50% Bonus on Priority Club Points= .77 Cents a Piece

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Priority Club is running a 50% bonus on purchased points through November 22, 2012. This means that essentially you are purchasing each point for as low as .77 cents apiece – which can be a great value if you know how to maximize Priority Club points.

Priority Club “sells” points normally at .8 cents apiece when you do cash & points redemptions (for every $40 in cash outlay, you save 5,000 points) and those points don’t count towards status while the official purchase promotion does. Platinum is earned at 60,000 points and that’ll get you a 50% point bonus on paid stays and some other small perks like room upgrades and guaranteed availability.

This could be a way to get multiple nights at Priority Club hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, etc). Reward nights start at 30,000 points and go up to 50,000. With cash & points, you can save up to 10,000 points per night by spending $80, so award nights start at 20,000 points and $80.

Priority Club Reward Night Chart

Naturally, points are more valuable when you redeem for rooms that cost more money. Priority Club is great too because they have over 4,500 hotels worldwide versus just 1,076 Starwood hotels and 492 Hyatt hotels, for example.

Priority Club also runs PointBreaks hotels frequently that only cost 5,000 points a night. With this promo, that would mean free nights for only $38.50! They usually have some Intercontinentals on the list (and I recently stayed at a PointBreaks Intercontinental in Phnomh Penh). Due to a conference, rooms were going for $200+, so I almost felt criminal getting it for only 5,000 Priority Club points a night!

Overall, Priority Club points aren’t the most valuable hotel currency, but they have some amazing redemptions that might make this promotion worthwhile.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
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