Priority Club: From Zero to Platinum on Seven Stays + 60K+ Points

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I have been advocating for long time for people to sign up for Priority Club and to take advantage of numerous promotions that they offer. Sometimes the response is that they don’t bother. Oh well. You can get the Platinum status so easily as Priority Club allows one to earn it entirely based on points. I don’t know anyone who would have earned it based on the number of night requirement.

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So, I just signed up a friend for the Priority Club and he earned 60K+ points for 7 stays. In all fairness, he signed up for the Ambassador program along the way and got 5K Priority Club points voucher, but at the same time he is missing one 7.5K bonus for Roles to Rooms promotion.

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Also, if he had signed for the Ambassador before having any stays, he would have earned more online booking bonuses.

Conclusion

Priority Club is very point rich program as long as you make sure that you take advantage of the all the promotions that I list here on LoyaltyLobby. You can access the latest bonuses here and here. Also, read my article about various Priority Club promotions and how they work.

Priority Club Candlewood & Staybridge Suites Promotion for 5000 Bonus Points

Priority Cub has launched a promotion to get people to try two of their extended stay brands; Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites.

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You will get 5000 bonus points for a two night consecutive stay at any Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property in the United States between now and December 30th, 2012. You will need to register for this promotion at prioritycub.com/register using promotional code 4997 prior the stay posts to your account.

Note that this promotion doesn’t conflict with the 4th quarter stay bonuses that were just introduced.

Conclusion

This is easy 5000 bonus points if you have a consecutive two stay coming at either Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property. The only downside is that this promotion only applies for stays in the United States.

My Priority Club Rebate Submission Problem

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Priority Club has been running very good promotions this year. I have written about two rebate promotions that they have had. One was for weekend stays and included a $75 rebate and the other one was for weekday stays for $50 rebate for a two night stay.

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I have done quite a few rebates in the past and, quite frankly, hate doing them. This is really why the companies love them. People take the rebates into account when they are making the purchase decision, but forget to follow up with the requirements later when it comes to time to submit them.

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In my case I maxed out the weekend promotion as I had four stays of two days or longer and I had one submission for the weekday promotion as well.  The total rebate amount is $350 so it was definitely worth spending some time filling out the forms and mailing out the required documents.

I had saved all the receipts for the hotel stays, but it took a while to find them all. I have quite a few hotel folios saved. I decided also to include copies of the reservations I had made.

Steps that I had to take:

1. Find the original confirmation email that I had registered for the promotion. Print one copy for each rebate submission.

2. Fill out the rebate forms and submit them online. Print out the forms.

3. Attach the hotel folio(s) and the reservation confirmation(s).

4. Make sure that you are attaching the right folios and rebate submissions.

5. Put them each of the rebate submissions to their own envelope.

6. Take them to the post office.

I was in Sao Paulo and it took about an hour to get all these ready. Luckily, I was able to use the laser printer at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo to print out the rebate forms and reservation emails. The post office was also nearby.

Quite frankly I wouldn’t have bothered with these rebates, but the fulfillment was done by a company called Parago/RebatesHQ. I knew from my previous experience with them that, if they mistakenly invalidate the rebate submission, a phone call or an email will get them to revalidate the submission as an one time courtesy.

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It took about two weeks for them to receive the submission and process them. I received an email confirmation that they had received and processed each of the rebates that I had submitted. They had invalidated four out of the five submissions that I had done. I wasn’t surprised about this at all.

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They had an option to chat over the web and I was able to get all the four submissions validated over one session. The person dealing with the issue was able to see that they had misprocessed the rebates. Now, I am only waiting for the “processing” period to end.

Conclusion

Rebate promotions are not my favorite ones, but you can save quite a bit by taking advantage of them. You just need to make sure that you are following the rebate rules by the letter and keep copies of all the documents submitted.

Often rebates come back as invalid for one reason or another. This is just part of the game. You need to call, email, or chat and have them to revalidate them.

