Top Hotel Promotions for December

The registration for two of the five promotions that I have listed here has already ended. Marriott & Starwood promotions required registration in October/November period, although the earning period is still going on.

Don’t forget to get some extra cashback for your hotel stays! Getting Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings

Please note that these five are in no particular order:

1. Marriott’s MegaBonus for extra points or for up to three category 1 to 4 free night certificates after every two stays.

Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

2. Hilton’s promo with Virgin Atlantic that would earn you 30K extra HH points after five stays. Requires you to credit to Virgin Atlantic and later transfer the points back to Hilton.

Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

3. Starwood Better by the Bight promotion with online booking, social check in + Aeroplan bonuses.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

4. Priority Club Stay-bonus that is combined with numerous one time bonuses that you can earn.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

Priority Club One Time Bonuses for November

5. Wyndham’s promo for 16K bonus points for a stay for up to three stays at their newly opened properties (20 total) in the United States.

Wyndham Opening Special (Rerun) – 16000 Bonus Points per Stay for Up To 3 Stays

Conclusion

Most of the promotions are coming to an end this months and we should start shortly learn about the promotions for the first quarter of 2013.

Priority Club Gold & Platinum Elite Status Requirements in 2013

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Two days ago, I wrote about the coming changes how you will qualify or requalify for Priority Club Gold and Platinum status in 2013. Priority Club had first published this on their Chinese website. Note that none of these changes affect your qualification this year.

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Now, Priority Club has updated the Priority Club English Terms and conditions as well:

Points for Elite Status – For purposes of determining Elite Status, Priority Club points are classified as either Elite Qualifying Points or Non-Elite Qualifying Points.

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.

A Qualifying Rate includes the following: non-discounted rate, standard corporate rate, worldwide sales negotiated rate, national/regional/local government rate and specified leisure rates as confirmed by the IHG HOLIDEX® Plus reservation system.

All other point earning transactions, including promotional points, points vouchers, points purchase, points transfers, and points deposits, will be considered Non-Elite Qualifying Points and will not be counted towards elite status.

Overall, this is quite a drastic change. Until now, all points have counted towards Gold Platinum status with Priority Club.

It is not, however, as bad as I thought it might be as “PCR Bonus Points Packages” will continue count towards the status qualification as well. These are bonus points that hotels sell part of the room rate. There are some hotels that are offering 5K to 10K bonus points per stay.  According to the revised terms and conditions, these would still count towards the elite qualifying points.

The current requirements for Priority Club elite statuses are:

Gold – 15 nights or 20000 points from all sources

Platinum – 50 nights or 60000 points from all sources

Conclusion

We’ll see if Priority Club is spicing up the Gold and Platinum benefits in 2013 as they have done in China. If they are going to make the qualification more difficult, they should offer complimentary internet, breakfast/lounge access, and room upgrades as Platinum benefits at all hotels to be competitive with Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and Starwood.

Priority Club Point Breaks List Is Out (December) Valid Until January 31

Priority Club just released their latest list of Point Breaks hotels that you can book for only 5000 points per night.  These hotels are available for booking until January 31, 2013, but popular hotels will drop off from the list fast.

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There is only one InterContinental (InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza) on the list and the list as a whole is somewhat sparse.

You can access the list of Point Breaks hotels that you can find also below by going priorityclub.com/pointbreaks.

My tips booking Point Breaks hotels:

1. Book NOW if you see something that you can use. Hotels often drop off the list soon.

2. Make separate bookings for each night of your stay. If you later need to drop off dates, this will allow you to do that.

Here’s the complete list of Point Breaks hotels that is valid until January 31, 2013.

Europe

BELGIUM
HOLIDAY INN GENT – EXPO

CZECH REPUBLIC
HOLIDAY INN PRAGUE AIRPORT

FINLAND
HOLIDAY INN TAMPERE

FRANCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MARSEILLE – PROVENCE AIRPORT

GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS COLOGNE – MUELHEIM

PORTUGAL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LISBON – OEIRAS

SPAIN
HOLIDAY INN ELCHE

UNITED KINGDOM
HOLIDAY INN GARDEN COURT A1 SANDY – BEDFORD
HOLIDAY INN CORBY – KETTERING A43

Africa

There are currently no properties available for this region.

Middle East

SAUDI ARABIA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL AL KHOBAR

JORDAN
HOLIDAY INN RESORT DEAD SEA

Asia

CHINA-PEOPLES REPUBLIC
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL TIANJIN BINHAI
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL XIANGYANG
HOLIDAY INN SHENYANG ZHONGSHAN
HOLIDAY INN HANGZHOU THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE

TAIWAN

HOLIDAY INN EAST TAIPEI

PHILIPPINES

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL MANILA GALLERIA

INDONESIA

INTERCONTINENTAL JAKARTA MIDPLAZA

Mexico

HOLIDAY INN SALAMANCA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES QUERETARO
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL NUEVO LAREDO

Canada

QUEBEC
HOLIDAY INN LAVAL – MONTREAL

ONTARIO
HOTEL INDIGO TORONTO AIRPORT

Oceania

FIJI ISLANDS
HOLIDAY INN SUVA

Central & South America

BRAZIL
HOLIDAY INN PORTO ALEGRE

COSTA RICA
HOTEL INDIGO SAN JOSE FORUM COSTA RICA

United States

Click on the location below to make a reservation:

ALABAMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ENTERPRISE

ARKANSAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES JONESBORO

ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN PHOENIX-WEST

CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BRENTWOOD
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ROCKLIN – ROSEVILLE AREA

COLORADO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES PARACHUTE

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ARCADIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SEBRING

