Attached to my InterContinental Ambassador statement this month, alongside the warning of the massive devaluation of the reward chart on the 18th, was an interesting InterContinental deal.
Up to April 8th, you will receive 5,000 bonus Priority Club points when you stay at any of 22 European InterContinental hotels. See this webpage for details.
Of course, there is a catch. You need to book at the special ’5000 bonus points’ rate, which may be more expensive than the standard flexible rate.
In Berlin on February 9th, for example, the 5000 points rate is €164, versus Best Flexible at €159. Clearly the bonus rate is a good deal here for just €5 more. In Paris on the same night, however, the price is the same – although both rates are a lot more than a prepaid, non-refundable rate. You should check carefully to ensure you are not making a bad bargain.
The good news is that the 5,000 points SHOULD count towards status, under the new structure.