Several readers have asked how I’m bumping up my balances. A year ago in Chicago, my buddy Bikeguy made a suggestion I never got around to. Now is the time… Dave, thanks for the info. Better late than never…
Priority Club has numerous promotions running constantly for additional points above and beyond the actual stay credit. You must register in advance and many times there is a posting from multiple promotions for the same stay. Dave’s Chicago Seminar stay at the Elk Grove Holiday Inn paid him around 20,000 points IIRC. Mine was the measly 2,000 we were promised.
The key, according to Dave, seems to be to register for the multiple promos just prior to the upcoming stay. I can’t tell you how often the computer looks for multiple registrations, but why take a chance? Register just before your stay.
The registration page for Priority Club promos is here. Save this page in your bookmarks or favorites. There is a thread on Flyertalk (and probably on Milepoint as well) that lists all the current promotions found by other travel crazies.
Read through the thread for promotions that may fit your upcoming stay and register one by one on the registration page you saved in your favorites. You might be surprised by the number of points one stay can earn you. For my stay last weekend in College Park, I registered for 13 different promotions.
And here, provided by a reader Gary G is a link to all the current promos as provided by a PriorityClub Insider. This one is worth bookmarking or saving as a favorite.
Good luck and I’ll let you know how I do. UPDATE: As of this morning my promo points are posting. I’ve earned 13,000 points from this one nights stay.
DO NOT call Priority Club to try to register for multiple promotions in one phone call. As always, try and complete registration online and accept the ultimate results without calling for an update of one that did not take. The less said, the better.
Let Me Refer YOU to Priority Club and We Both Win
If you let me refer you and you make a stay (hopefully using this technique ) you’ll get 7,500 extra points for staying in an Staybridge or Candlewood Suites in the next 90 days, or 5,000 points for staying at any one of the other brands. I get matching points as well. Drop me an email and I’ll get us both some points.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49