GEORGIA
HOLIDAY INN BRUNSWICK I-95 (EXIT 38)
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ATLANTA

ILLINOIS
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHICAGO-NORTHBROOK

INDIANA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES CRAWFORDSVILLE

KANSAS
STAYBRIDGE SUITES WICHITA

KENTUCKY
CANDLEWOOD SUITES RADCLIFF – FORT KNOX

MARYLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PRINCE FREDERICK

NEW JERSEY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CARNEYS POINT NJ TRNPK EXIT 1

NEW MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PORTALES

NEW YORK
HOLIDAY INN GRAND ISLAND (BUFFALO/NIAGARA)
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SYRACUSE-AIRPORT

OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CINCINNATI NORTHEAST-MILFORD

OKLAHOMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES OWASSO

PENNSYLVANIA
HOLIDAY INN WARREN (KINZUA DAM-ALLEGHENY)

SOUTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ANDERSON-I-85 (EXIT 27-HWY 81)

TENNESSEE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES KNOXVILLE OAK RIDGE

TEXAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BEAUMONT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MEXIA

VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS RICHMOND AIRPORT

WISCONSIN
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

Conclusion

The InterContinental Jakarta is a solid property and has been on the Point Breaks list before. I have spent about a week there this fall on paid stays. The Royal Ambassador treatment is very good. Not sure about the benefits that they give out on award stays. I haven’t written a piece about this property yet, but I have uploaded a YouTube video that you can access here.

The Holiday Inn Suva is already a very good for a Holiday Inn and is right in the city center. I was there for a night in February and wrote a piece about it.

Remember to make your bookings NOW, if any of these hotels fit your travel plan. More popular hotels will drop off from the list normally within a day or two.

Holiday Inn 60th Anniversary Offer for UK

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Holiday Inn brand turned 60 this year and to celebrate this milestone there is a specific offer for the UK market. For stays between December 1 and February 10, you can get 2 nights for the price of 1, room upgrade and a late check out. You need to book this offer by December 19 and it is valid weekends (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) and midweek at some hotels. You can access this offer here.

This post has been edited to reflect the fact that the rate shown is an average daily rate for the two nights

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The rate code of this offer is IDUKI.

Here’s how to book it

Just go to the promotional page or click the hotel name on the list below. Choose a two night weekend stay during the promotional period. If the hotel has loaded availability, it should come up automatically.

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The Holiday Inn London Mayfair had a rate of 189 GBP using this rate for a weekend in January. Note that you pay this amount for the first night and the second night is complimentary.  The rate that is displayed is the rate averaged out for two nights. There are some other conditions attached to this rate such as you have to book it at least 7 days in advance, for two nights, and it is prepaid/non-refundable.

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The regular advance saver rate for the same dates is 139 GBP per night.

Conclusion

This promotion seems to return a good rate for the Holiday Day Inn hotel in Mayfair.

If you have travel booked for the UK during this time period, you probably should check the availability of the hotels in this sale list and the rates offered under this Holiday Inn 60th Anniversary offer.

The offer is valid at following hotels:

