Priority Club Rewards

How to Use Hotel Elite Status to Force Room Availability

September 20, 2011

I’ve been a top-tier member of multiple hotel chains over the years and there’s one benefit I’ve never used – the guaranteed room availability perk that is included with many of them. Generally, I book my travel in advance and I can usually find ways to get a reasonably priced room at my preferred property. […]

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Sunday Reader Email Question: Which Hotel Credit Card is Best?

July 31, 2011

TPG reader Evan writes: “I don’t travel very often for my job but I am very good, thanks to you, at getting a lot of miles via my credit card to use for a nice vacation or two every year (usually one big and one small). I spend about 20-30K a year on my credit […]

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My Ranking and Strategy With the Current Chase Credit Cards

July 19, 2011

Chase announced a new United card, “The Explorer,” and the deal is a bit of a dud – with a 25,000 point sign-up bonus, 10,000 for spending $25,000 a year and 5,000 points for adding an additional user. There are some decent benefits for those who don’t have elite status on United, but want enhanced service […]

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Intercontinental Madrid Royal Ambassador Experience and Junior Suite Review

July 7, 2011

As I mentioned last week, I’m a brand-spanking-new Intercontinental Royal Ambassador, due to a very generous TPG reader. Being very anxious to try out my new status, I decided to split my 5 days in Madrid to 1 night at the Intercontinental, 3 at the Westin Palace (my Madrid go-to property) and one more at […]

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How to Maximize Priority Club Points and Save on Stays

July 2, 2011

As a new Intercontinental Royal Ambassador, I’ve been trying to figure out the ins and outs of the Priority Club and Ambassador programs so I can pay as little as possible for my stays and earn the maximum amount of points possible. While every hotel chain has its quirks, I’m finding that maximizing Priority Club […]

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My Intercontinental Royal Ambassador Tenure Begins

June 29, 2011

A couple months ago a super generous TPG reader offered me a nomination to Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Royal Ambassador program. To be honest, I had always heard about this program, but always wrote it off because I never stay at Intercontinental Hotels. I can usually maintain top tier elite status on Hyatt and Starwood, so […]

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$75 MasterCard Giftcard Rebate for Priority Club/Intercontinental Hotel Group Weekend Stays

May 24, 2011

From now until August 31, 2011, you can earn a $75 MasterCard giftcard when you stay at a Intercontinental Hotel Group property (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites) for two consecutive weekend nights. Register here. This can also be stacked with their double points and 15k promotions (and any others they decide […]

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Amazing Deal: Chase Sapphire Preferred 50,000 Point Bonus and First Year Fee Waived

May 16, 2011

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. Capitalizing on lucrative credit card offers is the foundation to any robust points strategy. In the past two months I’ve banked over 350,000 points from leveraging my credit- 100,000 […]

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New Priority Club PointBreaks List for Stays Thru July 30, 2011

May 10, 2011

It’s been speculated that Priority Club would be discontinuing their uber-discounted “PointBreaks”  hotel promotion, where you can get free nights for a mere 5,000 Priority Club points. However, Priority Club just announced a new list of properties that are available for booking from now until July 30, 2011. There are a decent number of nice […]

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Priority Club Double Points or Miles Promo 2011: May 16-Aug 15

May 6, 2011

From May 16 – August 15, you can earn double points or miles on all Priority Club hotels (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge and Candlewood Suites). While this isn’t the most revolutionary promotion of all time, PC points can add up when you stack them with all of their other promos, like […]

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Cheap Priority Club Points on Sale Today at Noon

April 27, 2011

Today’s installment of Daily Getaways are several packages of Priority Club points. These points can be redeemed for all Intercontinental/Priority Club (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, etc) with the lowest Point Breaks hotels going for 5,000 points a night and the nicest Intercontinental properties cost 40,000 points a night. As with the other auctions, these […]

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Up to 5 Free Hyatt Nights With Chase Sapphire Preferred – Waived Annual Fee

March 29, 2011

Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Chase is now waiving the $95 annual fee for the Sapphire Preferred and offering 25,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. While it is not widely publicized, Ultimate Rewards points […]

