Buying Points

Last updated: May 20th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Old Way

It’s simple you can buy more points, subject to the rules below, to top up your balance – whether you need the extra points for Status – or to get that reward stay you’ve been saving up for.

It’s rarely cheaper to buy points for a reward night than pay the rack rate – but of course exceptions do apply – such as a Points Break stay.

  • A 1,000 point minimum and a 40,000 point maximum
  • no more than a 40,000 point maximum per rolling 12 month period
  • in 1,000 point increments for
    • 1,000 – 9,000 points           US $13.50 per 1,000 points
    • 10,000 – 19,000 points      US $12.50 per 1,000 points
    • 20,000 – 40,000 points      US $11.50 per 1,000 points

The New Way – Half Price Points

So you can now make a points reservation and pay part-points part-cash.

And you can also cancel these reservations. When you cancel the points originally deposited go back in to your account + the points purchased also go back in to your account, as there is no cash refund for the extra points purchased,  so you’re effectively getting points  at third offf!

  • To buy 5,000 points cost US$40 – US $8.00 per 1,000 points
  • To buy 10,000 points cost US$70 – US $7.00 per 1,000 points

Nice and Easy..

  • Step 1. You need a minimum of 5,000 points in your account
  • Step 2. Search for a reward night for some time in the future
  • (I’m going to use the Holiday Inn Express in Derby at 15,000pts per night for one night)
  • Step 3. Book the night and select “5,000” + US$70
  • Step 4. Complete Credit-card details and confirm booking
  • Step 5. Cancel the booking


The 5,000 points originally debited are credited back + the 10,000 extra you just purchased for US$70. Job done!

Do these points count for status? Afraid not.

Therefore when booking a room don’t pay more than…

…unless you need the qualifying night to trigger a promotion.

  • US$70 Holiday Inn Express* (10,000 points)
  • US$105  Candlewood Suites (15,000 points)
  • US$140 Staybridge Suites® (20,000 points)
  • US$175  Crowne Plaza / Hotel Indigo (25,000 points)
  • US$165 Holiday Inn Club Vacations™ (27,500 points)
  • US$210  Intercontinental (30,000 points)
  • US$280  Intercontinental (40,000 points)
  • US$350  Intercontinental (50,000 points)

* Can also cost 15,000 or 25,000 points depending on the property.

  1. September 30th, 2009 at 11:39 | #1

    Which hotels do you see 15,000 pts + $90. Any IC’s?



  2. admin
    October 1st, 2009 at 09:15 | #2

    Mark, there are some IC’s at 30,000 points such as the two in Cario – you just have to find them!

    You can’t book 15,000 pts + $90, but you can book 20,000pts + US$60

  3. Alan
    September 3rd, 2010 at 08:04 | #3

    Has Points and Cash been withdrawn? It wasn’t working earlier this week and now its disappeared from the PC website! Anyone know what’s happenning?

  4. Point Whore
    September 25th, 2010 at 14:29 | #4

    Some hotels don’t offer points + cash…keep looking

  5. Max
    April 23rd, 2011 at 04:21 | #5

    does it still works ?

    Has anybody found more than 10k Points for US$60 ? Cairo seems to be fixed

  6. Damon
    April 28th, 2011 at 14:36 | #6

    Try Sydney, Australia. All the hotels there offer cash and points. Actually, it is offered in most cities around Australia.

  7. Matze
    June 5th, 2011 at 14:27 | #7

    How often does this work? Generating Priority Club Points in the amount of more than 200.000 Points possible?

  8. admin
    June 8th, 2011 at 06:37 | #8

    I don’t see why not – but untested.

  9. admin
    June 8th, 2011 at 06:46 | #9

    Sometimes the whole Points+Cash system falls over for a couple of days and then comes back to life. I don’t believe it works on a hotel by hotel basis.

