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Changes to the Priority Club Rewards Programme

Ric Garrido writes on his blog Loyalty Traveler about the changes to the Priority Club Programme. The hype seems to be bigger than the changes planned. The Good news is that their is no points devaluation.

New additions to the programme include:

“Last Minute Reward Nights” will allow Priority Club members globally to redeem Reward Nights at a 50% discount off the regular point price, for selected properties.  Members will receive an e-mail on Monday providing a list of hotels where this offer will be available the following weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  Initially, this program will be offered on the first full weekend of every month, starting with May 6, 7 and 8, 2011.

And

“Lucky Points” Sweepstakes: This feature will give members based in the US, Canada, and UK the chance to turn their extra points into great rewards.  Members will be able to redeem a very small quantity of Priority Club points (e.g., 100 or 200 points per entry) in exchange for a chance to win the prize or prizes that are most appealing to them. Typically, members will have 6-8 different prize draws to select from, ranging from terrific hotel packages (e.g. 4 nights at the InterContinental Times Square- New York) to popular merchandise (e.g., iPads), and even 1 million Priority Club points!  Priority Club Rewards will be the only travel loyalty program to offer members this chance to turn a single stay into a huge prize! The program will roll out in China and Japan beginning fall 2011.

To read Ric’s full analysis visit his blog.

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  1. fanfan
    April 3rd, 2011 at 07:05 | #1

    Best Western Status Match :
    How does it really work? If one stays in a Best Western Hotel, he will receive points which would be added in his PCR account? Thanks for more information concerning this “status match”.

  2. Andrew Nelson
    April 3rd, 2011 at 07:38 | #2

    @fanfan
    No fanfan,

    Status match merely means that Best Western will give you the “same” elite status in their program as you have in PC or some other plan. I say “same” because they will not necessarily give you TOP status based on having TOP status in another program, but will give you higher than basic.

  3. Andrew Nelson
    April 3rd, 2011 at 07:39 | #3

    Not surprising they will offer their “gambling” option to Far East. I’ll be passing up on gambling

  4. Andrew Nelson
    April 3rd, 2011 at 07:40 | #4

    Last Minute specials is an awful lot like the old Weekend Websavers that they killed 7 years ago, but wit the added twist of using points.

    Looks like PC is really intersted in getting people to cash in points.

  1. April 26th, 2011 at 08:55 | #1