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Category: Intercontinental Group

Oct 13

Priority Club Shows Why it Pays to Sign Up for Programs (even if you don’t think you’ll use them)

(Subtitled “Luxury Stay in Paris for about $100, Some Conditions Apply) About six weeks ago, I mentioned the Priority Club “Accelerate” promotion, a bonus that they run about three times per year. The company gives you a list of “tasks” and offers you a ridiculous number of bonus points to fulfill them. What I like …

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Aug 25

Quarterly Priority Club bonus: Points or free nights (individualized)

A few times per year, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG, owner of Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands, others) does a personalized bonus, based on your stay history and spending patterns with its brands. There are a number of “templates” for offers and you will receive the one that is geared most closely to you.  This quarter’s bonus is …

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Jul 24

It’s been a bad week to be a tourist in the UK…

Think you’ve had it rough? Taken a two-hour delay and then gotten stuck in the middle seat directly in front of the rear lav? Be glad you’re not one of these people (Thanks to Flyertalk and Yahoo for providing some entertainment): EasyJet traveler Sean Reilly, who was denied boarding on a flight after being told …

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Jun 04

Racking up hotel points fast

FD: Certain cards may compensate me if you are approved through my banner found here. Thank you in advance! As I mentioned yesterday, I got an unusual number of questions last week when I talked about, of all things, doing surveys for miles. I like surveys-they’re easy and I can do them while watching TV. …

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May 26

Priority Club PointBreaks: Book a hotel for 5,000 points

And we’re back! I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Priority Club (IHG Rewards) just announced its list of PointBreaks opportunities, bookable from now until the end of May. These hotels, mostly within the Holiday Inn brand, are bookable for only 5,000 points per night. There aren’t a ton of them, but a …

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May 19

Earning points and miles for taking surveys

The most common question I get is “How can I easily earn XXX,000 miles by next week so that I can book a first class trip to YYY?  Fortunately, that’s also the easiest question to answer: Sadly, you can’t.  While there are numerous alternatives to flying as a way to earn miles, I have yet …

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Apr 15

Changes coming to Priority Club (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, etc)

Priority Club, the loyalty program for hotel chains Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands and others, has always been a bit of an enigma.  In terms of earning points, it is one of the best. They are generous with base and bonus earnings and the credit card is now the best in the business after the fall of Club …

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Feb 23

Lower airfares and a couple of free hotel nights

For those of you who have gotten tired of high fares, they’re not exactly going away, but January saw something we haven’t seen in a while: declining airfares in 2015 versus January, 2014.  Prices are measured using a metric called RASM, which stands for “Revenue per Available Seat Mile.”  In “plane” English (get it?), that …

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Jan 27

Double miles at Intercontinental, extra SPG Platinum bonuses and Valentine’s Day flowers…

For those who prefer to earn miles instead of hotel points, you can get double miles at Intercontinental (and other ICH hotels) through April 30.  Generally, you won’t get nearly as much value from a hotel when you take miles instead of their in-house “currency,” but double miles is not a bad deal. Starwood is …

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Jan 23

Intercontinental ups card bonus to 70,000 points

(Note: I do not receive any compensation for this card.  Just part of the service ’round these here parts.) Intercontinental’s Priority Club is not my favorite program.  The owner of the ICH brand, as well as Holiday Inn and a few others, is not known for generous perks, although they do run a ton of …

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