Nov052009

Priority Club Nights for Flights 60,000 Points Bonus

Priority Club is a mystery to me when it comes to promotion bonuses. Sites like Priority Club Insider, FlyerTalk, and Priority Club Connect (Priority Club’s sponsored community forum) post a variety of bonus points promotions for your IHG hotel stays. The general consensus is sign up for every promotion and wait to see which bonuses post.

The Nights for Flights offer is 15,000 bonus points for every fifth qualifying night, up to 60,000 points for stays by December 31, 2009. The offer is only valid for US and Canada hotel stays.

Here is some discussion of Nights for Flights on Priority Club Connect http://community.priorityclub.com/message/7284.

I signed up for the Nights for Flights promotion last week through this link on Priority Club Insider. The promotion is not showing on my Priority Club “My Offer Status” promotions page yet. This 60,000 points promotion may turn out not to be applicable for my hotel stays, but I received 2,640 bonus points for a promotion  offer with my last Holiday Inn hotel stay that never appeared on the “My Offer Status” promotions page either.

Before my stay in August in Henderson, Nevada I went through Priority Club promotion sign-up links shown on the sites I listed.

My $66 room rate per night for two nights earned 5,640 points.

5,640 points for $132 is nearly 43 points earned per $1. That blows away the Priority Club Rewards published 10 points per $1 official earning rate without promotional bonuses or elite status.

Priority Club “Flights Anywhere” Awards

The nights for flights promotion is designed to garner attention to Priority Club’s recently launched Flights Anywhere awards.  The award offer allows a member to book any flight using points or a combination of points and cash. Awards are a minimum of 20,000 points.

My sample search was Monterey-Denver. The lowest priced award for my search was listed as 120,000 points for a one-stop with US Airways. 

Priority Club "Flights Anywhere" search results MRY-DEN

Priority Club "Flights Anywhere" search results MRY-DEN

The purchase rate on Orbitz.com for this 120,000 points airline ticket was $414 all-in. This comes out to a redemption value of $3.45/1,000 points. PointBreaks awards will likely have a $20/1,000 points redemption value. I don’t see much value in Flights Anywhere, but then I don’t spend so many nights in hotels that I find value spending points for non-hotel offers.

Another way to look at this is 3 free nights at any InterContinental Hotel in the world will cost 120,000 points. London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York … I am pretty sure I could get a $1,000+ redemption value using 120,000 Priority Club points for IHG hotel stays.

Not that I have that many points to spend anyway. But 60,000 points would be an account balance jumpstart.

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. Is it just me or is the Priority Club program with its dual levels (Ambassaor for Intercontinental and Gold/Plat for everything else (plus the ability to purchase Ambasasador and get nominated to Royal) just utterly confusing to the average traveler?

    Ok, I may be exaggerating a bit.

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