Priority Club has announced the upcoming quarter’s “Stay X, Earn Y” promotion which will run from January 7 through April 30. I’m pleased to see they’ve changed it around a little bit compared to previous quarters, though the premise is still the same.
As per usual, you’ll have to register in advance for your preferred qualifying threshold and amount of bonus points. Choose carefully, since you can’t change your mind! If you register for a two nights bonus but end up staying fifteen, you’ll still only qualify for the bonus you registered for, and on the flipside, if you register for 15 but only stay 10, you won’t get anything. I’ve bolded what I think are the best offers as a starting point.
- Stay 2 Nights, Get 2,500 Bonus Points. Stay another 2 nights, Get 2,500 more (Code 5521)
- Stay 3 Nights, Get 2,500 Bonus Points. Stay another 3 nights, Get 2,500 more (Code 5528)
- Stay 4 Nights, Earn 5,000 Bonus Points. Stay another 4 nights, Earn 5,000 More. (Code 3411)
- Stay 5 Nights, Earn 10,000 Bonus Points. Earn another 5,000 Points For Every 5 Nights Thereafter (no cap on bonus as far as I know; code 3414)
- Stay 10 Nights, Earn 15,000 Bonus Points. Earn another 5,000 Points For Every 5 Nights Thereafter (no cap on bonus as far as I know; code 3415)
- Stay 15 Nights, Earn 20,000 Bonus Points. Earn another 5,000 Points For Every 5 Nights Thereafter (no cap on bonus as far as I know; code 3416)
While this promo alone isn’t amazing, I still have a soft spot for IHG-branded hotels after years of being a Priority Club girl. Yeah, their elite benefits are just about nonexistent, but for me, a hotel stay is rarely about the perks. What does IHG offer instead? Consistent experiences, reasonable prices, properties in a huge number of locations, and the ability to earn free stays quickly.
There are two reasons why I think Priority Club offers free nights more quickly than other programs:
- There are lots of options for ideally-located properties for 25,000 points per night. I don’t need a luxury experience on my hotel stays, but with many other chains, only high-end brands are located in city centers. You won’t find a Fairfield Inn in London or a Hyatt Place in Singapore, for example, forcing you to pay a higher amount of points whether or not you want that higher-end experience.
- Stackable promotions. While no individual promotion is hugely lucrative, the ability to pile on five or ten promotions on a single night stay can turn a $100 room into a 10,000-point bonanza. Considering Pointbreaks hotels are as low as 5,000 points per night and even the fanciest Intercontinentals are 50,000 points per night, you can get a free night after just a few paid stays if you’re strategic about it.
I tend to register for about 10 promotions before every Priority Club stay, which can add up in bonuses quickly. The downside is that most of these promotions are once per lifetime of an account (though new ones come out frequently!), and most of them require your stay to be completed within 90 days of registering. The best way, I’ve found, to take advantage of that is to wait to register until you know you have an upcoming stay. If you want to use each promotion twice, rotate your stays between your account and your travel companion’s.
Here are a bunch of promotions that appear to still be valid. Add them up and get free nights quickly! Just head over to the registration page and enter in the relevant code.
- Elite Members: 3,000 Bonus Points When You Stay Within 90 Days (Code 1228)
- 1500 Bonus Points When You Stay Within 90 Days (Code 2120)
- New Members: 1500 Bonus Points When You Stay Within 90 Days (Code 3107)
- 5000 Bonus Points When You Stay 2 Consecutive Weekend Nights (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun through December 31) (Code 3136)
- 5000 Bonus Points with a 2-Night Staybridge Suites Stay (Code 4997)
- 1500 Bonus Points When You Stay Within 90 Days (Code 5109)
- Platinum Members: 3000 Bonus Points on Your Next Stay (Code 5221)
- 1000 Points Per Stay For The Next 90 days (Code 6102)
- Platinum Members: 3000 Bonus Points on Your Next Stay (Code 7489)
- 1000 Points Per Stay For The Next 60 days (Code 8108)
- $25 Gift Card for Booking Stay Online (Valid through December 31, 2012; Code 9983; head to rewardchoice.com/redeem to claim your gift card)
It’s great to check on your offers and see a ton of registrations linked to your account…but it looks like I’ve got some work to do!
Additionally, don’t forget you can earn cashback on your reservation by starting your purchase at a shopping portal.