Priority Club Platinum status was previously very easy to get by just having maybe seven stays per year, when all the points deposited counted towards the status. This changed, however, on January 1, 2013.
Base points earned from Qualifying Rates paid for hotel stays, points collected from partner transactions, PCR Bonus Points Packages and Meeting Rewards are considered Elite Qualifying Points and counted towards membership elite status.
Priority Club still continues to match status from competing programs. I requested a list of programs that they match, but didn’t get one. Apparently, they are really matching most similar programs such as Best Western, Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, Le Club Accorhotels, Marriott, Starwood etc.
Edit (July 8, 2013): There has been a change on programs they match and Club Carlson/Accor both have been dropped from the list of programs that they match. I will write an updated piece about IHG Rewards Club status match within the next week.
Which program did you match and how long it took Priority Club to upgrade your status? Leave a message below.
Here’s how to request the status match:
1. If you don’t have Priority Club account, sign up first at www.priorityclub.com.
2. Then you have two choices:
You can either call 1-888-211-9874 (If you are not located in the United, just use Skype) and follow the instructions that they give you.
You are likely asked to email screen shot of the competing programs web page showing your status directly to the person’s email that is speaking with you.
You can send email an email to PriorityClub@ihg.com and request a status match to Priority Club Platinum.
Remember to include a screen shot of the competing programs web page that shows the status that you have and your Priority Club account number.
Priority Club’s status matches are ONLY valid for the current calendar year.
With most other programs, the status that is matched or fast tracked, through a challenge, on the second half of the year is carried over for the following calendar year as well. This is not the case with Priority Club.
If you are planning to have stays at InterContinental Hotels Group properties later in 2013, it doesn’t hurt to have the status matched from the competing program right now.
There are often promotions that won’t work unless you have Gold or Platinum status with Priority Club.
Also, if you happen to be a Gold Ambassador, you will also receive a new Platinum Ambassador kit with some extra Priority Club points + free weekend night voucher. Definitely worth doing a status match just to get those.
We’ll see if Priority Club is going to spice up the Platinum benefits outside of the greater China this year. Properties in greater China were going to start giving more defined benefits such as complimentary internet and upgrades to Platinum members.
Overall, I don’t mind staying occasionally at non-InterContinental locations as well. In those occasions the Platinum status comes handy.