North

Bolton Centre

Chester-South

Doncaster A1 (M), Jct.36

Ellesmere Port/ Cheshire Oaks

Harrogate

Haydock M6, Jct.23

Hull Marina

Lancaster

Leeds – Bradford

Leeds-Brighouse

Leeds – Garforth

Leeds-Wakefield M1, Jct.40

Lincoln

Manchester Airport

Manchester – Mediacityuk

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Preston

Rotherham – Sheffield

Runcorn

Warrington

Washington

York

Midlands and East Anglia

A1 Sandy – Bedford

Birmingham – Bromsgrove

Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham M6, Jct.7

Cambridge Uk

Corby – Kettering A43

Coventry M6, Jct.2

Coventry South

Derby-Nottingham M1, Jct.25

Ipswich

Ipswich – Orwell

Leicester

Northampton West M1, J16

Norwich

Norwich City

Norwich – North

Nottingham

Peterborough – West

Rugby-Northampton M1, Jct.18

Solihull

Stoke On Trent M6, Jct.15

Stratford Upon Avon

Walsall

South

Ashford-Central

Ashford-North

Aylesbury

Basingstoke

Basildon

Brentwood M25, Jct.28

Brighton – Seafront

Colchester

Fareham-Solent

Farnborough

Guildford

Hemel Hempstead M1, Jct.8

High Wycombe M40, Jct.4

Leamington Spa – Warwick

Luton-South M1, Jct.9

Maidenhead / Windsor

Maidstone-Sevenoaks

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes East M1, J14

Oxford

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Reading

Reading South

Reading West

Rochester-Chatham

Slough – Windsor

Southampton

Southampton-Eastleigh M3, Jct.13

Southend

Stevenage

Woking

London

London-Bexley

London-Bloomsbury

London-Brent Cross

London-Commercial Road

London-Gatwick Airport

London-Gatwick Worth

London – Heathrow

London-Heathrow Ariel

London-Heathrow M4, Jct.4

London-Kensington Forum

London-Kings Cross Bloomsbury

London-Mayfair

London-Regent’S Park

London – Shepperton

London – Stratford City

London-Sutton

West

Bristol Airport

Bristol City Centre

Bristol Filton

Gloucester-Cheltenham

Swindon

Taunton M5, Jct.25

Northern Ireland and Wales

Belfast

Cardiff City Centre

Newport

Scotland

Edinburgh

Edinburgh City West

Glasgow Airport

Glasgow – City Ctr Theatreland

Glasgow – East Kilbride

 Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer valid from 09 November 2012 to 19 December 2012 inclusively. The offer is available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with some mid-week availability,(where available such mid-week rates will be shown online, or notified to customer at the time of booking) for room nights consumed between 1 December 2012 and 10 February 2013. Guests will receive a second night for free at the participating hotel with which they book when booking one night’s stay there during the promotional period. Guests will also benefit from late check out and a free upgrade where available. Offer is per night for minimum and maximum of two consecutive nights based on two adults sharing standard twin/double room, on a room only basis, bookings for individuals will be charged at the same rate.Up to two children under the age of 18 as at the date of booking can stay in the room at no extra cost when sharing with up to two adults if suitable accommodation is available, subject to the sole discretion of the hotel and the hotel being notified at the time of booking. Full payment is required at time of booking and is non-refundable. Offer is subject to availability at participating hotels.Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%. Blackout dates (days when the offers are not available) may apply in some hotels. Any unused components of an offer are non-refundable and cannot be redeemed in cash. Offer valid in the UK only at selected Holiday Inn hotels and not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion. Promoter InterContinental Hotels Group, Broadwater Park, Denham UB9 5HR

December Hotel Promotions Update

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The year is soon coming to an end and most of the hotel related promotions will end by December 31. Hyatt doesn’t have any promotion going on this month and the situation is same with Choice. I will have an updated post about top promotions for December tomorrow.

Accor Hotels – Le Club

Club Carlson is offering 30% discount on Best Available rates in Middle East & Asia + Breakfast & 1000 bonus Le Club Accorhotels points in the Middle East for Qatar Airways frequent fliers (don’t have to be Qatar member).

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Le Club Accorhotels Offer of 30% Discount in Middle East & Asia + Breakfast & 1000 Bonus Points in Middle East

Accor has an offer for 2000 bonus Avios for a stay of 2 days or longer between October 1 and January 31, 2012 that is booked by December 31, 2012.

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Le Club Accorhotels Bonus Offer for 2000 Avios for a Stay of 2 Nights or Longer

You can get instant Platinum status with Le Club Accorhotels just by signing up to the program.

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts

Best Western Rewards

Best Western is offering 1000 bonus points per night for up to 4 nights in California, Nevada, and Hawaii by January 31, 2013.

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Best Western Rewards Winter Promo of 1000 Bonus Points Per Night in California, Nevada & Hawaii

Best Western is offering 250 bonus points for each stay booked on their website and consumed by June 30, 2013.

Best Western Online Bookings Bonus of 250 Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Club Carlson has a global “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points” promotion for up to 120K bonus points for 20 nights. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Club Carlson 4th Quarter Bonus Point Promotion “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points”

You can get triple points + 2000 bonus points by booking a breakfast package. This promotion is valid until December 31st, 2012 at selected Radisson & Radisson Blu locations.

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Book Breakfast Package Rate & Get Triple Gold Points at Select Radisson & Radisson Blu Hotels

Club Carlson has interesting promotion for 40% off of Bed & Breakfast rate + 5000 bonus points for select Park Plaza &art’otel stays in Europe. Registration is not required but you need to book specific rate plan. This offer is valid for stays between December 15 and March 31 that are booked by February 28, 2013.

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Park Plaza 40% Off + 5000 Bonus Club Carlson Points

Club Carlson has a 50% off redemption promo for select properties in Europe, Middle East & Africa + 1 property in Beijing as well. This offer is valid until March 31, 2013.

Club Carlson 50% Award Discount in Europe, Middle East & Africa + One Hotel in Beijing

You can get double Gold Points for stays of two days or longer at select properties in Europe, Middle East & Africa. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Double Points for Stays of Two Days or Longer at Select Club Carlson Properties in EMEA

You can get triple American Airline miles (1500) for Radisson/Radisson Blu stays worldwide until December 20th, 2012.

Triple American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Radisson/Radisson Blu Stays

Club Carlson is offering award at 50% off at select hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa. This offer is valid until March 31, 2013.

50% Off Award Sale at Select Club Carlson Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Here are few other interesting posts about the Club Carlson program:

There is an elite offer for 2 for 1 and 4 for 2. You need to be a Gold or Concierge member to take advantage of these discounts that are valid in Europe, Middle East Africa.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 2 Pay 1

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 4 Pay 2

You can get a Club Carlson Gold through a status match or being a shareholder:

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

If you have a friend or family member working for any Carlson hotel, you maybe eligible for the Friends & family discount:

Carlson Hotels Friends & Family Discount

Choice Privileges – Choice Hotels

There are no global Choice promotions at the moment.

Fairmont – President’s Club

You can earn up to 2000 Avios (British Airways & Iberia)  until December 31, 2012. The normal number of miles earned per stay is 500. This offer applies to Swissotel & Raffles hotels as well.

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Up to 2000 Avios at Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel Hotels

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s chainwide 4th quarter “1,000 Reasons” promotion is valid for stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012. You will get 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points per night for Thursday to Monday nights.

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Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Promotion Registration Now Open

Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Bonus Points Promotion for November – December

Hilton offers number of airline related bonus offers in the 4th quarter of 2012. I have summarized them all in one post.

Hilton HHonors: Third Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

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Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available at select hotels.

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250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

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Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Hilton is offering triple miles for number of Asian airlines frequent flier members. They have variation of the offer for Thai, Singapore, Korean, Asiana, Malaysia, and Cathay Pacific.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Triple Korean Air Skypass Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Cathay Pacific Asia Miles with Hilton HHonors

Triple Jet Airways & Kingfisher Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Triple Air China, China Eastern & Hainan Miles for Stays at Hilton Properties Worldwide

You can earn 6000 bonus Alitalia MileMiglia miles for four Hilton stays by January 31, 2013

Up to 6000 Bonus Alitalia Miles for Four Hilton Stays

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Hilton has a special “Be Yourself” package for Conrad resorts. Gold/Diamond members will receive 5000 bonus points per stay.