Priority Club One Time Bonuses September 2012

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This is a monthly update of Priority Club one time promotions that are valid. These are all combinable with other promotions as long as they are not conflicting. If the code doesn’t work for you, you have signed up for the same or variant of the same promotion previously. You can read more about different Priority Club promotions here and about what you might expect to earn for a new account here.

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.

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 promotions is for Gold or Platinum members of Priority Club. 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. You need to be a Gold or Platinum member to be eligible for this bonus. 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

Not sure exactly how this works, but here’s the info about this offer: 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!

Conclusion

Make sure that you have signed up for the all above promotions. It is very easy to get thousands of extra Priority Club points for taking advantage of these numerous offers.

Priority Club Promotions for September 2012

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You really have to make sure that you have signed up for all numerous overlapping promotions that Priority Cub offers. Otherwise you are leaving points on the table.

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 or Asia Pacific. 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.

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

Complimentary Intercontinental Ambassador Status After Three InterContinental Nights

You can get complimentary InterContinental Ambassador status that normally costs $200 for staying 3 nights at InterContinental properties by the end of November

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 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and will end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know you can achieve

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 varation of this offer depending how many IHg nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

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.

Conclusion

Make sure that you have signed up for the all above promotions. The Roles to Rooms requires your address to be in the Asia Pacific in order to register. Otherwise you will receive an error message about invalid promotion code.

Priority Club Offering 40% Bonus on Purchased Points

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Priority Club just sent an email regarding a promotion for buying points. This offer is valid from September 13th to October 15th, 2012. You can buy maximum 50K Priority Club points and get a 20K bonus points for total of $575.

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This is not the cheapest way to purchase Priority Cub points, however. If you have some points sitting in your account, you can make a Points & Money award reservation and pay $70 for every 10K Priority Club points that you purchase. You can just later cancel the reservation and the points purchase transaction is not reversed.

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The only benefit of buying points through this offer is the fact that buying points have generally been elite qualifying. You can qualify for Priority Cub God or Platinum status by either staying certain number of nights or earning certain number of points.

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Conclusion

Buying points through this offer makes sense if you are few thousands points short of Gold or Platinum elite status in Priority Club rewards. Otherwise you should just do Points & money reservations and buy points for less money.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Price includes all applicable fees. Purchased Points are not refundable and are applicable toward all Priority Club® Rewards awards. Members may purchase a maximum of 50,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 50,000 points per year. Please allow 24-48 hours for miles to post to appear in the recipient’s account. All other Priority Club® Rewards Terms and Conditions apply.

*Offer available for purchases made between September 13 – October 15, 2012 inclusive. Bonus points will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. Bonus points will be awarded to the recipient of the points purchase. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only purchases made online are eligible for the bonus.

Priority Club Stay X Get Y Bonuses for 4rd Quarter – Up To 15K Bonus Points

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We now have the information and the codes for the 4th quarter 2012 Priority Club Stay-bonuses. As usually there are three different thresholds for 5000, 10000, or 15000 bonus Priority Club points. These are for stays from October 1st to December 31st, 2012.

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You should register for the 3, 7, or 15 night version of this promotion. Note that the bonuses are based on NIGHTS and not on STAYS. You can register at priorityclub.com/register. You need your Priority Club account number or the email address and the four digit promotion code below.

Please note that once you have registered for one of the variations of the promotion the selection cannot be changed. 

You can combine this promotion with other numerous promotions that the Priority Club has at the moment.

5502 = Stay 3 Nights – Get 5K Points

5503 = Stay 4 Nights – Get 5K Points

5504 = Stay 7 Nights – Get 10K Points

5505  = Stay 8 Nights- Get 10K Points

5506 = Stay 10 Nights – Get 10K Points

5507 = Stay 12 Nights – Get 10K Points

5508 = Stay 15 Nights – Get 15K Points

5509 = Stay 18 Nights – Get 15K Points

Conclusion

Priority Cub has these quarterly stay bonuses four times a year. Remember to sign up to the highest one that you are sure that you can achieve. You cannot change the selection after you have registered.

