Up to 80,000 Bonus Priority Club Points

9 September, 2011

Priority Club has a promotion where you earn 500 bonus points per stay between 15 September and 31 December 2011.  In addition to the 500 bonus points if you stay at more than one brand the points may be multiplied by up to 4x.

For example, if you stay at a Holiday Inn 4 times you will receive 2,000 bonus points (500 points for each of the 4 stays), if you stay at a Crowne Plaza 6 times you will receive another 6,000 bonus points plus at the end of the promotion you will receive an additional 8,000 bonus points because you stayed at two brands.  This multiple brands will be up to 4 brands to make 4x the bonus after the promotion ends.

For those earning miles, the promotion is similar with 100 bonus miles per stay up to 16,000 bonus miles.

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Recent Priority Club Surprise

23 August, 2011

Lucky over at One Mile at a Time has offered some interesting ideas on a recent Priority Club mistake.  Over the weekend various people including Lucky (and including myself) received 60,000 points for Crack the Case Visa Activation.  Unfortunately, I never applied for, nor activated a PC Visa.  Obviously I am totally okay with getting extra points but I did not really think about it much at the time I just noticed it and that was all.

Yesterday morning, I noticed that the points were gone.  I assumed that PC simply corrected the mistake they made.  In my PC account there was no negative transaction but I cannot see any other reason they would have deducted them.  I do not have a problem with this since I never really earned them in the first place.

Apparently though, others who received these points, used them for rewards and now have negative balances.  Lucky is torn a bit over whether these should be honoured or not.  I am not so torn on it.  I would be shocked if PC honours them nor do I think PC should honour them.  While I will not go so far to say that the people who spent them did them as a means to use something they knew they did not earn (it is possible that some people overlooked it). 

I do however thing that with all of the mistakes in miles awarded (or not awarded) for Verizon Headphones, and such, that we have lost a simple concept.  This concept is of common sense and of responsibility as a customer or client.  Yes I do realise that mistakes do happen and sometimes people are awarded miles or points in disproportionate amounts for relatively little spending on their part, but this is not something we should expect to happen.

In the Verizon “GlitterGate” case, unless there is evidence of Verizon or Cartera deliberately inflating the mile number in order to drive sales (and if this happened I am not sure it would have been to their advantage because of all the returns which would happen when the miles were not honoured) we should assume that it was an innocent mistake.  As a mistake, we should not get worked up too much when the mistake is fixed and the unearned windfall is not awarded.  This seems to be common sense to me.

In the case of the PC points.  I am thinking that people would have known that being awarded points for something they never did would qualify as a mistake.  Going on to use those points anyway seems to be not just a little dishonest in my opinion.   Now arguments can be made that the award was confirmed, etc… but if the points used to confirm the award were not really belonging to the person using them, this argument is void.

Through my short time in the miles game I have noticed that many many people are trying to earn more miles or be more efficient with how they earn them.  However, there also seems to be a rather vocal minority who are determined to get something for nothing and when the mistake they tried to take advantage of gets fixed, these people feel entitled to the mistake total anyway.  I mentioned in the milepoint forum about this already and I will repeat it here.  This type of behaviour gives us all a bad name.  We win some we lose some but get over it when it doesn’t work and don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

I am very eager to hear your opinions about this.


500 Free Priority Club Points

17 August, 2011

Priority Club is offering 500 bonus points for enrolling in their Rewards on the go service which is essentially a bunch of travel deals sent by sms message instead of by email.  In order to get the points you need to sign up, register a visa card and that is all.


What are some good free ways to get miles?

14 January, 2011

Many people know about getting miles from credit cards and of course from actually flying but there are other ways to get miles for free as well. 

Online Shopping

One of the most common is through online shopping.  Many airlines have online shopping malls where you enter in your flyer number and use their special link in order to earn miles per $ you spend.  For example you can earn 2 miles per $ you spend at Walmart.com if you do it through the AAdvantage e shopping link.  Air Canada, Continental, USAir, United, Delta, Cathay Pacific and many others also have shopping portals like this.  The miles are essentially free (assuming you were going to spend the money on the stuff you order anyway)

Toolbars

So far, AA and US have released toolbars to download which offer miles for using their search feature.  For every 3 searches you earn 1 mile up to a maximum of 100 miles per month.  The two toolbars mentioned here (also linked on this page) also help with online shopping so that you do not always have to use a link but the toolbar itself will help you get mileage credit.  Not every merchant allows this though, so sometimes you must still use the links.  In addition to the airline toolbars, the Bing Rewards toolbar gives Bing points for searches and various other things.  While these do not help with earning miles for shopping, the points can be exchanged for American miles at present.  For all of you thinking that you can just get the toolbar and make 300 searches in about an hour to get all the miles… think again, the toolbar uses some formula to determine if you are actually using it for searching or trying to game the system.  It will not award miles if you have an irregular search pattern.

Club Bing

Club Bing is a game website which awards tickets for playing various games.  The whole thing seems to be a huge excuse for Microsoft to increase its search traffic because you must search in order to complete many of the games but the games can be quite fun and the tickets can be exchanged for miles on American, Delta, USAir, Alaska Airlines, Frontier and Hawaiian.  You can earn a maximum of 11,100 miles this way to be all on one airline or split up between them in various denominations.  If you are really obsessed you could play the games and get the required tickets in about a month but for the rest of us it will take a while.  If you search on the internet there are various ways to cheat and bot the website but I cannot recommend this because if Microsoft figures this out you will never get the prizes you redeem the tickets for.  In addition to miles, the tickets can be used for all sorts of things such as books, jackets, digital cameras and netbooks.