Conrad Hotels “Be Yourself” Offer of Breakfast/Room Upgrade or 5000 Bonus Points

Hilton is offering instant Gold status until 2014 and bonus points/miles for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin American frequent fliers. This offer is targeted.

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status Until March 2014 for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America Frequent Fliers + Bonus Points & Miles (Targeted?)

Here are some other important posts:

The double dip options are somewhat difficult to understand. I have written an article about them:

Hilton HHonors Double Dipping – Earning Hilton Points and Airlines Miles

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

It can make sense to use Virgin Atlantic as Double Dip partner and then transfer the miles back to Hilton. You can read more about this here:

Hilton HHonors Double Dip Strategy with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt doesn’t have a global promotion at this time.

Here are couple of other important posts:

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

Sometimes it makes sense to use Hyatt Stay Certificate instead of paying. You can read about more of them here:

Hyatt Stay Certificates – Way to Save Money On Hyatt Stays

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here and what you can expect to earn for your first stay if you sign up for an account here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

You can get up to 20% cashback for your IHG Group of hotels stay.

Up to 20% Cashback Rebate for InterContinental Hotel Group Stays

There is an interesting “Roles To Rooms’ promotion for total of 15K bonus points for four stays. This promotion appears to be geographically targeted to Asia Pacific region.

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Priority Club “Roles to Rooms” Promotion: 15000 Bonus Points for Four Stays

Here’s an update about the “Roles to Room” promotion:

Priority Club “Roles To Rooms” Promotion Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Here’s second update about this promotion:

Priority Club “Roles to Room” Promotion Second Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Priority Club Candlewood & Staybridge Suites Promotion for 5000 Bonus Points

You can get 5000 bonus Priority Cub points for staying two consecutive nights at Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property in the United States by December 30th, 2012.

Holiday Inn Resorts Winter Break Offer of Free Night Certificate After Two Night Stay

You can earn a free night certificate for staying two nights at select  Holiday Inn Resort locations. This offer is valid until February 28, 2013.

Triple Priority Club Points in Spain & Portugal – Need to Book IKTB2 Rate

Triple points for stays at select properties in the Iberian peninsula. Valid until the end of December.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

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These are valid from October 1st to December 31st, 2012. You should sign up for 5K, 10K or 15K variation of this offer depending how many IHG nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

Priority Club has a bonus offer for Meeting Planners that book a qualified meeting by February 28, 2013 for January 1 to March 31, 2013.

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Priority Club “50 Meetings” Meeting Planner Bonus of 50K Bonus Points for San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York

Priority Club “Sweetheart Deal” $100 Visa Prepaid Debit Card for Each 3 Night Stay within 90 Day of Wedding

Priority Club is offering a $100 rebate for every stay of 3 nights or longer within 90 days of your wedding, This promotion is valid until the end of 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Priority Club Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

Not sure what is going on with this promotion, but you can try to see if it works for you.

Install (Not Required) Priority Club Shopping Toolbar & Get 300 Points

You can get easy 300 points by installing a Priority Club shopping toolbar.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register. You need to have the email address associated with the Priority Club OR the Priority Club account number available AND the four digit code associated with the promotion.

Priority Club Canada Stay Offer of 1000 Points for a Stay

You can earn 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102 – 1000 Bonus Points

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108 – 1000 Bonus Points

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221 – 3000 Bonus Points

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 7489 – 3000 Bonus Points NEW

This is another 3000 bonus points for an elite member. It posts for sure if you are Platinum but might work for a Gold account as well. You need to do the stay within 90 days of registering for this offer.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120 – 1500 Bonus Points

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107 – 1500 Bonus Points

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109 – 1500 Bonus Points

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136 – 5000 Bonus Points

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while. This promotion can be done several times.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168 – 5000 Bonus Points

You need to be a Priority Club Gold or lower member and do the required number of stays to get the Platinum status + bonus points.

We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

Marriott Rewards

Marriott has their usual fall MegaBonus starting on September 15th and ends on January 15th 2013. You need, however, register for the promotion by October 31st, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

Here are three other posts about Marriott Rewards:

You can get bonus Marriott Rewards points, Southwest Rapid Rewards points or United miles for Marriott Gift card purchases.

Marriott Gift Card Bonus Offer – 10 Points per Each Dollar Loaded

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for Marriott Gift Card Purchases

5000 United Miles for 1000 USD Marriott Gift Card Purchase

Get 10% More + 5% cashback for your Marriott gift card purchase.

10% Bonus + 5% Cashback for Buying Marriott Gift Cards

Marriott is offering a category 1 to 5 free night certificate for new members in Spain that sign up to the program and have one stays by January 31, 2013.

Marriott Rewards Joining Offer For Spain: Free Night Certificate (Category 1 to 5) After Paid Night

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Status Match Silver, Gold & Platinum – Taste of Silver, Gold or Platinum

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

There are no current Ritz-Carlton Rewards promotions.

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood’s next promotion Better By The Night began on October 1st and ends on December 20th, 2012. You will receive double Starpoints for stays of 1 to 2 nights and triple points for stays of 3 nights or longer.

You can take advantage of four different promotions during this period. I have revisited the promotion after the bonus for FourSquare check ins was introduced.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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SPG Better By The Night Autumn 2012 Promotion for Double or Triple Starpoints

You can get 500 bonus points for booking made on the iPhone SPG app or 250 points for bookings made on spg.com.

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SPG Better By The Night Online & iPhone Booking Bonuses

You can now get 500 bonus points for making the booking using the SPG Android app just like if you had done it using the iPhone one.