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

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On August 30th, I wrote about a new Priority Club promotion for 15K points for 4 stays. You can access the post here.

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The promotion is available to those that have their Priority Club account address in the Asia Pacific region. All others will receive a message about invalid promotion code. Also, the promotion doesn’t show up on “My Promotions” even when you have successfully registered.

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I can now confirm that if you successfully signed for the promotion and even if it doesn’t show up in your “My Promotions”, you will receive the bonus points. I just had couple of stays and the first set of bonus points (2500) posted after the second stay.

Conclusion

This is an excellent Priority Club promotion that you should sign up for. If your account address is not in the Asia pacific region, it would be worthwhile to change it there temporarily. I am sure that we all have someone in out extended circle of friends that is living in the region. Just ask if you can use their address temporarily.

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Complimentary Intercontinental Ambassador Status After Three InterContinental Nights

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InterContinental has had this same promo for the past few years. You will get an Ambassador status after three paid nights at InterContinental hotels (stays at any other InterContinental Hotels Group brand do not count). You need to register for this offer prior to your stay.

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You can register here by inputting an offer code 6487 along with your Priority Club number and/or email address. You need to have the three InterContinental nights by the end of November, 2012. You can read more about the InterContinental Ambassador status here and about the Royal Ambassador status here.

Please note that it appears that this offer doesn’t work for all Priority Club accounts. It might be geographically targeted or doesn’t work if you have taken advantage of similar offer previously and/or has been an Ambassador member.

Conclusion

This is a very good offer if you have three InterContinental nights coming up before the end of November and are not ready to pay $200 for Ambassador status.

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

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Priority Club is offering triple points at number of their properties in Spain and Portugal. You need to book a triple points rate code IKTB2 to be eligible for the bonus. This offer is valid from September 4 to December 31, 2012 but you need to make the booking by November 10. You can access this offer here.

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Here are three rate examples:

Holiday Inn Madrid

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Triple points rate is 165 euros per night when the hotel also has an advance purchase rate of 139.50 euros per night

Holiday Inn Express Alicante

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The triple points rate is the same as best flexible rate 45 euros. There are advance purchase rate for 40.50 euros available as well.

Holiday Inn Lisbon

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The Advance purchase rate is 120 euros and the triple points rate is 133.33 euros.

Conclusion

If the lowest rate that you are eligible for is very close to the triple points rate, then it makes sense to book the triple points one. Also, if you are very close to requalifying or making a Platinum status, all the points that you earn counts towards the 60K requirement.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of promotions that require you to book an inflated rate. These are normally targeted towards business travelers that can get their hotel bills reimbursed by clients/employer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion in French:

Les points ou les miles supplémentaires seront attribués à chaque séjour admissible dans un hôtel Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn® ou Holiday Inn Express® en Espagne ou au Portugal du 4 septembre au 31 décembre 2012 (« période de la promotion »). Pour obtenir le triple de points ou de miles, la réservation devra être effectuée avant le 10 novembre 2012. Les points supplémentaires seront octroyés et crédités sur les comptes de membres Priority Club Rewards dans les six semaines suivant la date de départ. Priority Club se réserve le droit de restreindre, suspendre, modifier ou substituer le programme Points ou miles supplémentaires à tout moment et sans préavis. Des hôtels de toute catégorie d’enseigne ou de destination peuvent être ajoutés ou supprimés pendant toute la période de la promotion. Un séjour correspond à une ou plusieurs nuits consécutives dans un même hôtel, quelle que soit la fréquence d’arrivée/de départ. Un séjour est admissible lorsqu’il est réglé à l’un des tarifs acceptés, ce qui inclut la plupart des tarifs affaires et loisirs.

Une seule chambre par membre et par nuit dans les hôtels participants sera prise en compte pour le cumul. Aucun point ou mile ne sera attribué de manière rétroactive pour les nuits précédant la période de la promotion. Offre soumise aux conditions générales et aux conditions générales d’adhésion au programme Priority Club Rewards.

