Feb172010

Priority Club Bonus Points Packages – up to 10,000 points for one night

Priority Club is advertising to members a promotion with this alluring catchphrase:

“Pack more points into your stay with Priority Club Bonus Points Packages”

Priority Club has some hefty bonus point opportunities right now at select hotels. Several hotels are offering 10,000 points per stay at rates just $33 to $57 more than the otherwise lowest rate available (AAA or nonrefundable rates) for 10,000 bonus points. This offer is an excellent 5-key hotel loyalty promotion value.

Some of these promotions are difficult to find. You may need to navigate through both Room Rate links and Hotel Packages links to locate these elusive 10,000 points offers. Checking FlyerTalk threads for 10,000 points bonus packages is a good idea since several hotels are posting their offers directly on FlyerTalk’s InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club forum such as this Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare/Rosemont thread started yesterday.

Here is the Priority Club official promotion link with links to individual states and a list of the hotels in that state offering a bonus points package. Most of the promotion offers are for 1,000 points; 2,000 points; 3,000 points; or 5,000 points bonuses per hotel stay. There are no 10,000 bonus points offers shown on this Priority Club promotion page. Most states have some participating hotels for 5,000 points or less.

Washington, D.C. and 13 states are not listed for this deal including Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Wyoming. Although Wisconsin is not listed on the promotion page, two of the 10,000 points per stay offers shown below are at Wisconsin hotels. So you may want to check hotels in your location for Bonus Points offers and be sure to also check Hotel Package rates.

Check both "View Room Rates" and "View Package Rates" to find 10,000 points offers

All hotel rates quoted in this article are for the check-in date of Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

For example:

Crowne Plaza Billings, Montana has a 5,000 bonus points offer. http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/pc/1/en/hotel/BILCP?rateCode=IKPC5

  • 5,000 Bonus Points Package Rate = $154.00
  • Best Available $128.00
  • AAA rate = $118.15

5,000 bonus points are $36.00 over the minimum AAA rate. This rate buys 5,000 points for about $40 after tax. These bonus points count towards Priority Club elite membership (Gold = 20,000 points; Platinum = 60,000 points earned in a calendar year.) and the paid night may be eligible for additional bonus points promotions.

10,000 Bonus Points Offers

There are some hotels offering 10,000 bonus points per stay, and a stay can be as short as one hotel night.

Here are rate comparisons for some of the hotels I found with 10,000 bonus points package rates.

Hotel Indigo, Schaumburg North, IL

  • Prepaid Advance purchase = $82.99
  • Best Flexible Rate = $109.99
  • 1,000 points = $119.99
  • 5,000 points = $129.99
  • 10,000 points = $139.99

This hotel is not listed in the Priority Club Bonus Points Package promotion webpage, however, this hotel is offering bonus points packages for 1,000 points; 5,000 points; and even 10,000 points. For an additional cost over the lowest available prepaid, nonrefundable rate, about $60 after tax, the Priority Club member can buy 10,000 bonus points. The member will also receive 570 additional base points for the $57 extra cost of the room rate and extra elite bonus points if applicable by paying the higher package rate. And all these points count for elite status qualification.

Holiday Inn Chicago/Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, IL ($15 over Best Flexible Rate)

  • Advance Purchase rate = $91.00
  • Best Flexible Rate = $109.00
  • 5,000 Bonus Points = $112.00
  • 10,000 Bonus Points = $124.00

Holiday Inn Madison West, Wisconsin ($25 over Best Flexible Rate-Listed under Hotel Packages rates)

  • Advance Purchase rate = $103.99
  • Best Flexible Rate = $114.95
  • 3,000 Bonus Points = $134.95
  • 10,000 Bonus Points = $139.95

Holiday Inn Express Milwaukee Airport ($30 over Best Flexible Rate)

  • Advance Purchase rate = $99.99
  • Best Flexible Rate = $119.99
  • 3,000 Bonus Points = $124.99
  • 10,000 Bonus Points = $149.99

Holiday Inn Frisco, TX

  • Advance Purchase rate = $102.00
  • AAA $114.00
  • Best Flexible Rate = $119.00
  • 1,000 Bonus Points = $129.00
  • 10,000 Bonus Points = $159.00
  • 1,000 bonus points rate at $129 is featured when searching Best Available Rates, but there is a 10,000 bonus points rate for $159.00 if you click the “View Hotel Packages” link.

    Paying $45 to buy 10,000 points with a hotel stay is a great value compared to buying 10,000 points for $125. You can earn Priority Club Gold elite status after earning 20,000 points with just two hotel stays.

    Aside: I actually put myself through a geography quiz to see if I could figure out the missing states for this Priority Club promotion without referring to a two-letter state list for comparison to the promotion webpage list. It took me about 4 or 5 minutes.

    My geography is fairly good since I have traveled across most areas of the USA. I need to learn Africa better. That continent always knocks me down in geography games. Click on this link and quiz yourself on the 13 missing two-letter state codes.

    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. Good stuff, Ric – I stayed in the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria last night on the 5,000 point bonus promo…hopefully I’ll get at least 8-9k with all of the bonuses + base points.

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