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Hilton Announces Vanilla Spring Promotion

March 25, 2011

Hilton announced their April 1 – June 30 promotion and it’s pretty boring if you ask me. The promotion is a straightforward 1,000 extra points per night, up to 91,000 points during the promotion period. Registration is required. While it is certainly better than nothing, I think this promotion is much less generous than Hyatt and probably […]

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Priority Club Spring Promotion – Up to 15,000 Bonus Points

March 24, 2011

Between April 1 and June 30, Priority Club is rewarding their members with up to 15,000 points. To put this in perspective, a free night at a top tier hotel is 40,000 points, so this promotion is a nice little bump, but nothing to get wildly excited about. One of the major aspects that I […]

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The Venetian/Palazzo Joins Priority Club Hotel Rewards Program

March 23, 2011

While I’m not the biggest fan of Las Vegas, I always end up going there a couple of times a year, whether I like it or not (and free flights certainly help!). However, I’m always disappointed at the number and quality of points earning hotels. There are very few of the major hotels participating in […]

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Priority Club PointBreaks List for March and April Published

March 1, 2011

The March and April PointBreaks list is now live and while it’s not very exciting, I think it’s a little bit better than the last round which had no InterContinental properties. This time there are three: San Jose Costa Rica, Merida Mexico, and Aqaba Jordan. Not the hottest destinations, but not bad for only 5,000 […]

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Which Chase Credit Card is Better: Hyatt or Priority Club Visa?

February 14, 2011

While I’ve been disappointed in the 2011 hotel promotions so far this year, I have been very impressed with branded hotel credit card offerings. Hyatt rolled out a pretty spectacular new no-foreign fee, two free night Visa card last summer and Priority Club is fighting back with a pretty strong Visa product of their own. […]

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Up to 80,000 Points for Chase Priority Club Visa

February 13, 2011

In December I received a targeted 80,000 point sign-up offer, which was a pretty greal deal.  I couldn’t post it here because it was a targeted offer with a unique code, but I believe it was sent to most US Priority Club members. Mine was sent on 12/13/10 and if you have Gmail, just search for “Priority Club 80,000″ […]

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The Benefits of Hotel Hopping

February 8, 2011

There are many “destructive” activities that come along with obsessive mileage and point collecting, like buying coins, mileage running and opening up tons of credit cards. I put destructive in quotes, because what may be destructive to one person is fun and lucrative to another. While I try to think I’m mainstream in pursuing my […]

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Priority Club Unveils New, Meager PointBreaks List

January 25, 2011

Priority Club refreshes its PointBreaks (reduced, 5,000 point a night hotel redemptions) several times a year and they just unveiled their new list and its lackluster at best. While the PointBreaks lists are usually their cheaper properties (Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, etc) there are usually a couple decent Crowne Plazas and an […]

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300 Free Priority Club Points for Survey

January 24, 2011

Take this quick survey and earn 300 free Priority Club points. It’s not a ton, but free is free! (Link fixed- thanks SCflier!)

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Priority Club Announces New Promotion: 3,000 Points Every Third Night

January 20, 2011

Just got this new promo from Priority Club: “From February 1 through April 30, 2011, earn 3,000 bonus points for every 3rd qualifying night you stay at any of our hotels worldwide, up to 30,000 points. With no blackout dates and points that never expire, this is an offer you’ll want in on. The world […]

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Dining for Miles and Points

January 19, 2011

If you currently don’t have every single one of your debit and credit cards linked up to an I-dine program, you are making a huge mistake. There is no cost involved and once your cards are linked, you automatically get miles/points every time you spend money at a participating restaurant/bar. The participating airlines are: America, […]

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Out of Office Message: South America Here I Come

December 28, 2010

I’m about to head out of my year-end vacation. I’ll be hitting up Rio de Janeiro for New Years Eve and then heading on to Uruguay (Montevideo, Punta del Este) and ending in Buenos Aires. I’ll be blogging from down south, but you may have to forgive the frequency. It’s been a crazy year and […]

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