Update on (Unintended?) Priority Club Point Specials


Yesterday, I wrote an article about 170 IHG properties that had gone down in point requirements prior to the January 18 date of award category reclassification.


I encouraged people to book the three InterContinental hotels that were on the list for just 15K per night. There was also another gem on the list just for 10K points per night – the Holiday Inn Sydney.

Priority Club 5000 Bonus Points Offers for InterContinental Hotels in Europe


There are number of InterContinental hotels in Europe that are offering 5000 bonus Priority Club points per stays when you book IKP50 rate plan. I have written about similar offers for European InterContinental hotels previously as well. These bonus points are currently availability until April 8, 2013, and you can access this offer here.


Normally, when you book one of these bonus point rates, you are not getting the points for free but rather paying a premium over the cheapest rate. Paying the bonus point rate makes “financial” sense when there are no discounted rates available as this rate plan is typically tied to the best flexible rate.

Priority Club Already Tweaking Award Requirements (Mistakes?)


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.

Update on Platinum Bonus Postings for Royal Ambassadors on InterContinental Stays

Two days ago, I wrote about some confusion about InterContinental Royal Ambassador members and whether they still qualified for Platinum bonus on InterContinental stays. I requested LoyaltyLobby readers to send me one screen shots about how their stays had posted since beginning of this year.

Seems that there really hasn’t been any change. All the feedback that I received confirmed that the Platinum bonus had properly been applied for their stays. Of course, there is always a possibility that there had been a glitch how Priority Club had awarded bonus points for the stays right after the new year.

Combinability of Priority Club’s Double Points or Miles Promotion & Stay-Bonuses

In the past, Priority Club’s “global” promotions have always been combinable with targeted stay bonuses. This, however, has now changed. The current promotion for Double Points or Miles cannot be combined with the Stay-bonuses that are both valid from January 7 to April 30, 2013.


I have written about the Double Points or Miles promotion that doesn’t have a public promotion code to sign up for, but is rather tied up for singing up for the program itself.

Priority Club One Time Bonus Offers for January (2013)


Just did a cleaning and went through all the one time bonuses that were valid for December, 2012, and found out that most of them are still valid.


You can register for these promotions at priorityclub.com/rewards/us/en/offers/promoreg. If you get an error message that the code is invalid, it only means that you have taken advantage of the offer previously and that your account is not eligible for it.

Has Priority Club Discontinued the Platinum Bonus for Royal Ambassadors on InterContinental Stays?

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Priority Club has gone through quite a few changes in the past month. Last year, the number of points earned for InterContinental stays within the Americas was changed from flat 2000 points per stay, regardless of number of nights or dollars spend, to 10 points per dollar. Elsewhere in the world the flat 2000 points per stay still applies.

I just saw some comments on FlyerTalk about Royal Ambassador members that had not received the Priority Club Platinum bonus for InterContinental stays and I decided to have a look at the issue.

Unfortunately, I won’t have paid stays at InterContinental hotels before February, so I asked a copy of account posting from a friend of mine that just completed one night stay at an InterContinental property in Asia.

Priority Club Double Points or Miles Between January 7 and April 30 (New Accounts Only?)


Priority Club is offering double points or miles worldwide for stays between January 7 and April 30, 2013, for new Priority Club members that sign up for the program. They will be automatically sign up for this program. You can access this promotion here.


There are options for collecting some retailer specific vouchers for members signing up in Europe. This offer is not available for members in the Greater China.

Priority Club Gold & Platinum Qualification on Steroids – Buy Bonus Points Packages


Priority Club changed on January 1st, what points activity qualifies for status renewal or qualification. Previously all points earned from various promotions and elite bonuses applied. From January 1st onwards, only specified activity qualifies towards elite qualifications.


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.

Bonus points packages to the rescue

Priority Club (InterContinental Hotels Group) Master Property List January 11, 2013


Priority Club is set to release their new award structure on January 18, 2013. You can book using old award levels, if the price of the free night have gone up, until march 18, 2013, by calling Priority Club Rewards service center.

Priority Club New Award Categories
Priority Club New Award Categories

Priority Club (InterContinental Hotels Group) has, however, refused to release a list of properties with their current and new award point levels.

January Hotel Promotions Update

January 2013 has kicked in and all the others have already launched their promotions besides Accor, Hyatt & Ritz-Carlton.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

Accor Hotels / Le Club Accorhotels

There are currently no global promotions for extra Le Club Accorhotels points.

You can get instants Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status:


Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts (and Old Ones Too)

Priority Club Awards – Master Property List Coming


Just wanted to give heads up for everyone that we have been working on a “Priority Club Awards – Master Property List” and it should be ready by tomorrow.


You can use this document to check against the new Priority Club property award categories that are going to be introduced on 18th of this month.

Response from Priority Club Regarding the Free Night Award Structure Change


Yesterday, I wrote about the changes that were coming to free night awards with Priority Club. They are introducing nine award categories and going away with bran dependent bands.

Priority Club New Award Categories
Priority Club New Award Categories

The new award categories are going into effect on January 18, 2013, but Priority Club will honor the old award levels, if they are lower, until Match 18, 2013. But, how can you find out the older award category, as Priority Club refuses to publish a list of properties moving in categories?

Summary of Pros and Cons of Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott & Starwood Preferred Guest


In the past month, I wrote extensive articles about the good and not so good things about Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest. I just went back and did some small changes to them based on the feedback that I have received and what else have come to my mind.


I got some requests to do similar write ups about some other programs  such as Le Club Accorhotels and Club Carlson. Unfortunately, I have not had nowhere near as many nights with these two chains as I have any of the above five of which I have spent anywhere between 300 to 700 nights each.

What do you especially LIKE or DISLIKE about any of these five hotel chains and/or their loyalty programs? Leave you comments below.

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