAA rate
Entertainment Card rate saves $35 on AAA rate

Boston, MA area
Holiday Inn, Boston Logan Airport
$134 Entertainment Card rate
$162 AAA rate
Entertainment Card rate saves $28 on AAA rate

Atlanta, GA
InterContinental Buckhead
$195 King Deluxe (Entertainment Card rate)
$419 King Deluxe (AAA rate)
$275 Club Level (Entertainment Card rate)
$469 Club Level (AAA)
Entertainment Card rate saves $224 on AAA rate

Minneapolis, MN
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis North
$89 (Entertainment Card rate)
$119 (AAA rate)
Entertainment Card rate saves $30 on AAA rate

Dallas, TX
Crowne Plaza Market Center
$98 (Entertainment Card rate) Entertainment Card rate saves $28 on AAA rate
$126 (AAA rate)
Entertainment Card rate saves $28 on AAA rate

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. And how do I find this section of PC’s web (the Entertainment Rate)/r u saying that I have to buy the book 1st?

  2. Priority Club actually has the Entertainment discount rate built into their reservation search function as an option in the “Rate Preference” dropdown box.

    The rate is not always available, but when it is there are often great savings.

    I just purchased two Entertainment books last week for Monterey and San Jose for 50% off and free shipping.

    You should be able to combine an Entertainment rate with a paid rate for different nights. I do not know if Priority Club gives any points or night credits for Entertainment stays. I doubt it, but PC surprises me all the time with the generous points.

  3. IHG has a recurring 2 nights for the price of 1 at overseas properties. This is preferable to Entertainment coupons due to points earning with Priority Club.

    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2009/03/02/planning-for-europe-part-3-london-hotels-ihg-stay-2-nights-for-price-of-1/

    I see the link in the post has changed to something new called the Green Room discounts for the UK and the discount is now listed as 35%.

    http://www.holidayinngreenroom.co.uk/exclusive/?cm_mmc=partnership-_-exclusive-_-35-_-retail

    I’ll have to see if I can locate a new 2-for-1 link.

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