If you and your family
- Only travel once or twice a year;
- Don’t mind staying at Country Inns, Park Inns, or Radissons (for free) for your vacation or road trips;
- Would like to minimize the number of credit cards your use on a daily basis;
- Have no time or desire to manufacture credit card spending;
Then, there might be an easy solution. All you have to do is to put ALL your non-bonus category spending on a single hotel credit card.
The latest list of Priority Club PointBreaks hotels has just been released. You can book a room at any hotel listed for 5,000 points ($35/night). The list is valid for bookings through January 31, 2013.
Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to know.
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.
[Update (October 18, 2012): Offer terms have changed. Read today’s update first. You might get lucky, but proceed at your own risk.]
It’s a wonderful day for all of us interested in earning more Wyndham points that can be transferred to your airlines of choice. Yes, the recently expired 16,000-bonus-point-per-stay Wyndham offer I first wrote about on August 14, 2012 is BACK and even BETTER!
This time around, you can earn ~54,000 Wyndham Rewards points for as little as $150. Those 54,000 points can be converted to ~21,600 traditional airline miles or ~16,200 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. Even if you don’t like airline miles or the Southwest Companion Pass, you will end up with enough points for three free nights at a midtown Manhattan hotel. Best of all, the confusing “must click through email” clause has been taken out of the fine print.
Now that you have accumulated a sizable collection of miles and points in various programs and have learned how to manage them with the spreadsheets I provided in our “Miles & Points 101” series, you might still wonder when your hard-earned miles and points are set to expire. This post is meant to provide a quick reference for the expiration policies of major airline, hotel, and credit card loyalty programs, via a few tables with links to the official program rules.
At the end of the post, you will have an opportunity to sign up for a limited-time FREE LIFETIME premier membership for Usingmiles.com (valued at $29.99 per year!), a loyalty website that helps you manage all of your loyalty and reward programs in one place.