April 6th, 2012

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Priority Club (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc.) this week released their current list of PointBreaks properties where now through May 31, 2012, Priority Club members can book free nights for just 5,000 points.

That’s a pretty low redemption level especially for Intercontinental properties, which normally require between 30,000-50,000 points, and Hotel Indigo locations and Crowne Plazas, which require between 25,000-35,000 points.

Remember you can transfer both Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards to Priority Club, though the Amex-Priority Club partnership is ending in June.

Some of the interesting properties this time around include the Hotel Indigo Sarasota, the Crowne Plaza Prague, the Crowne Plaza Athens, the Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort in Spain, the Crowne Plaza Nairobi, the Crowne Plaza Eilat in Israel, and the Intercontinental Real San Pedro de Sula in Honduras (hey, you never know!).

I tend to be an optimist, but the list of PointBreak properties tends to be far-flung and a little random, so I never actually thought I’d be able to take advantage of them, but then last week I ended up staying at the Intercontinental Phnom Penh, which was one of the PointBreak properties for January-March, so I was able to use 5,000 points instead of paying the $150 nightly rate, making my points worth about 3 cents each, plus as a Royal Ambassador, I got club lounge access, reaping even more value from the experience. Not a bad deal!

So it doesn’t hurt to look over the list and keep it in mind wherever your travels take you since you never know when your plans might take you to a city with one of these properties.

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