This weekend is the debut of Priority Club Last Minute Rewards. I waited for an email on Monday announcing the first set of 50% off reward nights for this new Priority Club feature. The March 29 press release announcing Last Minute Rewards stated the format included an email alert on Monday before the weekend of discount rewards. Instead I find out Wednesday evening through View from the Wing blog.
Last Minute Reward Nights: A hotel industry first, “Last Minute Reward Nights” will allow Priority Club members globally to redeem Reward Nights at a 50% discount off the regular point price, for selected properties. Members will receive an e-mail on Monday providing a list of hotels where this offer will be available the following weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Initially, this program will be offered on the first full weekend of every month, starting with May 6, 7 and 8, 2011. March 29 Priority Club Relaunch Press Release
I searched my emails and no message from Priority Club this week about these rewards. I guess they are keeping the new rewards low key for this initial set.
The Last Minute Rewards are a moot point in my case anyway. The closest participating hotels to me for this weekend are 350 to 450 miles away in Los Angeles and San Diego. I booked the Holiday Inn Express Merced instead for my Yosemite road trip on what might be the last ever Pointbreaks hotels for 5,000 points per night. That dropped the price of a $120 hotel to $30 which is what 5,000 points cost to buy from Priority Club through Points & Cash reward nights.
Last Minute Reward Nights May 6-8, 2011
127 hotels comprise the first set of Last Minute Reward nights. The hotels are 50% off the standard reward rate. This initial set of hotels only includes hotels in the U.S.
Searching the hotels requires checking by state to determine geographically where the hotels are located. Priority Club allows sorting by points from low to high or high to low, however, the hotels for Last Minute rewards do not show state labels, so unless you know by name where Hotel Indigo Basking Ridge is located you need to click on the link to determine the state location.
You need to click on the United States link in left column to get a list of states and then you can search hotels by state.
The image above shows hotels in a Last Minute Rewards sort for Colorado.
The top tier hotels on this weekend’s Last Minute Rewards are the InterContinental O’Hare and InterContinental Dallas, both at 15,000 points per night. Dallas looks like a great deal. Lucky from One Mile at a Time wrote about the InterContinental O’Hare as being one of the nicest airport hotels in the U.S.
All in all, I like this new feature for Priority Club Rewards. I’ll like it even more when I find a hotel offered for a city where I need a hotel stay. In the mean time I will savor my PointBreaks night, even though it is a night in Merced, California.
My New Priority Club Platinum Card Arrived
On a related note: I picked up my newly redesigned Priority Club 2011 Platinum card in the mail today. I find the new layout more visually appealing than the old card.