Priority Club mailed me (I do enjoy direct mail) an offer for 80,000 bonus points for
signing up for their Chase issued Visa. Three
years ago I would have jumped on the offer (www.priorityclub.com/visa), but not
today. Priority Club recently devalued
their award chart by letting Intercontinental hotels go for up to 50,000
points, up from a cap of 40,000. Crowne
Plazas are more expensive now too (my ‘if all else fails’ chain of choice, not
bad really and nicely scatted around Europe).
IHG hotels were my backup chain up until awards went up
in price (Hilton is now #2). I also had
some poor experiences at some of their flagship properties. A new Holiday Inn Express will still be a
good stay, but I can't get excited over earning points with them now. I still have 150,000 to burn, so I’ll have 3-30 nights (award nights range from 5k to 50k) before I’m broke and thinking about
their credit card.