Priority Club Already Tweaking Award Requirements (Mistakes?)

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Priority Club is set to change the number of points required for 60% of its hotel portfolio on January 18, 2013. Today, I received emails from LoyaltyLobby readers that they had already found lower points requirement for some hotels and there was similar reports on FlyerTalk as well.

We just went through number of IHG hotels and found the following changes that had been applied already. None of the prices in points had gone up but around 170 had gone down.

I have very hard time believing that Priority Club had intended to lower the price of the following three InterContinental hotels to 15K points until 2014. I would encourage you to book them now if you have use for them at 15K level.

InterContinental Atlanta 15K Priority Club points per night

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InterContinental Toronto Centre 15K Priority Club points per night

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InterContinental Toronto Yorkville 15K Priority Club points per night

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Here’s the list of changes we found so far:
+---------+-------+--------------------------------+---------+----------+
| Country | Brand | Property                       | Regular | Discount |
+---------+-------+--------------------------------+---------+----------+
| AU      | CP    | PERTH                          |   35000 |    20000 |
| AU      | HI    | GAGUDJU CROCODILE              |   15000 |    10000 |
| AU      | HI    | OLD SYDNEY                     |   25000 |    10000 |
| CA      | CP    | EDMONTON-CHATEAU LACOMBE       |   25000 |    15000 |
| CA      | HI    | TORONTO-AIRPORT EAST           |   15000 |    10000 |
| CA      | HI    | TORONTO-BRAMPTON CONF. CENTRE  |   15000 |    10000 |
| CA      | HI    | MISSISSAUGA                    |   15000 |    10000 |
| CA      | HI    | TORONTO-MARKHAM                |   15000 |    10000 |
| CA      | HI    | TORONTO-INT`L AIRPORT          |   20000 |    10000 |
| CA      | HI    | TORONTO-YORKDALE               |   20000 |    10000 |
| CA      | HX    | TORONTO-AIRPORT AREA/DIXIE RD  |   15000 |     7000 |
| CA      | HX    | TORONTO-NORTH YORK             |   15000 |     7000 |
| CA      | IC    | TORONTO CENTRE                 |   40000 |    15000 |
| CA      | IC    | TORONTO YORKVILLE              |   40000 |    15000 |
| CN      | CP    | ZHENGZHOU                      |   25000 |    20000 |
| CN      | CP    | ZHANJIANG                      |   25000 |    20000 |
| CN      | HI    | WUHAN - RIVERSIDE              |   15000 |    10000 |
| CN      | HI    | CITY CENTRE GUANGZHOU          |   25000 |    10000 |
| DE      | HI    | MUNICH CITY CENTRE             |   25000 |    10000 |
| ID      | IC    | JAKARTA MIDPLAZA               |   30000 |    25000 |
| JP      | IC    | TOKYO BAY                      |   40000 |    25000 |
| KW      | CP    | KUWAIT CITY                    |   25000 |    20000 |
| MX      | CP    | MEXICO CITY NORTH-TLALNEPANTLA |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | MAZATLAN                       |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | GUADALAJARA                    |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | TOLUCA-LANCASTER               |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | TUXTLA GUTIERREZ               |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | TORREON                        |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | MONTERREY                      |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | HOTEL DE MEXICO                |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | NUEVO LAREDO                   |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | MONTERREY AEROPUERTO           |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | MEXICALI-BAJA CALIFORNIA       |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | VILLAHERMOSA, TAB.             |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | XALAPA, VER                    |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | ACAPULCO                       |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | CP    | LEON, GTO                      |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HI    | URUAPAN                        |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | CIUDAD DE MEXICO-TRADE CENTER  |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | IXTAPA                         |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | SAN LUIS POTOSI-QUIJOTE        |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | REYNOSA-INDUSTRIAL PONIENTE    |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | REYNOSA ZONA DORADA            |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | LA PIEDAD                      |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | CD. OBREGON                    |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | MEXICO TOREO-SATELITE          |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | PUEBLA-PARQUE INDUSTRIAL FINSA |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | CD. DE MEXICO TLALNEPANTLA     |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | TAMPICO ALTAMIRA               |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | LEON-CONVENTION CENTER         |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | TOLUCA                         |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | CHETUMAL-PUERTA MAYA           |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | LEON                           |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | PACHUCA, HGO                   |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | MORELIA                        |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | SALAMANCA                      |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | CD. DE MEXICO ZONA ROSA        |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | QUERETARO-CENTRO HISTORICO     |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | IRAPUATO                       |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | MEXICO MEDICA SUR              |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | CAMPECHE                       |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | QUERETARO ZONA DIAMANTE        |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | MEXICO CITY-ZOCALO             |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | MEXICO COYOACAN                |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | DURANGO                        |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | MEXICO CITY-PLAZA UNIVERSIDAD  |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | TUXTLA GUTIERREZ               |   15000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HI    | TUXPAN, VER.                   |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | SAN CRISTOBAL - ESPANOL        |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | MATAMOROS                      |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | CHIHUAHUA                      |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | MERIDA                         |   20000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | VERACRUZ-CENTRO HISTORICO      |   20000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HI    | GUADALAJARA-CENTRO HISTORICO   |   20000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HI    | PUEBLA LA NORIA                |   20000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | MONTERREY-NORTE                |   25000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | GUADALAJARA                    |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HI    | VERACRUZ-BOCA DEL RIO          |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HI    | CD. DEL CARMEN                 |   25000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HI    | MEXICO DALI AIRPORT            |   25000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HI    | CUERNAVACA                     |   25000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | PARAISO DOS BOCAS              |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | TORREON                        |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | MONTERREY GALERIAS-SN JERONIMO |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | SALTILLO ZONA AEROPUERTO       |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | TAMPICO                        |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | TOLUCA                         |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | PIEDRAS NEGRAS                 |   10000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HX    | CHIHUAHUA                      |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | GUADALAJARA EXPO               |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | CD. JUAREZ - LAS MISIONES      |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | MEXICO CITY AT THE WTC         |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | CIUDAD VICTORIA                |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | MORELIA                        |   10000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | GUADALAJARA SUR                |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | IRAPUATO                       |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | CD. DEL CARMEN                 |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | PLAYACAR RIVIERA MAYA          |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HX    | PUEBLA                         |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | OAXACA-CENTRO HISTORICO        |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | MONTERREY AEROPUERTO           |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | NUEVO LAREDO, TAMPS            |   15000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HX    | TECNOLOGICO MONTERREY          |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | SAN LUIS POTOSI                |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | TOLUCA ZONA AEROPUERTO         |   15000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | SILAO-AEROPUERTO BAJIO         |   20000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HX    | GUANAJUATO                     |   20000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HX    | CANCUN ZONA HOTELERA           |   20000 |    12500 |
| MX      | HX    | VILLAHERMOSA TABASCO 2000      |   25000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | MEXICO SANTA FE                |   25000 |     7500 |
| MX      | HX    | MEXICO-PASEO DE LA REFORMA     |   25000 |     5000 |
| MX      | HR    | PUERTO VALLARTA                |   25000 |    12500 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE COZUMEL RESORT SPA  |   30000 |    20000 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE GUADALAJARA         |   30000 |    15000 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE PUERTO VALLARTA RES |   30000 |    20000 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE CANCUN RESORT       |   30000 |    20000 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE MERIDA              |   30000 |    15000 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE MONTERREY           |   30000 |    15000 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE MEXICO CITY         |   30000 |    15000 |
| MX      | IC    | PRESIDENTE PUEBLA              |   30000 |    15000 |
| MX      | SB    | MONTERREY - SAN PEDRO          |   20000 |    10000 |
| MX      | SB    | GUADALAJARA EXPO               |   25000 |    10000 |
| US      | CW    | STEVENSVILLE                   |   15000 |     9000 |
| US      | CP    | ANAHEIM-GARDEN GROVE           |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | ATLANTA-AIRPORT                |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | DAYTON                         |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | ATLANTA PERIMETER AT RAVINIA   |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | AUBURN HILLS                   |   25000 |    10000 |
| US      | CP    | SAN FRANCISCO-INTL AIRPORT     |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | PROVIDENCE-WARWICK (AIRPORT)   |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | DALLAS-MARKET CENTER           |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | NORTH DALLAS-ADDISON           |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | NASHUA                         |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | GRAND RAPIDS -  AIRPORT        |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | GREENVILLE-I-385-ROPER MTN RD  |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | LOS ANGELES-COMMERCE CASINO    |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | PENSACOLA GRAND                |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | HARRISBURG-HERSHEY             |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | PITTSFIELD-BERKSHIRES          |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | PHOENIX                        |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | PORTLAND-LAKE OSWEGO           |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT    |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | MADISON                        |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | MINNEAPOLIS-DWTN (NORTHSTAR)   |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | RICHMOND DOWNTOWN              |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | PALO ALTO                      |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | INDIANAPOLIS-DWTN-UNION STN    |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | NORTHWEST-BROOKHOLLOW          |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | SAN FRANCISCO-PENINSULA-ARPT   |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | WHITE PLAINS-DOWNTOWN          |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | LOS ANGELES- INTL AIRPORT      |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | ST. LOUIS AIRPORT              |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | SPRINGFIELD                    |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | COLUMBUS-DOWNTOWN              |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | SEATTLE-DOWNTOWN AREA          |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | ASTOR-NEW ORLEANS              |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | KEY WEST-LA CONCHA             |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | BEVERLY HILLS                  |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | THE HAMILTON - WASHINGTON DC   |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | WASHINGTON NATL AIRPORT        |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | REDONDO BEACH AND MARINA       |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | CP    | ORLANDO-UNIVERSAL              |   35000 |    15000 |
| US      | HI    | ROCHESTER-AIRPORT              |   15000 |    10000 |
| US      | HI    | MPLS/ST PAUL ARPT-MALL OF AMER |   20000 |    15000 |
| US      | HI    | YOUNGSTOWN-SOUTH (BOARDMAN)    |   25000 |    10000 |
| US      | HX    | MURRELLS INLET (MYRTLE BEACH)  |   25000 |    15000 |
| US      | HR    | PANAMA CITY BEACH              |   25000 |    20000 |
+---------+-------+--------------------------------+---------+----------+

