Qualifying Nights

Last updated: July 21st, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

What is a Qualifying Night?

A qualifying nights is one which points can be accrued for, typically the following are qualifying nights:

  • Rates booked without using a special offer
  • Advanced Purchased Rate
  • Best Flexible Rate
  • Insider Rates

What isn’t a Qualifying Night?

  • A reward night
  • A night booked as part as a package holiday
  • An overlapping night (when you have two rooms booked for the same night you will only get one night’s credit)

Gray Areas

  • Nights booked through travel agents (online or otherwise)
  • A night on special promotion (such as 35% off) but this varies on promotion

Why is it important?

  • Qualifying nights earn points!
  • Qualifying nights count towards Priority Club status if you need it
  • Qualifying nights count towards Royal Ambassador Status
  • Qualifying nights count towards the “stay __ earn ___ ” promotions
  1. Royal AMB
    September 17th, 2010 at 09:35 | #1

    Does the F&F rate count towards the RA status as a qualifying night?

  2. Hman
    September 25th, 2010 at 04:11 | #2

    Hi. The holiday in near me(in the UK) is doing a new years eve party to which me and my friends are going to (me being the organiser). The rep has offered me 7600 priority club points if all 8 of us stay.

    Is this a good deal?

    Will I still earn the bonus points that I sign up for ie how can I make sure that this counts as a stay?

    Thanks. Ps loving the site. So much info!

  3. Bruce
    April 18th, 2011 at 20:55 | #3

    FYI on qualifying rates for point accrual. As I found out the hard way, the Entertainment Card rate does *not* count…

    —–Original Message—–
    From: “Priority Club Service Center” [PriorityClub@ihg.com]
    Date: 03/09/2011 02:55 AM

    Dear Sir,

    We appreciate your taking the time to contact Priority Club® Rewards.

    Priority Club credit is awarded for all room rates within 30% of the hotel’s non-discounted rate. For your convenience, a complete list of the Priority Club terms and conditions can be found online at http://www.priorityclub.com/terms.

    In order to get credit for your stay in any of our hotel chains, you must pay a qualifying rate. Qualifying rates include the Corporate Rate/Flex Rate, Best Breaks, Great Rates, AAA Rate, AARP Rate & Government Rates. The rates (including the 21-day advance purchase, weekend web savers and internet saver rate) offer a discount of up to 60% but also carry coding which automatically earns Priority Club credit.

    On the other hand, the non-qualifying rates include the Industry Discount, Employee Discount, Friends and Family Rate, Internet Rate (third party website or pre-paid channel), Entertainment Rate, etc. Priority Club® Rewards does not issue credit for room rates that are discounted more than 30% off the hotel’s regular room rate.

    May we suggest making your future reservations through us or through the website at http://www.priorityclub.com to ensure you are getting qualified rate.

    You may visit the OFFERS section of http://www.priorityclub.com to become familiar with, and register to participate in upcoming bonus opportunities applicable to you. Visiting this section on a regular basis will help ensure that you don’t miss any other bonus credits.

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

    Should you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Attached is the link to our Service Centers’ phone numbers page: http://www.priorityclub.com/contactus

    Ms. Len Lorca
    Priority Club Rewards
    E-Mail: Priorityclub@ihg.com
    It’s Easier. Enjoy.™

    Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 2:02 PM
    To: Priority Club Service Center
    Subject: Qualifying rate for Priority Club point accrual

    Hi Priority Club,

    I understand a qualifying night for Priority Club point accrual is when paying the qualifying rate, which includes most business and leisure rates. My question: are the “Great Rates”, “Discount Rates”, “Featured Rates”, and “Entertainment Card” rates considered a qualifying rate?

    What exactly is not considered a qualifying rate for Priority Club point accrual?

  4. admin
    April 20th, 2011 at 01:15 | #4

    @Royal AMB
    No, F&F don’t count

    reading the PC website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/pc/1/en/c/2/content/dec/pc/0/en/ptc.html

    Limits on Points for Stays. Points are not issued for stays at the following reduced room rates (Non-Qualifying Room Rates; Non-Qualifying Stay): net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, Priority Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, most rates booked through most third party web sites, complimentary hotel stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate.

    No mention of the Entertainment Rate in their T&C’s – I would challenge! As a note a telephone call to the ambassador service center is best way for a result.

  5. Solomon
    July 27th, 2011 at 01:24 | #5

    What is the purpose of having the card if you are not going to use the reward nights?

  6. October 27th, 2011 at 13:26 | #6

    How about Points for Stays for a room booked through Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price” sight? I got 4 nights at the Intercontinental in San Juan for $115.00 a night in Jan 2012.

  7. admin
    October 27th, 2011 at 16:42 | #7

    No – afraid not. Classified as an opaque booking.

  8. Stacey
    April 5th, 2012 at 02:03 | #8

    Hi great website! love your work. I had 2 questions. Wanted to stay at Crowne Plaza for one night in Kuala Lumpur.

    1.The site says its an “advanced purchase rate”, would that be considered a qualifying night
    2.There is also a second option for “5000 bonus points rate” for extra $20US (compared to option 1), which should definitely give me points. But question is “do you personally think $20US is worth 5000 points?”

    Keep up the great work!
    PS why dont they make qualifying nights clearer and less ambiguous

  9. Mark
    May 13th, 2012 at 03:50 | #9

    There is now a big improvement on the booking websites: when you click “Book this room”, you see on the next pag “Eligible points for this reservation: xyz” so I assume if you see any points there, it will be a qualifying stay.

    Am I right?

  10. Helenaa
    August 31st, 2012 at 09:54 | #10

    I would like to know how I can use my 21 qualifying nights. Can i redeem for any stay?

  11. Jeffrey Machet
    June 1st, 2016 at 01:35 | #11

    I am a Platinim card holder no. 285713711 . we have not received our new card as ours has expired. I would like to know how many points I have for free nights at the Holiday Inn Phuket.

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