New Priority Club Point Breaks Out This Week?

The current Point Breaks list is expiring next week and and I expect that we will have a new Point Breaks list out before the end of this week. Priority Club has confirmed that the Point Breaks are not going away.

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The window of booking the most popular properties has shortened in the past few years. If there is a truly hot property like Indigo Shanghai, it will be gone in just few hours.

My Thoughts About the Priority Club Recategorization

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Overall, the changes that Priority Club introduced weren’t as bad as I had thought they could be. If you are redeeming for award nights in big cities, you won’t like the change, however. The average number of points required for a free night (when all the properties are factored in) went up only one fifth of a percent.

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I was just playing around with the award category list that we released yesterday. The observation below are based on the cleaned list of 4200 properties.

Double Southwest Rapid Rewards Points at Carlson Hotels In The US

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Southwest Airlines is Club Carlson’s latest airline partner. You can earn 600 Rapid Rewards points per stay at Club Carlson locations worldwide. Make sure to have your Rapid Rewards number on hand when checking out. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.

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To celebrate this new partnership, Club Carlson has launched a double Rapid Rewards points promotion that is valid for stays between January 18 and March 31,2013, at the Radisson, Radisson Blu, and Country Inn & Suites location in the United States for Sunday through Thursday check ins. Note that Park Inn and Park Plaza brands do not participate to this double points promotion.

United Selling Premier Qualifying Miles Again – Targeted Offer

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United has again made an offer for number of Mileage Plus members to purchase up to 15K elite qualifying miles that would apply towards 2012 totals and thus 2013 status. The price of these elite qualifying miles is dependent of the Mileage Plus status that you have.

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You can try accessing this offer here. It didn’t work for me. There is a lively discussion about this on FlyerTalk and one of the member’s (WineCountryUA) compiled a list of these options based on the numbers that members at different premier levels had posted:

Priority Club / InterContinental Hotels Group Master Property List with 2012 & 2013 Point Requirements

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Priority Club just changed the award categories/points requirements of more than half of the properties on its portfolio. More went up compared to down. Unlike all other major hotel chains, Priority club has refused to release a list of properties of moving up/down.

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We have now updated the Priority Club / InterContinental Hotels Group Master Property list with the new point requirements.

Starwood Upping Cash & Points Requirements

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Starwood’s Cash & Points has been very popular redemption option for many that has enabled member to redeem an award room partly using both cash and points.

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Now, Starwood is tinkering with both the cash and point requirements of this award type. The number of required points is going up by 25% and the cash requirement is going up between 17% and 25%. You have until March 5, 2013, to make Cash & Points reservation under the current award chart. You can read more about these updated points and cash requirements here.

Bonus 15K Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for 20 Flights

Air Canada has a bonus offer for maximum of 15K bonus Aeroplan miles for 20 flight segments that are flown between January 14 and March 24, 2013. You need to register for this promotion.

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If you read the fine print, you will find that only expensive Flex and higher fares qualify for this bonus.

Updated Priority Club Master Property List and What Award Category Changes Will Mean to You

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Priority Club will unveil later today (January 18) the new award classification of its 4500 hotels. Per press release of this change, approximately 30% of the hotels will go down in the number of points required and 30% will go up.

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Priority Club New Award Categories

Priority Club has refused to release a list of hotels that are moving up or down in number of points required. Here’s the updated InterContinental Hotels Group / Priority Club Master Property List with point requirements prior to January 18 award chart revamp.

Marriott Renewing Gold/Platinum Status Without Meeting Qualification Requirements

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Marriott has always renewed the Gold or Platinum status if you have stayed at Marriott properties a lot in the past and just have been in short on nights one year.

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I used to stay at Marriott hotels a lot and had couple of years with around 130 nights. My total lifetime nights are just above 500 at the present. For the most part, I stopped at staying at Marriott hotels few years ago and Marriott continued renewing my Platinum status for couple of years and then finally downgraded me Gold last year.

Buy Priority Club Points & Earn Gold/Platinum Qualification Points

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Priority Club made changes to what points count towards elite qualification on January 1, 2013. I wrote an article about this change back in December. Until the end of 2012, all the points earned from various bonuses and partner activities had continued to count toward the requirement of Gold or Platinum status.

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.

Priority Club used to count points purchased through their Points & Money reward option towards elite qualification but discontinued it.

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Points purchased through Buy Priority Club points used to count towards elite qualification and they still do.

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Qualification Changes

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Yesterday, I wrote about website update at Delta.com that had unveiled a day early the planned changes to the SkyMiles program on the earning and qualification side. Delta took the information down from the website very fast.

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Now, Delta has issued a press release about the change and has the website running with the info about this change that you can access here.

Up To 2500 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for One Flight and One/Two Partner Transactions

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Air Canada Aeroplan seems to often have promotions that are tied to their travel partners. This time you can earn up to 2500 bonus Aeroplan miles after one flight activity (can be Air Canada or other Star Alliance carrier) and one or two other travel partner transactions.

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This promotion is valid until April 13, 2013, and you need to register for it.

Earn Up To 6000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles on Fairmont Stays

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Fairmont has a new offer starting for Air Canada’s Aeroplan members. You can earn up to 6000 bonus Aeroplan miles for four stays between February 1 and April 14, 2013. You need to register for this offer here.

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The base number of miles that you earn is 500 for Club members, 750 for Premier members, and 1000 miles for Platinum members. These bonus miles should be in addition to these base miles per the wording of this promotion.

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