Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: IHG Rewards Club – Earning Points Gold/Platinum

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This is the third installment on Most Rewarding Loyalty Program-series. You can read my earning points take on Club Carlson (here), Hilton HHonors (here), and Hyatt Gold Passport (here).

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What we first need to do, is to establish the number of points that you earn on average per dollar spend taking into account elite amenity points, elite bonuses, and possible credit card tie-up.

Priority Club Thailand Rate Offer: Up To 30% Off, Breakfast, Late Checkout & Free Internet

Priority Club just sent out an email for a Thailand specific offer of up to 30% off, breakfast for two, late check out and complimentary internet access for bookings made using this offer for stays between April 15 and August 31, 2013. You can access this offer here.

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The rate code for this offer is IKTAS that shows as “Thailand All Smiles” when doing the rate search.

IHG Gone From The UK Cash Back Sites (Still Available On The US Ones)

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LoyaltyLobby reader alerted me about this disappearance of InterContinental Hotels Group from the UK based cash back sites such as TopCashBack (UK) & Quidco that have both ha IHG for a long time.

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The cash back still appears to be on the US based sites, however. Even the TopCashBack’s US websites has the cash back discount, when its UK based one doesn’t.

Priority Club One Time Bonus Offer (Mostly) Gone In 2013?

The beauty of IHG’s Priority Club has always been the number of (simultaneous & overlapping) bonus promotions that they have had. Now, however, there are hardly any promotions out there.

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All the one time bonus offers that I wrote (you can access the post here) about last time in February expired at the end of March and none of them have been extended. Sometimes in the past, the promotion may have showed an expiry date i.e. December 31, but the expiry date was then moved forward i.e. March 31, 2013. This was just what happened with the number of these promotions beginning of 2013.

Priority Club Next Stay Bonus Offer 1500 Bonus Points

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Priority Club has slowly started to introduce some one time bonus offers. LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a message about this Next Stay Bonus-offer.

EDIT: This offer is for 1500 bonus points

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This bonus offer is valid for 90 days after registering for it and you can earn the bonus once. It doesn’t appear to require you to have a Gold or Platinum status with Priority Club.

What Is Going On With Priority Club Stay Bonuses Expiring April 30: Extended Until August & Problems With Postings?

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Priority Club launched number of stay bonuses back in December for stays between January 7 and April 30, 2013. You can access my original post about these promotions here.

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There was an unusual component to these stay bonuses. You would earn unlimited bonus points for every 5 nights (5000 extra) beyond the targeted 5/10/15 nights offer.

Priority Club Double Points (Or 1000 Bonus Points Per Night) For Stays in London

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Priority Club has a new offer for double points for stays in participating properties in London that are booked by April 30 for stays until June 30, 2013. You can access Priority Club’s website for this offer here.

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There is discrepancy between the title of this promotions and the terms and conditions. One would hope that IHG would have more competent people designing these. The terms and conditions are referring to 1000 bonus points per night and the title of the promotion for double points.

InterContinental Hotels Group Best Rate Guarantee Woes

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IHG has a best rate guarantee for giving you a complimentary first night, if you can find a lower price after making a reservation on a third party website. If your stay is only for one night, your entire stay would be then free. You can read more about the terms and conditions of this guarantee on IHG’s website here.

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IHG has changed the terms and conditions of this program quite a few times since its inception. Here are the major problems:

Priority Club China 50% Off & 30% Off Hong Kong And Taiwan Sale April 16-22

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Priority Club has a new China sale coming starting on April 16 to 22. You can book participating properties for 50% off of BAR (best available rate) for stays of 2 to 4 days.

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There is a separate offer for hotels in Hong Kong and Taiwan for 30% off of their BAR for stays of 2 nights or longer.

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program

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The other month, I gave a promise that I would try to tackle the issue about the most rewarding hotel rewards program this spring. I haven’t forgotten it. I have been contemplating the best way to incorporate the number if variables to the review to get objective results. Today I will have the first hotel program evaluated: Club Carlson.

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In the next three weeks, I will tackle two programs per week; Club Carlson and Hilton HHonors this week, Hyatt Gold Passport and InterContinental Hotels Group next week, and Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest the week after that.

Top Hotel Promotions For April (2013)

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It is already spring time and hotel programs are starting to launch their summer 2013 promotions. Most of the spring promotions are on their last leg.

1. Hilton’s promotion for quadruple Virgin Atlantic miles in London & Scotland + combining it with the Daily Grand

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Quadruple Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles At Hilton Hotels In London & Scotland

It is difficult to suggest participating to Hilton’s promotions after the huge devaluation last month, but combining these two promotions for stays in London & Scotland can earn you lot of points.

Hotel Promotions Update April 2013

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Here’s monthly update on current hotel promotions. Most Priority Club one time bonus offers expired on March 31, 2013, and we will do a post about new valid one time offers next week. Club Carlson doesn’t have a global promotion right now.

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 or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For April

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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 59 hotels on the list of which five are InterContinental ones.

US Airways Dividend Miles 50% Hotel Conversion Bonus

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US Airways is again offering 50% bonus on hotel points conversions to Dividend Miles between April 1 to 30th, 2013. Note that converting of SPG Starpoints to Dividend Miles is excluded from this offer unlike in 2012. You can access US Airways page for this offer here.

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The hotel conversion partners are:

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