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

You can get another 250 bonus points for FourSquare check ins during the promotional period.

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SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

Starwood has a promotion with Air Canada’s Aeroplan for maximum of 8000 bonus miles. This is in addition to the Starpoints that you earn. Promotion is valid from September 10 to December 9, 2012.

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wilde Horse Pass have exciting bonus points opportunity. Stay once at both properties and earn 10000 bonus Starpoints.

Stay at Westin Kierland & Sheraton Wild Horse Pass for 10000 Bonus Starpoints

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood has been offering bonus points or free night certificate for new accounts that haven’t had stays

SPG Bonus Beginnings: 3K Bonus Starpoints or Free Night Award

Starwood has a Redeem & Rewards promotion for  30% to 50% discount on the number of points needed for a free night at 21 of their properties in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You need to register by November 30, 2012.

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SPG Redeem & Reward Promotion: Save 30% to 50% of Starpoints Required for an Award

Starwood has a rate promotion for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore that is valid for stays until February 28 that are booked by December 20, 2012.

SPG Step Into Paradise Rate Promotion: 50% Off (Maybe) for Stays in Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore

Here’s a post about Starwood status match opportunity:

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham is offering 1000 bonus points per stay at select location in the United States, Canada, Mexico The Caribbean, and one property in the Netherlands. This offer is valid until January 31, 2013.

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Wyndham Rewards Bonus Offer of 1000 Points at Select Locations

Wyndham’s promotion for 16K bonus points for a stay at any one of their 20 new properties in the United States has returned. You can earn this bonus maximum of 3 times. The promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Wyndham Opening Special (Rerun) – 16000 Bonus Points per Stay for Up To 3 Stays

Conclusion

Marriott’s promo required registration by October 31, Starwood’s promotion by November 30, Hyatt doesn’t have any promotion for this month etc. It is somewhat slim pickings this month when it comes to good hotel promotions.

Priority Club Gold & Platinum Benefits Upgrade in Greater China

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Priority Club has started to offer greater benefits for Gold and Platinum members and a free drink for just being a member in Greater China; China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. You can access this benefit change page here.

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These extended benefits have been valid from November 1 and the free internet benefit is applicable from January 1, 2013.

Club Member:

-Welcome drink

Gold Member:

-Welcome drink
-15% off difference in room rates to upgrade to Club Floor or suites (Club Lounge access when upgrading to Club Floor)
-Free in-room Internet access (available from 1 January 2013)

Platinum Member:

-Welcome drink
-Free upgrade to next room category
-30% off difference in room rates to upgrade to Club Floor or suites (Club Lounge access when upgrading to Club Floor)
-In-room amenity
-Free in-room Internet access (available from 1 January 2013)

Most of the western chains in China have already offered more than what is the absolute minimum required by the brand due to competitive reasons. It is good that Priority Club is now making these benefits confirmed, but I would like to see them extended for other countries as well.

The Platinum benefit is a one category upgrade from a booked room/suite but it is not confirmed and it is based on availability at check in. Most of the hotels tend to upgrade their top tier members by more than one category.

It is disappointing that the club access, where club is available, and/or breakfast is still not a benefit of Priority Club Platinum status. InterContinental Hotels Group should really fix this.

Conclusion

It is good to see Priority Club making some efforts to match what other chains are already offering. They should make these + club access and/or breakfast benefit chainwide for Platinum members.

Here are the terms and conditions of these benefits:

  • Free Internet service will be provided to ALL Priority Club® Rewards Gold and Platinum members starting from 1 January 2013.
  • A maximum of 4 devices may connect to the free Internet service in each guest room.
  • Until further notice, the free Internet service DOES NOT include the Premium Internet services currently provided in hotels located in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
  • ONLY Priority Club® Rewards Platinum members are entitled to the room upgrade.
  • Holiday Inn Express hotels are excluded from this upgrade offer.
  • The room upgrade is defined as to the NEXT room category based on member’s reserved room category.
  • The room upgrade is ONLY offered upon check-in based on room availability.
  • The room upgrade is ONLY applicable to member’s own room and not transferrable.
  • The room upgrade will not be offered if the Platinum member is not physically present.
  • The room upgrade does not apply to member’s reward night stays.
  • If the next room category is Club Floor room, then the Club Floor benefits will also apply to the current stay.
  • Discount on the Club/Suite Up-sell programme may be offered to any Elite member at check in: 30% discount for Platinum members and 15% discount for Gold members.
  • The discount is based on the original room type booked.
  • The Presidential Suite or equivalent highest room category (and Executive Suite at the InterContinental Hong Kong) is excluded from the Platinum Elite upgrade offer.
  • Welcome drinks are defined as soft drinks, local beer and house wines. Spirits or cocktails are not included.
  • The individual hotel reserves the right to decide on what in-room amenity to provide out of 4 items.

Change is Coming to How Priority Club Points Are Calculated Towards Gold and Platinum Status

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Priority Club is changing how the base points are calculated towards Gold or Platinum status. Currently, all the points earned through various promotions and buying points have counted towards the 20K requirement for Gold and 60K requirement for Platinum status.

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FlyerTalk member had found the change listed on the terms and conditions on the Chinese Priority Club website and other member provided a translation of the text:

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Starting from 1st January 2013, PCR points will be divided into two categories: status points and non-status points. This is to better clarify the threshold for Gold and Platinum memberships. The status points will include qualifying room rate and partner points from qualifying activities. The qualifying room rate also include: flexible room rate, corporate rate, GDS corporate rate, state/regional/local government negotiated rate and special leisure rate confirmed in HOLIDEX Plus system assigned by IHG. Non-status points will include: promotional points, points voucher, point purchase, point transfer and point deposit.

