Yesterday, I was browsing the PriorityClub website when a banner of 5000 bonus points for stays in Finland and Denmark came up. The terms and conditions also didn’t indicate that one would need to pay for any “inflated” price to get the points, as is often the case. I decided to look into this, because I was going to be in Helsinki next week.
IHG has been revamping their websites recently and often the links are broken. When you try to click any of the hotel specific links, you only get 404 error:
When you read the terms and conditions, it would indicate that any eligible rate is ok.
Terms & Conditions
Must be a Priority Club® Rewards member to participate. 5,000 bonus points will be awarded for any qualifying stay. Allow 4 weeks from stay for bonus points to be posted to your account. Miles earners will receive points. No bonus points will be awarded for stays prior to registration. Subject to availability. Offer valid on new bookings only, not applicable to groups and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or special promotions. Only one room per member will be awarded the applicable points. Rates may vary by date of booking. Offer valid from 1st December 2011 to 28th February 2012. Only available at participating hotels. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards terms and conditions.
So every rate is then eligible, right? Unfortunately this is not the case. If you hover your mouse over the hotel name, it then reveals a rate code IKP50. Just booking the hotel using any eligible rate won’t trigger the bonus. You have to book this specific IKP50 rate. But how can you do it when the link just returns a 404 error?
As I pointed out earlier, most of the rate specific links are right now broken. It makes you wonder, what kinds of folks IHG has doing their website revamp? Anyway, there is a way to “force” the correct rate code.
Now you have to add the rate code to the end of the following link:
On this case it should show as:
When you use the link above, you then need to choose the 5000 PCR Bonus Points Rate. On a random weekend in January the 5K bonus points rate is 100 euros. This is the same as the best available rate for the night.
If you use the best available rate search instead on the 5K bonus points one, it reveals an advance purchase rate of 90 euros for the same night.
There is availability on the Friends and Family rate of 103 euros but it books into a club room with associated benefits. Please note that the Friends and Family rate is not a qualifying one for any promotions.
Booking this promotional rate makes sense if:
1. The best available rate for the night is reasonable as the 5K bonus points rate is same
2. There are no lower advance purchase rates
3. Your company doesn’t have negotiate rate that you need to book
The value of 5000 Priority Club bonus points is capped at $0.006/point. I would value this 5K points as $30 discount off of the best available rate.
Often these bonus points rates are “bogus”. They require you to book an inflated rate that is far higher than the best available rate. It doesn’t happen to be the case here. For once the promo is real.