The official 2010 1st Quarter Priority Club promo for 1,000 points or 200 miles per night is just one offer of many currently available to Priority Club members. The ability to combine bonus points offers make Priority Club one of the most generous hotel loyalty programs available to frequent guests.
There are three good sources for learning about the different promotional opportunities available to Priority Club members: FlyerTalk, PriorityClubInsider.com, and Priority Club Connect.
FlyerTalk has a forum section for InterContinental Hotels: Priority Club and InterContinental Ambassador. There is a master thread for promotions placed as a sticky near the top of the forum – “IC Master Promo Thread 2010”. This master thread was updated just a few days ago by Radioman and summarizes a number of points earning opportunities and includes a mini-tutorial on signing up for Priority Club promotions.
Two of the most lucrative promotions are the “Celebration” offer, Code 5005, for 5,000 points with a two-night weekend stay for Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday within 90 days of promotion registration.
The other offer is the recurring quarterly promotion based on a specific number of IHG hotel stays. These promotions range from 5,000 bonus points after 4 nights to 10,000 bonus points for 2 stays, and up to 15,000 bonus points for as few as five nights or as many as 18 nights.
The catch is a Priority Club member can only earn one of the night-based bonus offers from among the dozen or so mutually exclusive offers currently available. The uncertainty factor with the “Stay X Nights, Earn X Points” promotions is the inability to know in advance which promotion you will be able to successfully register to your account, if any.
The general guideline is to sign up for the most favorable offer based on your anticipated hotel stay pattern. Keep trying other offers if you are unsuccessful in registering for your favorite choice.
PriorityClubInsider.com is an independent website detailing Priority Club promotions. Most of this information is also found on the FlyerTalk threads, however, I find the blog format much easier to browse for bonus points promotions than FlyerTalk. Here is the blog post regarding the 2010 1st quarter bonus point offers for stays with registration links.
This website also has FAQ regarding the Priority Club program in the right hand side of the webpage for a basic tutorial on Priority Club and InterContinental Ambassador.
PriorityClub.Connect is the official IHG hotel chain sponsored bulletin board. Priority Club members can register, read, and contribute. Unlike the MarriottRewardsInsiders.com forums, a websurfer does not need to be signed in to read PriorityClub.Connect. There are plenty of active participants creating a dynamic forum discussion on many aspects of InterContinental Hotels Group and the loyalty programs. This is definitely a site to check out if you are active in Priority Club or an IC Ambassador. Here is a link to the Priority Club section of the bulletin board.
[updated links October 3, 2010 when I tried them and saw the web addresses changed. Hey readers, let me know if the links stop working in the future. This is a low-tech manual gig. Please help!]