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.
On the heels of TravelWhimsy‘s recent post on our delayed honeymoon to Italy, this is part 3 of a 4-part series to answer some of our readers’ questions on the nitty-gritty of how the trip was booked to maximize savings.
Taking full advantage of some of the hotel promotions offered in late 2010, we booked ourselves into some phenomenal hotels for a total out of pocket expense of $300 (vs. a normal cost of almost $4,000).
Key Difference from Last Year: some merchants offer a pre-sale that starts at noon ET (1 hour before the normal sale starts at 1pm ET). All you have to do is to like the merchants’ Facebook pages, and find a code posted on their wall on the morning of the sale for access to the presale from Noon to 1 PM ET.
Additional 10% off Published Prices: use an American Express card (prepaid or gift cards work as well).
Limited Quantities: hot deals can sell out within minutes, so be ready to jump on them.
Validity: for deals you are interested in, make sure you check the validity/expiration dates and any other restrictions.