  10. Mark
    June 12th, 2011 at 06:19 | #10

    I hope I understand the rules, but it’s not ONLY for status reasons you might want to pay more than the prices you list above, is it?
    If you use the points you have just bought instead of cash, you don’t get any more PC points. These would be at least 1500 for a $150 / 25000 points stay, which is 6%. But it could be much more if you have signed up for current promotions like the double points now on, some of the extra points offers your great site shows us, and gold or platinum bonuses too.
    So for $150 you might receive in total: 3000 doubled-up points, 750 for platinum bonus, and possibly another 3000 for next stay bonus, welcome back bonus, etc. This now adds up to 6750 which is 27% of 25000.
    So maybe you should make it clear that it might be worth paying more than the listed prices, according to how many extra PC points you will get for the stay?
    Regards, Mark

  11. joan
    June 12th, 2011 at 13:03 | #11

    if the hotel shows 10000 plus $40 – how many points would I receive
    I am new so have mercy

  12. Solomon
    July 27th, 2011 at 01:37 | #12

    So it seems to me that I should buy as many points as I can at half price, correct?

  13. admin
    July 27th, 2011 at 03:11 | #13

    True, but I do say “Therefore when booking a room don’t pay more than……unless you need the qualifying night to trigger a promotion.”

    5,000 points. If you scroll down you might find a 10,000 points + US$60 deal which offers better value


  14. pablo
    February 29th, 2012 at 22:25 | #14

    Hi, do you know if it still works? can I make reservation and cancel right away? will points be credited back soon so I can do my real reservation?

  15. Paul
    March 3rd, 2012 at 18:48 | #15


    Yes the points will get credited to your account in 10-15 minutes tops. I have done it several times. What I want to know is will Priority Club cancel account if you do it to much.


  16. Xavier
    July 23rd, 2012 at 09:32 | #16

    Hi: I have a couple of questions..I’m new to Priority Club please forgive my ingnorance for this possible stupid question. I now have close to 54k points and need a few more to obtain the 60k points to gain Elite Status? Should I purchase the points? And when I use some of my points and drop under the 60k does Elite Status go away and I drop back to Gold Status?

  17. Rohan
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:15 | #17

    Thanks big help. Booked London for the Olympics using points

  18. Robert
    August 5th, 2012 at 04:51 | #18

    Does anyone know if you are e-mailed a receipt for the payment portion of a cash and points reservation and what it says?

  19. Pam
    June 29th, 2013 at 14:28 | #19

    If I purchase priority club points how long does it take to show up on my account?

  20. mathew
    March 29th, 2014 at 11:47 | #20

    I am trying to take advantage of the 5000pts + $70 US. When I am inputting my information for the stay in Charlotte MI, an info line keeps coming back “You will earn 0 pts for this stay”. Does this mean I will not get my 10,000pt for $70?

  21. September 29th, 2014 at 20:47 | #21

    Tanning Salon

  22. Vera
    October 20th, 2014 at 08:23 | #22

    Cost of points in 2014 is much more.
    1,000-10,000 points is $13.50 per 1,000 points
    11,000 – 25,000 points is $12.50 per 1,000 points

  23. December 27th, 2014 at 03:57 | #23

    What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are not actually a lot more
    well-preferred than you may be now. You are very intelligent.
    You already know therefore significantly with regards to this topic, made me in my view believe it from
    a lot of various angles. Its like men and women are
    not interested until it is one thing to accomplish with Lady
    gaga! Your individual stuffs excellent. All the time
    deal with it up!

  24. September 16th, 2015 at 16:00 | #24

    I quite like looking through a post that can make people think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!|

  1. February 10th, 2011 at 02:48 | #1
  2. April 22nd, 2011 at 20:25 | #2
  3. May 1st, 2011 at 07:40 | #3
  4. June 8th, 2011 at 03:18 | #4
  5. August 6th, 2011 at 06:07 | #5
  6. October 1st, 2011 at 01:58 | #6
  7. October 2nd, 2011 at 14:40 | #7
  8. May 20th, 2012 at 03:36 | #8
  9. January 12th, 2014 at 17:41 | #9
  10. January 20th, 2015 at 02:58 | #10