My husband and I have a number of points with Starwood, Hilton, and Priority Club, most of them from credit card sign ups. I checked out the W Hong Kong (Starwood)- expensive, The Conrad (Hilton)- doesn't really look like our style, and even considered transferring some points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to stay at the Grand Hyatt. Finally there's the good ol' Intercontinental Hong Kong (Priority Club) where we stayed during Babymoon 2011. My husband is the Priority Club guy in the household. He has the credit card and the Platinum Ambassador status, he knows the system, and he usually takes care of all things hotel-related on most of our trips. Not this time. We are already using a lot of his points (and status) to get the most out of our upcoming stays in Singapore and Bali, and since this little extra stopover in Hong Kong was my idea, guess who gets to pay for it. That right, me.
It turns out I have quite a few Priority Club points too! Before I was banned from Topguest, I managed to rack up quite a few of them (and at one point Gold status too). So for most of us the Topguest ship sailed a long time ago, but if you somehow weren't in on the deal, you can still sign up at topguest.com and earn points for "checking in" via Foursquare. Just don't try and rig an auto check in service because recent foursquare updates make it blatantly obvious that you're cheating (i.e. Michelle just checked in to the local Holiday Inn Express via auto4sq.com). In the end it didn't seem to matter whether you cheated or played fairly, we all got shut down the same. Anyway, the deal was good while it lasted and still may be for whatever you can get out of it.
In addition to the Topguest
I also stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in New Mexico in 2008, and who knows where else over the years (I've been a Priority Club member since 2001) so some of those points may very well have come from actual hotel stays- but I'm guessing it's a minority of them. My Priority Club account for the most part has been neglected since we started using my husband's.
When I logged into my account the other day, I had just over 32,000 points. I had narrowed down our choices in Hong Kong to two: the Intercontinental Hong Kong and the Crowne Plaza Causeway Bay. Both properties require the same amount of points. Since we stayed at the IC back in 2011, I thought it might be fun to try someplace new. I also wasn't planning on getting lucky with a Harbour View room at the Intercontinental like we did last time, especially since this stay is on my account and I don't have any status. I like the Causeway Bay area because of the convenient shopping and dining choices plus they have a rooftop infinity pool (The IC would like you to think they have one too, but it turns out it is for the Presidential Suites only). Crowne Plaza it is!
|Priority Club in Hong Kong|
To top off the account I redeemed 60 e-Rewards dollars for 2,200 more Priority Club points, which put me 265 points frustratingly short of the 35,000 I needed. My next move was going to be a transfer of 1,000 points from my Chase Ultimate Rewards account at a rate of 1:1. That kind of annoyed me because I didn't want to use those Ultimate Rewards for Priority Club points (they are much more valuable transferred elsewhere), and if I counted the $7.90 cost of what it would cost to replenish those points by buying a couples of Vanilla Reloads at the store, my stay wouldn't be so free anymore. Luckily, Jason from Miles Quest saved the day by posting about how to get 1,000 points from VISA for watching a short film about the Priority Club credit card. I watched the movie and the points should be in my account by the time you are reading this.
|Redeeming e-Rewards for Priority Club points|
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