I Burned Up My Priority Club Points Rather Quickly
I started this year with 166,000 Priority Club points. I haven't earned points from a stay in about two years (just a few thousand here and there for opting into emails), but was feeling comfortable with my balance The last time I used Priority Club points was for my trip to Santiago, Chile and a stay at the pathetic Intercontinental Santiago. I booked it with a Points Break award, so it only cost 5,000 points a night. I was planning on using my balance on Points Break hotels or cheap roadside Holiday Inn Expresses. The math in my head worked out that my balance would buy 33 Points Break nights or 15 or so HIE nights. Two to four weeks of hotel stays is a comfortable balance.
SWISS Avro RJ100
It turns out my balance only buys five nights. I'm taking a trip to Geneva next month for the EBACE aviation trade show and need five nights in the area (the trade show is three days, but a short notice miles booking required a slightly longer stay). Three nights at the Intercontinental Geneva, one at the airport Holiday Inn, and one at a TBD hotel (all IHG hotels are booked on one night, so I'm waiting for a late cancellation). After those reservations, I have only 11,000 points left.
Waiting For The Next Adventure
I'm fine with a small balance. Priority Club points exist for when you travel somewhere without a Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Fairmont, or Startwood hotel. Priority Club also does not require hotels to recognize elite benefits on award stays (contact the hotel in advance to see if they will honor your benefits, the Crowne Plaza Helsinki did), so points stays can make for a disappointing vacation. I see it as a last resort currency only preferential to spending money and went two years without needing any points. You can also buy points from them at a rate of $60 per 10,000. It might be a while before I need to acquire more points.