This is really a huge change. Priority Club will start tracking status points and non-status points. Right now, you have been able to completely buy the Platinum status by buying Priority Club points or having the status in just 7 or so stays as I recently documented.

You can still buy the Gold status for $50 and it also comes part of the Ambassador status as well. You can get Gold/Platinum status with the Priority Club by just paying an annual fee for their Chase branded credit card in the US and there is a similar offer for UK as well. Royal Ambassador members will also receive an automatic Platinum status with Priority Club and this has also applied to referred members.

The current requirements for Priority Club elite statuses are:

Gold – 15 nights or 20000 points from all sources

Platinum – 50 nights or 60000 points from all sources

Conclusion

If you are few thousand points short of the Priority Club Platinum status, it may make sense trying to hit the Platinum this year. The status would be valid all the way to 2014.

The problem with the Priority Club is the very inconsistent elite benefits that come with the status i.e. internet access, club upgrades and breakfasts are not part of the status benefits even at Platinum level. If they are doing this change, that they apparently are, they should spice up the benefits considerably.

Holiday Inn Resorts Winter Break Offer of Free Night Certificate After Two Night Stay

Holiday Inn Resorts have stated a Winter Break Promotion for a free night certificate after two night stay. The offer is valid for stays between November 23 and February 28, 2013. You need to register for this offer here or you can use priority.com/register and use promotional code 7842. This promotion sounds nice but the terms and conditions really kill it.

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After you register for the promotion, you will receive an email confirming the registration and you can check the status of the offer on My Offer Status tab on Priority Club’s website.

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Here’s the list of participating properties:

Holiday Inn® Waikiki Beachcomber Resort
Holiday Inn Resort® Aruba
Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All Inclusive
Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco
Holiday Inn Resort Puerto Vallarta
Holiday Inn Resort Castle I-Drive
Holiday Inn Resort Daytona Beach Oceanfront
Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
Holiday Inn Resort Wilmington E-Wrightsville Bch
Holiday Inn Resort Lake George-Turf
The Lodge at Eagle Crest, a Holiday Inn Resort
The Lodge at Running Y Ranch, a Holiday Inn Resort
The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Galveston-On the Beach

When you have look at the terms and conditions of this promotion and how you can redeem the free night, you may found out all the hurdles and inconveniences you need to go through:

  1. The “free” night is only applicable for 2 night stay that you need to book using a dedicated phone number. You lose the cashback on the paid night that you could have earned using one of the cashback portals.
  2. You need to request the use of the free night at least 45 days in advance of your stay.
  3. The rate you need to book in conjunction of the free nights is Advance Purchase.
  4. You need to claim the award on specific website within 30 days after receiving an email that you have earned it but after claiming have one year to use it.
  5. The maximum value of the free night is capped at $400 and is used for the least expensive night.

There is special option for the Holiday Inn Waikiki. Two night stay at this property earns you two free nights at the same property for up to a maximum value of $600. Not sure if you need to book a four night stays to be eligible for the two nights. Most likely, I guess.

Conclusion

If all the nights are same value, the value of this award is basically 25% off. You have to pay for total of 3 nights to get one “free”. This promotion first sounds much better than it actually is.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  1. Offer is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., including DC.
  2. You must register your Priority Club® Rewards Number in advance of your two night stay at www.holidayinnresorts.com/freenight and your stay must be completed between November 23, 2012 and February 28, 2013 to be eligible for free night Award. If you are not already a Priority Club Rewards member you may join for free at www.priorityclub.com. A stay is defined as two consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Qualifying Room Rates do not include the following reduced room rates: net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, Priority Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, complimentary hotel stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate. Also excluded are opaque rates and “name your own price” rates (where hotel name, location and/or rate not visible until after booking is submitted).
  3. You must claim your Winter Break Promotion Award (“Award”) online within 30 days of receipt of the Award email at www.activateaward.com before using it (“Award Registration”). Only the person who initially received the Award can claim it and redeem it and must be the traveler. A toll free number to make Award travel reservations will be provided upon Award Registration. Award travel reservations must be made through this number.
  4. Award travel must be completed within one (1) year of Award Registration.
  5. Questions regarding the promotion may be emailed to support@otbterms.com
  6. Your Award may be redeemed for a single free hotel night at any Holiday Inn Resort location in North America, excluding the Waikiki Beachcomber, up to a maximum value of $400. For a list of eligible resorts visit: www.HolidayInnResorts.com. If you stay at the Waikiki Beachcomer property for two (2) consecutive nights, you will be eligible for two (2) free nights, up to a maximum value of $600, for redemption for another stay at the Waikiki Beachcomer property, using the same process as described herein.
  7. Stays to utilize the Award must be a minimum of two consecutive nights, and the Award’s value will be used to cover the cost of the night(s) with the lowest cost. The Award’s value will be applied to a standard room. If you wish to stay in a higher category room you may apply the Award’s value to that room’s cost by paying the difference in rate.
  8. Awards redeemed for stays in Hawaii require the purchase of airfare to Hawaii. Airfare and the hotel nights must be booked at the same time.
  9. Room inventory is subject to the availability of IHG’s Advance Purchase Rate. Blackout dates may apply.
  10. Full payment of any amount beyond the value covered by the Award must be made at the time of booking using a major credit card.
  11. All Award travel must be booked through ATG (CST# 2001330-10 and Florida Seller of Travel Registration #35395, and Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No. 240000054), using the toll-free phone number provided upon Award Registration.
  12. Travel must be booked at least 45 days in advance of departure.
  13. The office that will book your travel is open from 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday, and closed on holidays. Please consider the hours of operation when booking your travel. You may need to call more than 45 days in advance of departure to reach an agent during business hours.
  14. This offer is subject to the availability of hotel and airline inventory at the time of reservation, so the farther in advance you can make your travel plans the easier it will be to accommodate your specific preferences.
  15. Travelers are subject to all rules and regulations of the issuing airline and/or hotel property, including but not limited to refunds, exchanges, cancellations or changes of itinerary. The names of the travelers cannot be changed. Changes or cancellations to the original booking may be subject to additional fees charged by the airline or hotel. Changes and/or cancellations to the original booking must be made through ATG. If changes are made directly with the hotel or airline, the Award will be voided and the discount may be charged back to the purchaser’s credit card.
  16. Only one Award can be redeemed per trip. This Award cannot be combined with any other promotional program.
  17. ATG has no control over schedule changes, cancelled or oversold flights. Remedies for these situations are at the discretion of the validating carrier and subject to federal regulations.
  18. ATG has final authority on all ticketing, pricing, and availability decisions.
  19. Only one award may be redeemed per trip per household. Multiple awards may not be used for guests in the same party.
  20. Terms and conditions are subject to change. For complete, up-to-date information, please go to www.holidayinnresorts.com/freenight