Conclusion

It is interesting to see how this Priority Club change is going to play out by the time we have the entire list of new point requirements.

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  • bluecat

    dumb Q: what does ‘regular” versus “discount” mean?

    • kris

      regular- normal up to yesterday, discount – cheaper from today up to …?:)

  • bluecat

    thanks. you helped me out with this info. Seattle, here I come!

    • Jessica Warren

      im going to yay!!!

  • Kevinz

    Thanks John, just booked 3 nights @ IC Toronto centre, is this one nicer than Yorkville?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      I have not stayed at the Yorkville location but have at the Toronto Centre. But I have stayed at the Park Hyatt that is on the same block as the Yorkville one. I think that it depends where you need to be.

      • Jeremy

        I looked into Yorkville for a trip in October but ended up staying at Park Hyatt which was great. If it becomes 15K a night, even better. I heard it was nice but people said PH was nicer.

    • egwg

      The reviews i read said the hotel kind of dated & the Yorkville one is nicer. I booked a night at each. I’m gonna try to catch a Leafs and/or Raptors game. Good find!

      • http://www.facebook.com/andy.macleod.319 Andy Macleod

        Ive booked Yorkville and have managed through the son of a friend to get tickets for Leafs and Rangers – it will be 5 years since I was last at the ACC for hockey

        • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

          That is great!

  • Ric Garrido

    Great deals. I actually needed hotels in Toronto and Los Angeles and booked $1,200 in rooms for $70 + 5,000 points per night. $800 savings for 30,000 points.
    Thanks John

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Yeah. There are few gems. The Holiday Inn Sydney for 10K is not bad one either. Let’s see if there are some other bargains during this change.

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  • Dogbert

    Thank you! I just booked the Holiday Inn Old Sydney for 40,000 points for 4 nights that would have cost $1,400. Munich Holiday Inn is pretty good and a bargain at 10,000 points.

  • Lucky

    THANK YOU! I had a reservation at HI Old Town Sydney and this saved me 45K points!!!!

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      That’s fabulous!

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  • Elena Garcia

    I just canceled my Munich booking I had made and make another booking…I saved 90k points! So awesome thanks!!

    • Kim

      I did too! Saved 45,000 points on a reservation I already had!

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  • Kathy

    I am trying to book the Palazzo, Las Vegas using several different dates and I keep getting a message that award nights are unavailable. I checked about 10 different 4 night stays. What am I doing wrong?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Could be that they are in the process of changing the award category of that hotel and that is temporarily unavailable for awards.

  • Jon

    Thanks for sharing – I just booked the Crowne Plaza Universal-Orlando for 5k points + $70 cash per night. Regular rates are over $350/night in December!

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      That is quite a steal!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.macleod.319 Andy Macleod

    I have just booked a total of 4 nights in 2 stays in April at the IC Toronto Yorkville on points saving myself over $1000CDN I stayed there on my first trip to Toronto in 2004 and thought it was a very good hotel with an indoor swimming pool on the top floor

  • o

    I noticed something interesting while booking a few nights at a hotel that drooped to 10K. For a few minutes I was told that my account does not have enough points and including the negative amount reported implied that the cost should have been 20K per night. After a few minutes it was gone and I able to book some more nights with what was left in the account.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      They were likely in the process of restoring the point requirements to previous levels and you were in the booking process while they were doing it.

  • o

    list is now restored to the previous points

  • Amber Parker

    They must have switched back. Just checked both Crowne Plaza locations listed in the Dallas area and they are both are at 25k.

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  • Dave

    The Intercontinental in DC is now up to 50,000 points from 35,000. All the people who got into Intercontinentals in other cities for 15,000 points before PC moved them back up lucked out. Greedy buggers at PC are really driving us away

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