Dining Programmes

This has had various names over time including Rewards Network and iDine.  I not think the name matters much but the programme itself is quite useful.  After registering your credit or debit card you will earn miles (or points, or cash back or various things) for every dollar you spend at participating restaurants.  This is offered by AA, USAir, Delta, Alaska, United and Southwest.  You can also earn PC or Hilton Points if you wish or even college loan savings contributions.  They all work on the same basic system, you sign up, register the card(s) and earn 3 miles per $ for the first 10 dines and then 5 miles per $ after.  From time to time they have bonuses as well which help miles rack up.

Thanks Again

Thanks Again is a bit like the dining programme but it works with dry cleaning, golfing and a few other places as well as an online shopping mall like the airlines have.  This is available for United, Delta, USAir, Continental and Alaska Airlines.  Instead of miles you can also decide to earn American Express gift cards.  For a while, if you “like” them in Facebook you would get 100 miles for free.  I am not sure if this is still happening though.

Opinion Place

For those interested in American AAdvantage miles, Opinion Place allows you to earn between 50 and 150 miles for surveys.  Qualifying is not always easy so you could go months without getting anything but you never know.  If you have too many miles you can also opt for Paypal credits or AOL credits.

E-Rewards

This is somewhat like Opinion Place except you must be invited to participate.  Getting an E-Rewards invite is not terribly difficult if you are signed up for one of the participating programmes.  After getting invited you answer a bunch of questions about your preferences and such so it can find surveys to match your interests.  Unlike Opinion Place, if you do not qualify you still get some bit of reward, it is not huge but it is nice.  I will not list them all here but some of the partners include Priority Club, USAir, Hilton, Continental, La Quinta and Virgin Atlantic.

E-Miles

E-Miles is sort of a survey site but also gives miles for buying or doing certain things.  For example you may answer some questions for how soon you plan to buy a car for 5 miles but if you buy something from company A or donate to charity B you can earn extra miles.  I suppose if you are really into it you could earn quite a few miles but for the totally free ones you will probably get about 1,000 miles per year.  It is available for Frontier, USAir, Continental, Delta, Hilton, AirTran and Alaska Airlines.  You can sign up for multiple programmes if you use a different email address for each one.

This is all for the intro for now.  As I find other ways I will add some new descriptions


Last Day of 2010, What New Plans for 2011

31 December, 2010

As 2010 comes to an end it might be good to review what bonuses I was able to get over the course of the year and what might help all of you in the next year.  Before I get emails and such telling me about all the stuff I missed, let me say this is a blog for the beginner.  I know I missed many things and I am getting better at it but I am not a pro yet so give it time.  We have to be patient before we can all get tonnes of miles.

American Airlines

Nothing huge, only the normal miles from flying, using my Mastercard and the dining programme.  in addition to these I have done almost all of my shopping through the AAdvantage shopping mall to gain miles that way too.  I do expect more in the next year when I get to take advantage of the 100,000 mile bonus from the business visa card.  With the travel to Brazil I will be doing next year this should also bring in loads of miles here since AA is my main airline now.

Continental

25,000 miles from the Chase bank account offer.  Mileathon is also coming back next year.  I skipped it last year because I figured Continental miles were useless to me but now that they are combining with United that is no longer so.  If anyone wants to get the new Continental Mastercard from Chase, it may be a good idea to wait for Mileathon to begin before doing that.

USAir

Yes I know, they have been US Airways for years now but that just takes too long to write.  The Grand Slam promotion netted about 98,000 miles in bonus and in the miles that came with the activities.  Not sure if it will happen again next year but if it does I will be on board for sure.

Priority Club

With all of the promotions this year I ended up getting nearly 100,000 points and that does not count the Crack the Case promotion which is not over yet.  PC points are incredibly easy to come by by both staying and not staying.  I have not found them to be a good deal though unless they are used for PointsBreak rewards in which case they are invaluable.


US Mint, Priority Club and GoMiles

7 October, 2010

Yes I know, I am becoming more of a shameless promoter of GoMiles but… recently they redesigned the user interface.  The good news is that everything fits into the web browser window much better now.  Also, they have added new programmes to the site.  The bad news though is that the numbers in the bar graph of how many miles you have are so small that they are nearly impossible to read.  Granted, this could be due to my resolution settings and not have anything to do with GoMiles settings at all but it is also not a deal breaker.

In other news, I did finally order some coins from the US Mint for the miles.  They are actually turning out to be quite handy.  Instead of sending them right to the bank to pay the credit card bill (and thus completely violating the spirit of what he mint is trying to do with making these coins available with free shipping), they are allowing me to “get miles” for some things which I would not ordinarily earn miles on.  A good example of this is paying tolls.

Finally, the Priority Pointsbreak list is out.  This is the list of hotels where you can redeem 5000 points for one night free. http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/pc/1/en/c/2/content/dec/pc/0/en/points/us/hre/pointbreaks.html?rateCode=IVANI


Priority Club Anywhere Challenge

27 September, 2010

Well the Priority Club is keeping up its tradition of innovative promotions to earn lots of points without actually staying in one of their hotels.  This time they are promoting their feature of using Priority Club points to stay in any hotel even non Intercontinental partner hotels.  So for this challenge, they are giving pictures of scenes from around the world with new hints 4 days a week and a more complete picture each time a new hint comes.  This is to run for 8 weeks.  The first three have been Aruba, Nepal and Alaska.  Of course the rules say that you must be specific about where the scene is from so you cannot just say Alaska, you must say Kanai River, Alaska, USA.  Depending on when you get the correct answer depends on how many points you get for that week.  It can be either 2,000, 1,500, 1,000 or 500.  The game can be found here: https://challenge.priorityclub.com/


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