Priority Club Free Night Award Structure Changing

by John Ollila on January 6, 2013

Priority Club is going away with brand dependent award night point structure and implementing instead NINE award categories from 10K to 50K Priority Club points per night.

Priority Club New Award Categories

Priority Club New Award Categories

Priority Club last time tweaked their award categories on January 18, 2012, and below is the list of current categories that are still valid.

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I have requested a list of properties by their category. Last year, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club refused to release one claiming “competitive” reasons. I then compiled a list of all InterContinental ones with their old and new categories. You can access this list InterContinental Hotels Categories 2012 – Copy.

Priority Club is again promising to honor the old point rates until March 18, 2013. You can book using the old rate by contacting the Priority Club service center. But how do you know if the property went up? That is a very good question. You can use my Excel sheet for InterContinental hotels, but I haven’t had time to compile one that would include all the brands.

It is likely that this will have an effect with Priority Club properties especially in the New York City. I find it highly likely that Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express Times Square, Crowne Plaza Times Square, Staybridge Suites Times Square, Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden would stay at the same point level.

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We will likely see some cheaper InterContinental hotels moving lower than the current 30K Priority Club points per night.

Conclusion

I truly hope that Priority Club does the right thing this time and releases a list of properties with their new award categories BEFORE the change. There is absolutely no excuse NOT to do it. Hilton, Hyatt. Marriott and Starwood don’t have problem releasing their list of properties moving up/down in award categories.

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