Priority Club Points & Cash is a way to conserve points on Priority Club Reward nights. Basically the cost of the reward night is reduced by 5,000 points in exchange for $30 cash. Pay $60 and reduce the cost of the reward by 10,000 points.
[Update: November 15, 2010 – This glitch has been closed down by Priority Club. Nice while it lasted.]
PointBreaks are Priority Club’s special 5,000 points per reward night limited time offers at select hotels.
While searching for hotels in the Chicago area I came across a Points & Cash rate anomaly through the Holiday Inn site revealing the option for $30 hotel nights.
The Chicago Do is being held at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove in the Chicago suburbs around the vicinity of Chicago O’hare Airport.
On the ichotelsgroup.com Priority Club Rewards website the Reward Nights option looks like this:
But, when I check the Chicago-Elk Grove hotel website link I find a Points & Cash anomaly.
The PointBreaks rate of 5,000 points per night is actually combined with a Points & Cash offer to pay $30 in exchange for the 5,000 points. The hotel is available for 0 points + $30 per night even for a Priority Club member who has no Priority Club points.
Even better yet, there is the Pay $60 Points & Cash offer. You can book the hotel room at this PointBreaks hotel for $60 and receive 5,000 points for the reward night. You get a $30 room night and the ability to buy Priority Club points for more than 50% off the normal purchase rate.
Points purchased through Points & Cash do not count toward the 12-month 40,000 points purchase limit. But remember, Points & Cash reward nights also earn no points or promotion credit. That is a big consideration currently with the option to get a free night at any IHG hotel after two stays.
But for a last minute booking for a late Chicago arrival, a $30 Holiday Inn hotel night near O’Hare certainly beats Priceline. And the $30 rate is 75% off the regular $109 room rate for the same night.