Right now, Priority Club hotels (includes brands like Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn) are combining two promotions that can lead to huge money saving opportunities.
Priority Club PointBreaks
Every few months, Priority Club deeply discounts the points required for stays at select hotels. The list is rather limited (about 100 locations in the States).
Priority Club just released its most recent list. You can view the list of selected locations here.
Each of those locations only require 5,000 Priority Club points per night. Typically, these locations start at 15,000-35,000 points per night.
The special rates are available for stays through May 31st, 2012. There are only a select number of rooms available, so if you have travel plans during those dates and can find availably, then book your trip as soon as possible.
But what if you don’t have any Priority Club points?
No worries. This is where the second promotion comes in handy.
Purchase Priority Club Points at a Discount
If you buy between March 30 and April 30, 2012, you have an opportunity to earn up to 50% more points.
Buy 1,000 – 19,000 points: get a 20% Bonus
Buy 20,000 – 29,000 points: get a 30% Bonus
Buy 30,000 – 39,000 points: get a 40% Bonus
Buy 40,000 – 50,000 points: get a 50% Bonus
For illustrative purposes, let’s imagine that someone were to buy 40,000 points. They would end up with a stash of 60,000 Priority Club points. The total cost for those points would be $460.
Additionally, if you earn 60,000 points in a calendar year, you are also eligible for Priority Club Platinum Status.
To be honest, there is a method where you can get 60,000 points for $360, but involves booking an itinerary and knowing you’ll cancel it just as a way to earn the points. However, what I’ve outlined above is the simplest and cleanest method.
So let’s explore some examples to show the value of the current promotion:
Let’s say that Craig Ford (hey, that’s me!) goes out and spends $460 to buy 60,000 Priority Club points. He’s also planning to be in Budapest, Hungary in May.
Guess what? The Holiday Inn in Budapest is a PointBreaks location.
The best current price for this hotel is $93.50 per night. The five nights would cost $467.50. However, with the current PointBreaks promotion, my five nights there would require 25,000 points. I could purchase those points for $191.67 (if I bought 40,000 with the 50% bonus). That’s a savings of close to 60%.
Not a bad price for five nights in Europe.
After traveling to Budapest, my family is going to be flying out of JFK. We need to overnight in New York. While there are a couple of New York options, I decided to stay in New Jersey at a Crowne Plaza. The hotel’s best price is $153 per night. I’m going to pay 5,000 points. That means I’m paying $38.34 per night for a $153 hotel. That’s a 75% savings.
If you’ve got some travels planned between now and May 31st, 2012, you might want to check and see if there are any PointBreaks locations for your desired destinations. If there is availability, then go ahead and purchase some points.