Priority Club Canada Stay Offer of 1000 Points for a Stay

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Priority Club has a 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. You can register for this promotion using a promotional code 7620 and your email address or Priority Club account number at priority.com/register.

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Please note that this promotion doesn’t show up on your “My Offer Status” tab on Priority Club’s website, although you do get confirmation email, but the bonus points did post to a stay that I had in Canada last week.

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I do not have expiry date for this promotion. Let me know if it doesn’t post for a stay that you had in Canada after successfully registering.

Conclusion

This is a nice 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. It appears that this is one time bonus only, but I will update this post if it posts to my subsequent stay at IHG property here in Canada that I’ll have in couple of days.

As always you should contact Priority Club if this doesn’t post for you stay in Canada unless you received an email/post card about this offer or were informed about it by a IHG property in Canada.

Priority Club Promotions for a New Account

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Couple of months ago, I wrote about getting a Platinum status with priority Club for just seven stays. Most of these promotions are still going on.

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First you need to sign up for all the promotions that I have listed here and here. Make sure that you are not missing on the cashback that you can earn from your Priority Club stay. You can have a look at promotions that you have then signed up for by going to My Offer Status  tab on your Priority Club account. Note that sometimes all the applicable promotions are not shown here.

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Here’s what you can expect to get on your first stay, if you are new Priority Club member. You will get 3000 points for “elite member next stay bonus”, “1000 bonus points for 60 days” this is for every stay after 60 days registering for this promotion, “welcome back bonus” of 1500 points, “Next stay bonus” of 1500 points,  and “New member bonus” of 1500 points. Close to 10K points for the first stays

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Then we can fast forward to stay number four. Stay number 3 triggered Gold status that you can get at when you have earned 20K Priority Club points. This triggered two more bonuses that are only applicable if you have lest Gold status with Priority Club; the “Elite member next stay bonus”  of 3000 points and “Anniversary bonus offer” 1000 points that you will get for each of your stay for the next 90 days.

My stays that were in the Asia Pacific region were eligible for the Roles to Rooms promotion that gives bonuses on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stays for a total of 15K bonus points. The fourth stay above gave the last bonus of 7500 Priority Club points.

Conclusion

It is very easy to get Gold or Platinum status with Priority Club. On my example above, the Gold status was reached on 3rd stay. The number of points earned on the 7th stay, should be round 55K Priority Club points that is 5K points short off Platinum status.

Priority Club is the only program that counts all the points earned towards the status. Not just the points that you earn for the base spent, but all the promotional points as well.

You can then turn these earned points i.e. 60K points to 12 free nights at Priority Club hotels, including InterContinental hotels, when you find a property that fits you on the Point Breaks list.

Priority Club Buy or Gift Points 50% Bonus Offer

Priority Club just sent an email earlier today regarding their latest offer to buy or gift points. This offer is valid for a week from November 15 to November 22, 2012.

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This offer is valid for both buying and gifting of Priority Club points. Members can purchase 50,000 points and receive as gift 50,000 points during a calendar year. You can do both.

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The price of a point is dependent of the number of points you purchase. If you buy more than 26K points, the price of a point after the 50% bonus has been applied is 0.77 cents per point.

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Note that you can “purchase” Priority Club points year around at $70 per 10K points by doing a partial Points + Money award. You can substitute 10K Priority Club points for $70.

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Priority Club is essentially selling and depositing the 10K points to your account and then withdraws the full amount required for an award night. If you cancel the award reservation, you will receive the full amount back and Priority Clun doesn’t reverse the points purchase.

Historically points purchased through these offers, not through Points + Money, have also counted towards the Priority Club Gold or Platinum level status.

Conclusion

This is about the lowest that you are able to purchase Priority Club points during the sales and the points should count towards reaching the status as well.

Sometimes it makes sense to use points, even purchased, instead of paying the headline price.

Problem with the 4th Quarter Priority Club Stay-Bonuses

The quarterly Stay-bonuses are the bread and butter with the Priority Club. They have had them for years and they are always very predictably coming out every quarter.

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Now, there has been a slight problem for stays qualifying correctly for this promotion. My stays at the turn of the month (early October) did qualify correctly. Then, there was a 5 to 10 day period when they didn’t count for this promotion and after middle of October the stays were tracking correctly.

You can see what stays were applied towards this Stay-promotion by choosing “View Offer Activity Detail”. It will show the stays that were applied towards this promotion.

