Posted by Ric Garrido

Sometimes paying a bonus points rate is a good strategy for earning cheap Priority Club points. Bonus points package rates come in various sizes from 1,000 points to 5,000 points at many IHG properties. Limited time 10,000 bonus points rates are offered at a few hotels. At times these rates allow members to buy 10,000 points for under $50.

The advantage of paying a points package rate is bonus points qualify for elite status and 60,000 Priority Club points earned in a year confers Platinum elite for the next calendar year with 50% elite bonus points on all hotel stays as a Platinum elite.

Montelucia Resort & Spa, InterContinental Alliance Resort 10,000 bonus points rate for 2-night stays through January 31, 2013.

This package rate caught my attention.

Briefly.

Any deal that earns 10,000 points for $70 or less on a paid room rate is a cheap way to earn Priority Club points.

Montelucia Resort Rate Analysis on 2-night stay

Friday Jan 25-Sunday Jan 27, 2013

  • $714.22 Montelucia 10K PCR rate at $295 King Bedroom Resort View
  • $657.76 Advance Purchase, nonrefundable at $270/night.
  • $596.80 AAA rate at $243/night.

$117.42 additional cost over the AAA rate to book the 10,000 bonus points rate is a poor value rate.

The rates for this InterContinental Alliance Resort is not a cost effective strategy for Priority Club Rewards points.

Venetian Las Vegas and 4,000 Bonus Points for 2-night stays through Jan 6, 2013

The Venetian and The Palazzo are two InterContinental Alliance Resorts in Las Vegas. The Venetian has a 4,000 bonus points rate for 2-night stays through January 6, 2013.

December 4-6, 2012

  • AAA = $179/night.
  • Best Available = $179/night.
  • 4,000 bonus points = $179 per night. (Rate drops to $149 some dates in December).

For this hotel the 4,000 bonus points rate is no higher than any other available rate. This is a good rate deal for this specific hotel.

Update 8:30am Nov 30: Within an hour of posting this article I noticed an email from The Venetian/The Palazzo Grazie loyalty program showing rates at $129 for much of December 2012 for dates when the IHG website shows $149 per night. Is this a Best Rate Guarantee opportunity for a free night?

Must book this special offer rate by Dec 6.

 

Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.

8 Responses

  1. Helpful article. While I can’t currently do Vegas, I’d love to see more posts like this in the future :)

  2. @Nikki O – In early January I will be staying in Las Vegas for several days while I attend the Social Media Expo, so I expect to have more Las Vegas hotel rate analysis posts in December.

  3. My guess is that lower Venetian rates send out are not eligible for the Best Rate Guarantee. They’d probably say something like those rates aren’t available to the general public…. They’re open to the Grazie club members.

  4. I agree with Tom. I doubt casino rates aren’t eligible for BRG since it’s not publicly available.

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  6. RE: 10K bonus pts.
    We will be staying at the HIX Hope Mills (Fayetteville) NC and the Hotel Indigo, Ft Myers, FL in January. Both offer 10K bonus point rates.

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  8. I tried at the palazzo before. It was no go even though it was not a grazie rate but a rate that was open to the public. I tried for hours with several people as well. They keep saying either
    1. room not the same
    2. rate is a special rate (which it was not)
    3. they cannot find the cheaper rate
    4. computers are down
    5. more BS

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