Are you familiar with Priority Club PointBreaks? Every two months or so, InterContinental Hotels Group (“IHG”) releases a list of hotels bookable for only 5,000 points a night. Prority Club points can be “purchased” for 0.7 cent a piece, so PointBreaks hotels essentially cost $35 net a night (no taxes or fees charged for award nights). Upscale brand InterContinental and mid-scale brands Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo are often included in the sale.
TravelWhimsy and I took advantage of the last PointBreaks sale and stayed at the newly renovated Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar while beach hopping in sunny San Diego. As platinum members (top-tier elite status is now a standard benefit for Priority Club Select Visa cardholders), we were upgraded to an ocean-view studio suite. Instead of reviewing the hotel, I am going to tell you
- how you can get 1,000 free Priority Club points;
- how you may get the official 80,000–bonus-point offer for signing up for the Priority Club Select Visa card (current public Chase offer requires $1,000 in initial spend for 60,000 points) ;
- and why this is one credit card you should never cancel.
Get 1,000 Priority Club Points by Watching a 90-second Video
I was given a promotion code when checking into the Hotel Indigo Del Mar. This code gives you 1,000 points for watching a 90-second video. Visit www.priorityclub.com/visa1000 and enter code SANDMCJF01 and your Priority Club membership information.
Get 80,000 Bonus Points by Signing up for the Priority Club Select Visa Card
I have mentioned an unofficial card application link to get you 80,000 bonus points, but you might see an official offer after you finish watching that 90-second video. You will need to make one purchase to earn the bonus points (first-year fee is waived). Again, make sure you understand how credit works before jumping into any credit card deals.
You Should NOT Cancel That Priority Club Select Visa Card
This is one of the few cards you should not cancel when the $49 annual fee is due, and here is a list of my top reasons.
1. Annual free night anywhere in the world with no restrictions – you could stay at places like the InterContinental Rome or Bora Bora.
2. 10% points rebate on award night redemption – you could even get 500 points back for a PointBreaks hotel night.
3. No foreign transaction fees.
4. Top-tier platinum elite status for as long as you have the card – no free breakfast or internet at locations that charge for them, but occasional free upgrades are not a bad thing. Plus, you can use that status to ask other hotel chains for a match or challenge.
If you think like me, $49 is a very reasonable price to pay for a night at a 5-star hotel in a top destination around the world. If you ever find yourself paying cash for a stay with IHG hotels, make sure you head over to Priority Club Insider and register for all current promotions (all those different bonus points are stackable!).
Did I miss any important aspects of the Priority Club Rewards program, PointBreaks, or the Priority Club Select Visa card? What are your favorite IHG hotels?