Priority Club is running a promotion during which they are giving a 50% bonus on purchased points (AKA a 33% reduction in the price of points.) Right now you can buy 4,000 Priority Club points for the normal price of $54 and receive 2,000 points free for a total of 6,000 points.
This sale is noteworthy for planning purposes. Priority Club interests me for exactly one reason. Every two months they release a PointBreaks list of hotels that are available for 5,000 points per night. As I’ve discussed, any hotel on that list can be had for $35 per night. See How to Book Any PointBreaks Hotel for $35 Per Night.
The current list–valid through December 10–features tons of Holiday Inns like the one I stayed at for 5,000 points in Krakow, Poland as well as Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and even a few Intercontinentals.
Perhaps the only thing better than the 5,000 point price is that points can be purchased from Priority Club for 0.7 cents each, meaning you can turn $35 cash into a hotel night on any continent. It’s all there with screen shots in How to Book Any PointBreaks Hotel for $35 Per Night.
But there’s one catch. To be able to purchase points for 0.7 cents each, you need to have 5,000+ points in your Priority Club account. Conveniently Priority Club is a transfer partner of Ultimate Rewards, so you can transfer 5,000 Ultimate Rewards into Priority Club.
The problem is that Ultimate Rewards are very valuable, since they transfer 1:1 to United and Hyatt instantly among many others. So burning 5,000 Ultimate Rewards was annoying, but I did it because it unlocked $35 hotel nights.
Now there’s a better way to seed your Priority Club account with the 5,000 points you need to be able to purchase more points for 0.7 cents.
Click here to go to the current sale page for Priority Club points. The prices are the normal prices and depend on how many you purchase.
Buying 5,000+ points is easy. Type in your Priority Club info, select the 4,000 + 2,000 bonus options for $54, and enter your credit card info.
This is a much better deal than transferring 5,000 Ultimate Rewards to seed your account. In this scenario, you spend $54 and get 6,000 Priority Club points. In the Ultimate Rewards scenario, you spend 5,000 Ultimate Rewards and get 5,000 Priority Club points.
If we value 1,000 Priority Club points at $7, you are basically spending $47 extra ($54 cash – $7 in extra points) to save 5,000 Ultimate Rewards.
I think almost anyone would purchase 5,000 Ultimate Rewards for $47! If you could do such a thing, you could purchase roundtrip business class tickets to Europe for $940 or a night at the top tier Park Hyatts for around $200–no-brainers.
Should you buy the points now?
The bonus on points runs through November 22. I would set up a Priority Club account and purchase the points now. That way the next time you want to make a PointBreaks booking you are ready. If you wait, you’ll have to purchase points at full price or make an Ultimate Rewards transfer when you want to make a PointBreaks booking.
Priority Club is giving a 50% bonus on purchased points at the moment. This represents a cheap way to seed your Priority Club account with 5,000+ points. Having 5,000 points in your account is the threshold at which you can buy more points for 0.7 cents each.
Once you start buying points for 0.7 cents, you can stay at any PointBreaks hotel for $35 per night as I outlined here: How to Book Any PointBreaks Hotel for $35 Per Night.
I would take advantage of this promotion, so you don’t have to transfer Ultimate Rewards later to seed your account.