Conclusion

There are occasional hiccups with Priority Club promotions. If you were originally targeted for the promotion version that you signed up for and you wouldn’t qualify for the promotion otherwise, I would only then call and inquiry about this.

When you call Priority Club, they sometimes have a look at all activity on your account. Not just what you are calling about.

Up to 20% Cashback Rebate for InterContinental Hotel Group Stays

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InterContinental Hotels Group (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites & Candlewood Suites) tends to have the highest cashback rates of all the hotel chains. I recently wrote about getting cashback for your hotels stays and you can access the article here.

Now, they have even higher cashback rate that appears to be valid until November 30, 2012, although there is no guaranteed that it wouldn’t end up earlier. You don’t have to have your stays by that date, but rather make your reservations.

Getting cashback doesn’t affect the eligibility of the stay for Priority Club points and stay credits. Rates that are eligible are still even when you make the booking through a link from one of these web sites. They only take you to the InterContinental Hotels Group branded website to make the reservation. Make sure that you have also signed up for all the current Priority Club point promotions. I have listed them all here and here.

You can make InterContinental reservation on Holiday Inn branded site and vice versa, and still be eligible for the cashback bonus. I have done it several times as the InterContinental-branded booking site is horrendous.

Here are the cashback percentage rates for some of the sites at the present (Friday 2, 2012). The ShopAtHome site indicates that this offer would be valid until November 30, 2012.

ShopAtHome 20%

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ShopAtHome seems to have the highest payout ratio at the moment. Thing to note is that you need a minimum of $20 for them to send you a CHECK. Yes. Not possible to withdraw using PayPal. Only works for those with US address and bank account

Upromise 18%

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I have an Upromise account and used to use it a lot. You can actually get a check out of them, but you may have to request it by sending a letter. My withdrawal was about $2K few years ago (all from shopping bonuses) and I had to get my bank to verify my signature. This is only available for US addresses.

TopCashback 15%

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They have a both UK and US sites. They pay out using PayPal so you can use them regardless where you are located.

Mr.Rebates 15%

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I have used Mr.Rebates a lot lately. They dispose the cashback by PayPal.

Ebates 13.5%

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Ebates is rarely competitive nowadays, but I have used them a lot in the past. They pay by PayPal.

Fatwallet 12%

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This is another site that I used a lot years ago. Nowadays, their cashback rates are rarely competitive.

Quidco 7%

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They have the highest regular cashback rates and I use them when there are no other offers available. Quidco is based in the UK. Maybe the higher offer is only available through the US sites?

Conclusion

Although ShopAtHome offers the highest cashback rate at the moment, I will most likely continue using either Mr.Rebates or TopCashback. I am not huge fan of high payout requirements and mailing out physical checks.

Note that if you sign up for above mentioned programs using the link, LoyaltyLobby may receive a referral credit.

Top Hotel Promotions for November

The year is slowly coming to an end and we should start hearing about 1st quarter 2013 promotions later this month. Some of the current promotions expire at the end of November and some are valid right up to the new year.

I have already maxed out three of the following five promotions for this quarter. Still working on the Starwood and Club Carlson ones.

Yesterday, I made an updated post of hotel promotions for this quarter. Here are the five that I am taking advantage of and I think that you should too:

1. Marriott Rewards – Free night certificate after two stays for up to 3 certificates

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This is an excellent promo for free night certificates. Only drawback is the categories where they can be used (category 1 to 4). Very useful in the Asia/Middle East but not so in the Americas.

Please note that the registration for this promotion has ended. If you signed up for the promotion, you have until January 15, 2013 to complete the required stays. The free night certificates will post to your account.

Just pay attention that your Marriott stays actually post your account. I have one stay during the promotional period that hasn’t. I need to contact the Marriott customer service to have it posted and to get the last certificate.

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2. Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Promotion for 15K Bonus Miles

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Hilton apparently doesn’t have Hilton HHonors point promotion for this month, but you can make your own by taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic one. If you have FIVE stays at Hilton HHonors properties (no Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, or Home2 Suites), you will receive 15000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles in addition to 5000 base miles. You can transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles then to Hilton HHonors points and you will receive 40000 Hilton points for 20000 miles.

The bonus miles will post within a day or two after your stay has posted. It will take couple of weeks before they hit your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account. however. I have already maxed this promotion.

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3. Priority Club Promotions here and here

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There are number of promotions that you can always take advantage of. Some of these “unpublished” but I have listed them all here on LoyaltyLobby. I will do the Q4 stay promo combined with the Roles to Rooms. With other bonuses, I will earn in excess of 50K Priority Club points for 7 stays. You can do even better if you start with a “fresh” account. I have maxed this promotion already. You can also get up to 20% cashback that doesn’t affect eligibility to earn Priority Club points.

4. Starwood Better By the Night + IOS Bookings Bonus or Android Booking Bonus + Air Canada Aeroplan Bonus

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You can actually combine all these promotions. The Better By The Night is lackluster but ok when you make the hotel booking using SPG’s iPhone app for 500 extra points per stay. Starwood just launched their Android app and you can get 500 bonus points for making the booking using it as well. You can combine these two with the Aeroplan bonus of 5K miles for 5 stays.

You cannot “max” this promotion, but I am planning to do at leas the 5 stays to get the maximum number of Aeroplan miles.

5. Radisson Free Night Promo: Stay One Night, Get One Night

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You can get a free night award just for staying for a night by December 31, 2012 at any Radisson/Radisson Blu property in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The free night award is valid until December 31, 2013.

The registration for this promotion have now ended. You still have time to do the required stay by December 31, 2012.

Conclusion

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