Apr132011

Priority Club Stay Bonuses earn up to 15,000 points

Spending $100 for a night at Holiday Inn earns about 1,000 points at 10 points per dollar in hotel spend.  So why do many members get several thousand additional bonus points for each hotel stay?

Promotion offers make all the difference.

A unique feature of Priority Club Rewards is the ability to sign up for multiple bonus promotion offers, even if not specifically targeted to you, and earn bonus points from some of these offers for a single hotel stay. This is the reason why many Priority Club stays earn bonus points as high as 5 times or more the base points earned from hotel spend.

Over the years I have received numerous offers from Priority Club for a “Stay bonus” or “Come Back” bonus. These are features of many hotel loyalty programs who reach out to former guests with a promotional enticement to return to their hotel brands. Often the incentive is a gift of bonus points. Occasionally it is a free night. Most of these are targeted offers only applicable to the member.

Priority Club, more than any other major hotel loyalty program, allows loyalty members to register for multiple promotions not specifically targeted to the member. All you need to know is a link and promotion code to register for bonus points and other offers.

There are a couple of places where you can search for these promotion offers like FlyerTalk.com (Priority Club promotion code thread and Priority Club promotion discussion thread) and MilePoint.com in the Priority Club thread, and PriorityClubInsider.com for listings of the most current promotions. There are a large number of promotion codes posted.

The general advice you will find is sign up for every offer that lets you register and then wait in anticipation after your hotel stay to see which bonus points appear in your account. To repeat, Priority Club is unique among hotel loyalty programs. This kind of thing does not happen much with Starwood, Hilton and Marriott.

Loyalty Traveler maintains a current loyalty promotions page of the major promotions open to most Priority Club members, but I do not post many of the Priority Club targeted offers listed on the sites above. FrequentFlyerBonuses.com is another good place to find a simple list of bonuses compiled in an easier to read format than the FlyerTalk and MilePoint boards.

Here is a list of offers from just the past month listed on FlyerTalk and MilePoint to illustrate the large number of Priority Club promotions currently out there.

Two things to keep in mind with Priority Club quarterly stay bonuses:

  1. Not all offers are created equal. Priority Club Offer code 6576 earns 5,000 points after three nights, but offer code 6577 requires four nights to earn 5,000 points. Offer code 6596 earns 10,000 bonus points after 7 nights, but offer code 6594 requires 12 nights to earn 10,000 bonus points.
  2. Choose carefully. There are many bonus variations. Priority Club only applies the first offer you register for to your account of the “Stay X nights/times and Earn X Points” bonus promotions.  These targeted stay bonuses are generally offered every calendar quarter.

Priority Club Quarterly Stay Bonuses

3,000 points for next stay April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Milepoint.com)

Stay 3 nights, earn 5,000 points April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Offer Code 6576) (FlyerTalk.com)

Stay 4 nights, earn 5,000 points April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Offer Code 6577) (FlyerTalk.com)

Stay 7 nights, earn 10,000 points April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Offer code 6596) (FlyerTalk.com)

Stay 8 nights, earn 10,000 points April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Offer code 3577) (FlyerTalk.com)

Stay 10 nights, earn 10,000 points April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Offer code 3592) (FlyerTalk.com)

Stay 12 nights, earn 10,000 points April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Offer code 6594) (FlyerTalk.com)

Stay 18 nights, earn 15,000 points April 1 – June 30, 2011 (Offer code 6594) (FlyerTalk.com)

Other current Priority Club offers

Weekend Stay 5,000 Bonus Points for a 2-night stay Friday-Sunday or Saturday to Monday within 90 days of registering. (Offer code 3782) (FlyerTalk.com)

1,000 bonus points for every stay in next 60 days. (Offer code 6778) (FlyerTalk.com)

5,000 points after 50 nights by November 30, 2011 (milepoint.com)

Apart from the stay X get Y, I get the impression that the following 5 still work for everyone:

New member bonus 1500 pts. (8853)
Elite member next stay bonus 3000 pts. (2697)
Next stay bonus 1500 pts. (1848)
Welcome back bonus 1500 pts. (7830)
Anniversary bonus offer 1000 pts. per stay for 90 days (2775)

FlyerTalk March 9, 2011 Hannibal Lecter

PriorityClubInsider does a good job of picking out the best offers and providing working links for registration. Here is one PriorityClubInsider.com page with many of the best offers that will require reading pages of FlyerTalk to locate.

I have been getting my Priority Club promotion registrations in order this week. I have several more hotel nights to stay before the end of May to earn my 91,000 Priority Club bonus points for last year’s Crack the Case promotion offer.

PriorityClubInsider.com is good site for promotions and tutorial

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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