What: Priority Club have their own Facebook profile which is generally used to push the “wonderfulness” of Priority Club, yet this post is probably illegal in the UK as even with the required points no Hotel is going to give you the top suite unless you are very special to them!
How: Visit the Priority Club Facebook Page
PC FB Post
What: In previous years it was possible to secure Platinum status somewhere between 5 to 10 nights. Why? Because there were so many bonus points available and they all counted towards the 60,000 point target. This all changed in 2013, the following was received and posted by Dan which lays out the changes…
Beginning 01 Jan 2013, for purposes of determining Elite Status, Priority Club points are classified as either Elite Qualifying Points or Non-Elite Qualifying Points. The elite qualifying points which will be counted toward membership elite status are:
- Base points earned from qualifying rates paid for hotel stays
- Points collected from partner transactions
- Bonus Point packages
- Meeting Rewards points
All other point earning transactions will be considered non-elite qualifying points and will not be counted toward elite status”
From personal experience and reading comments posted..(please add your experiences below)
- All of the above
- Points for affilated Credit card spend
- Points awarded (or purchased) with Ambassador Membership
- Status bonus points (10% for Gold, 50% for Platinum)
- Credit card sign up bonuses
The bottom line
- Come 2014 the number of Platinum members will dramatically fall – will this open the door for better benefits and guaranteed upgrades? Over to you Priority Club…
What: The Rewards scheme changes again, is this now an annual event as we faced a devaluation this time last year? Previously each brand had its own range of redemption values, with the new scheme the brand is no longer important. It’s too early to find out which category a hotel falls in to, but the categories are as follows. Full details on the Priority Club website are here.
- Category 1 10,000 Points
- Category 2 15,000 Points
- Category 3 20,000 Points
- Category 4 25,000 Points
- Category 5 30,000 Points
- Category 6 35,000 Points
- Category 7 40,000 Points
- Category 8 45,000 Points
- Category 9 50,000 Points
- Add 10,000 Points for all inclusive resorts
- The new rates haven’t been published, but expect to see the lower scale brands, such as Holiday Inn Express & Candlewood suites, in big and expensive cites (London, Paris & New York) go through the roof
- The new scheme is effective from 18th January 2013
- The you can still book rooms under the rewards structure until: 18th March 2013 by telephone
What: A new website for Intercontinental Hotels -gone is the black and in comes a new fresh look..
How: Visit the site
Good news #1 – Bonus Points
Lots of bonus points, originally posted by Phil, I can testify that the bold ones work along with the one I posted earlier (it was a midweek stay).
- 6102 = Anniversary Bonus Offer 1,000 points per stay for 90 days after registration.
- 2120 = Welcome Back Bonus 1,500 Priority Club points for one stay within 90 days after registration.
- 3107 = New Member Bonus 1,500 Priority Club points for one stay within 90 days after registration.
- 5109 = Next Stay Bonus 1,500 Priority Club points for one stay within 90 days after registration.
- 8108 = 1,000 bonus points per stay for 60 days after registration.
- 5221 = Elite member Next Stay Bonus for Platinum members earns 3,000 bonus points for next paid stay within 90 days of registration.
- 3136 = 5,000 points 2-night Weekend Stay Bonus on Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday before Dec 31, 2012.
- 3168 = Platinum member 5,000 bonus points for 5 nights by November 30, 2012.
Register here: http://priorityclub.com/register
Good news #2 – The Site
Firstly thank you all for your great support about the letter sent from IHG requesting that I handover the domain name. Since then IHG have gone silent so maybe they have moved their attention to more interesting things, but to address their concerns to rest I’ve put a pretty clear disclaimer at the top of the site – happy to change the wording if our friendly lawyers have suggestions. Hopefully that will do for now!
As many of you know getting an upgraded room as a Platinum is not easy, even if it is a defined benefit. Generally hotels don’t follow the policy except when pushed and there are far too many platinum members out there. Most folk can easily achieve it within 10 nights depending on the bonuses available! Net result annoyed members of the PC programme. This example below is typical of a hotel not playing ball…
A visitor to this site passed this story on to me, the background… They booked one night in the Crowne Plaza, Manchester, UK. On check-in requested an upgrade, which was turned down “because all rooms were fully booked” and offered a drinks voucher worth £4. The emails follow…
Just a quick note – the new location of the Point Breaks page is here: http://www.priorityclub.com/hotels/us/en/global/redeem/pointbreaks
Still showing until October 15th – so expect an update very soon!
Just had a lovely letter from those folk in Atlanta (to read the full version click on the post) who aren’t very happy about the use of “Priority Club” in the domain name.
I can’t really argue with the fact that it may “creates confusion by suggesting IHG’s sponsorship or endorsement of your website” as I get a numerous emails from folk wanting me to credit points for their stay in <insert hotel name here> due to their questionable IT system and raft of unclear rules of when you do/do not get points for a stay. But I do disagree with “Continued use of the Domain Name will cause loss of goodwill to IHG” - I think the site does the opposite.
What seems odd is that…
- It’s taken this long for them to get around to it ( 2 1/2 years) - and it’s not like this is a new initiative as I know of another site that received this letter last year and the person on the other end of this letter (name withheld) has been working for IHG since 2000 – so must have been aware of the site for at least 18 months?
- I promote IHG promotions which helps drive customers to their hotel = more revenue
- There is no loss in revenue to IHG as any links that I create in my posts to IHG do not earn me, and therefore cost them, any commission.
I guess I’m just out of favour this month – or it’s the lack of recent updates (sorry)….
Anyway, I don’t really fancy a legal battle so it’s time to rename the site – suggestions welcome – although I think IHGinsider.com is out (even though it’s available)
What: The new(ish) UK credit card has a great sign up offer going on right now, although this is the premium card the first year fee is refunded – making the card effectively free! Other bonuses include:
- 40,000 Point when you sign up
- First year annual fee of £99 refunded
- Spend £10,000 and get a free night voucher for any hotel!
Where: UK only
When: This offer runs to 20th August 2012
How: Visit www.priorityclub.com/JuneDM4
What: The InterContinental San Francisco is looking to treat its best, repeat customers to additional perks – and launched a unique “Milestone Stay” program aimed at making you feel extra welcome!
- 10th Milestone Stay: Your room will include a picture frame holding a favorite photograph. You’ll get an upgrade to a Junior Suite based upon availability.
- 25th Milestone Stay: Expect the above, plus an “I” logo pen.
- 50th Milestone Stay: Expect the above, plus a pair of monogrammed slippers. For the upgrade, you’ll get to stay in one of the hotel’s luxury suites such as the Presidential Suite.
- 75th Milestone Stay: Expect the above, including the extra-nice upgrade, plus a plush, monogrammed InterContinental bathrobe that can either stay at the hotel or be shipped to your home.
- 100th Milestone Stay: Expect the above, plus a personalized iPod to keep in the room.
- 250th Milestone Stay: All of the above, plus the hotel will name a suite after you (after all, you probably already “live” there!). The hotel would actually place a plaque outside the door with your name on it.
Where: InterContinental San Francisco, USA
How: Stay at InterContinental San Francisco