Update on My InterContinental Royal Ambassador Renewal

Last week, I saw my InterContinental Royal Ambassador status renewed at much less nights than what is the “official” line from the Ambassador service center. I wrote a piece about it and thought that it might be a glitch. Coupel of years back there was huge number of Ambassador members elevated to Royal Ambassador status over the weekend only to find out that they had withdrawn it couple of days later.

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So, I sent an email to Ambassador service center at ambassador@igh.com asking for clarification on the issues on hand:

1. Line on my Priority Club account states Royal Ambassador renewal

2. Status had been downgraded to Platinum Ambassador on the same site

3. Royal Ambassador should have been valid until the end of September

4. InterContinental.com shows the status as Platinum Ambassador

I sent this email over the weekend and received the following reply back within 48 hours:

Thank you for taking the time to contact the InterContinental Ambassador Service Center.

Foremost, our apologies for the inconvenience this matter has caused.

We would like to take this opportunity to clarify that accounts of Royal Ambassador members are monitored at least two (2) months prior to its expiry date. In your case, your IC stay activity was monitored between the months of July-August 2012.

Please note however that consideration will be given for your stays in particular for the months of August towards September.

In this regard, we would like to confirm that due to your impressive InterContinental stay activity your Royal Ambassador status was reinstated and is now valid through 01 October 2013. Additionally, please allow for your membership portfolio to arrive within seven weeks.

We hope to have provided the necessary information. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at +44 (0) 870 400 9099/ 1-888-211-7996

Of course the email that I sent achieved the result that I had been seeking for. My Royal Ambassador status was extended until the end of September 2013. Obviously the original Royal Ambassador line on my Priority Club account history had been fluke. It is actually funny that they had now changed it to Ambassador Renewal and then another line for Royal Ambassador upgrade.

Conclusion

InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club is not known for their IT. It does work, however, for our advantage for most of the time as you can sign up for numerous concurrent promotions that are “officially” targeted.

Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For September

Priority Club just released a list of last minute rewards nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend. You can access the full list of hotels by following this link.

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These last minute rewards nights are offered at 50% discount of the usual number of points needed. This time they have 66 hotels on the list of which only one is InterContinental hotel. Most of the hotels on the lost this time are in the United States.

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Sometimes there are good values on the Last Minute Rewards list, but nothing really caught my eye this time around.

Conclusion

It is always good time to use points when a hotel is on the Last Minute Awards or Point Breaks list. This time the Last Minute Reward list is rather limited and only has one InterContinental hotel.

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InterContinental Hotels Group Friends & Family Program

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InterContinental Hotels Group (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Indigo, Candlewood Suites & Staybridge Suites) has their own rather public Friends Family program. I would only use this rate if I know someone working for the company, although there is public referral link available here.

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Here are few reasons why you shouldn’t be using this rate:

1. Doesn’t qualify for stay credit

2. The stay won’t earn points

3. Doesn’t qualify for other promotions i.e. prepaid gift cards

4. Shouldn’t earn cashback

5. Depending of the hotel is non-cancellable, non-changeable, and non-refundable

6. Priority or Ambassador benefits do not apply

7. The rate is not always very good

Due to the issues above, I would ONLY use this rate if the saving is really significant.

Now, we can have a look if there are savings to be had at number of properties using this offer:

Crowne Plaza Santiago de Chile

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You could save $23.10 by using the Friends & Family rate compared to lowest available public rate.

InterContinental Dubai Festival City

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The Friends & Family rate was not available for the lowest priced room but starts at the Club level rooms and then discounts suites as well. You could save 217 AED by using the F&F over the Advance Saver Rate.

InterContinental Singapore

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You could save 45 SGD by taking advantage of the F&F offer.

Conclusion

In all these instances the Friends & Family discount yielded savings over publicly available rates, but the discounts weren’t big enough FOR me that I would forego all the benefits. I am sure that there are instances where the savings are more significant than on my three examples.

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