Priority Club offers free hotel nights for only 5,000 points through PointBreaks. The new PointBeaks list just came out and reservations are allowed for stays through January 31.
The list this time is much smaller, at only 103 hotels, than in updates the past year. In July 2009 there were over 160 hotels on the list.
Apparently, according to Lucky at One Mile at a Time there were some InterContinental Hotels available yesterday and they are already gone from the list. You have to be fast with PointBreaks to get the hotel value hotels. This is also a PointBreaks list absent of any InterContinental Hotels.
I hope Priority Club is not following the road taken by Hilton HHonors where PointStretcher 40% Discount awards have dwindled to the point of nonexistence recently.
Priority Club Insider website has a good summary of PointBreaks awards for the Priority Club uninitiated.
Loyalty traveler PointBreaks tips for the novice Priority Club member:
You can buy up to 40,000 points from Priority Club in any 12-month period.
1,000 – 9,000 points = US$13.50 per 1,000 points
($67.50 to buy a PointBreaks award)
10,000 – 19,000 points = US$12.50 per 1,000 points
($62.50 to buy PointBreaks award)
20,000 – 40,000 points = $11.50 per 1,000 points
($57.50 to buy PointBreaks award)
An added bonus to a cheap PointBreaks room night is points purchases count toward elite qualification credit. Priority Club sells Gold elite status for $50, but you can also qualify for Gold elite with the purchase of 20,000 points ($223) and have sufficient points to redeem four free PointBreaks nights.
Last November I purchased 10,000 Priority Club Rewards points and redeemed two PointBreaks free nights at Holiday Inn Express hotels in Ashland, Oregon and Yreka, California just off Interstate 5 while on a roadtrip to Vancouver, Canada. I had two hotel stays on PointBreaks with my purchased points and saved more than 50% on the lowest room rates for these two nights.
Yreka Holiday Inn Express had their grand opening gala the night of my PointBreaks stay. In addition to the cheap room I received a hotel tour, swag bag and free beer at the lobby party with all the town travel agents and dignitaries. Really cool experience.
October 2009 PointBreaks Hotels by Region
USA = 62 Hotels
Canada = 8 hotels
Mexico = 0 hotels
Central/South America = 2 hotels
Europe = 18 hotels
Middle East/Africa = 1 hotel
Asia = 9 hotels
Australia-Oceania = 3 hotels
Total Hotels on October 2009 PointBreaks List = 103
Total Hotels on July 2009 PointBreaks List = 161
Total Hotels October 2008 PointBreaks List = 163
My July 2009 post did not list the PointBreaks hotels and since they disappear from the list when allocated rooms are reserved, I will try to post the complete list on Loyalty Traveler each time there is a PointBreaks update for historical reference on hotel selections.