Priority Club Rewards has filled their 25th Anniversary year with one great hotel loyalty program bonus after another. Frequent guests of hotels in the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) this year have been getting points and miles boosts.
Priority Club Fall 2008 Promotion:
Double Miles or Double Points beginning with second stay at an IHG hotel brand or beginning with first stay for Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites brand hotels.
Dates: Between 15 September – 15 December, 2008
· Registration required. No retroactive bonus for stays prior to registration.
· A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel regardless of check-in/check-out frequency.
· Only one room per member per night at a hotel will earn bonus points or miles.
· Must have miles preference selected in user profile to earn miles.
· Most business and leisure rates qualify (AAA and senior rates).
· Participating brands:
1. InterContinental Hotels
2. Crowne Plaza
3. Hotel Indigo
4. Holiday Inn
5. Holiday Inn Express
6. Express by Holiday Inn (this is the international name for hotels like Holiday Inn Express)
7. Staybridge Suites
8. Candlewood Suites
Eligible spending is room rate (not taxes), food and beverage, telephone, laundry, and in-room movies charged to the member’s room.
Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites stays normally earn 5 points per $1.00 in eligible spending. Fall 2008 Double Points promotion will earn 10 points/$1.00.
InterContinental Hotels normally earn a flat rate of 2,000 points per stay.
Fall 2008 Double Points promotion will earn 4,000 points/stay.
Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, and Hotel Indigo stays normally earn 10 points/$1.00.
Fall 2008 Double Points promotion will earn 20 points/$1.00.
Elite member hotel points bonuses are applied normally on the base points charges for members selecting hotel points earning.
Earning Airline Miles
Due to 13 different earning structures in the Priority Club airline miles charts, the only one covered here is for the main structure of miles earning used by the legacy airlines of United, American, Delta, Continental, Northwest, Alaska, US Airways and some other airlines.
Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo stays earn 2 miles / $1 in eligible charges.
Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites stays earn 1 mile / $1 in eligible charges.
InterContinental Hotels stays earn 500 miles / stay.
Earning Points vs. Miles in Real Travel
The real value in this promotion is for those members with lower cost stays at Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and HI Express.
Assume 6 stays at $100 each for Holiday Inn compared to 2 stays at InterContinental Hotels at $300 each. Member has no elite status.
Holiday Inn (6 stays at $100/stay)
Stay 1 = 1,000 points or 200 miles
Stay 2 = 2,000 points or 400 miles (Fall 2008 bonus applies)
Stay 3-6 = 8,000 points or 1,600 miles
11,000 points ($126.50 value at $11.50/1,000 points purchase price equivalent)
2,200 miles ($60 value at purchase price equivalent of $27/1,000 miles)
InterContinental Hotels (2 stays at $300/stay)
Stay 1 = 2,000 points or 500 miles
Stay 2 = 4,000 points or 1,000 miles (Fall 2008 bonus applies)
Total: 6,000 points ($69.00 value at $11.50/1,000 points purchase price equivalent)
or 1,500 miles ($40.50 value at purchase price equivalent of $27/1,000 miles)
As usual, I find better value in earning hotel points for this promotion than choosing miles. Better yet is the fact a member can earn elite status with IHG Priority Club based on the number of points earned in a calendar year (Gold = 20,000 points and Platinum = 60,000 points). In many cases it is an easier qualification standard for a frequent guest to reach Priority Club top elite Platinum membership on points when the member is not quite so frequent a guest as 50 nights in a year.