Priority Club PointsBreak Makes Buying Points Worthwhile

One Mile at a Time points out something that I had been meaning to write about a good while back but somehow didn’t… that the extreme value of Priority Club PointBreaks awards make purchasing points from Priority Club worthwhile.

When you find an expensive hotel such as a top-flight Intercontinental being offered at 5,000 points a night, it may make sense to buy those 5000 points for $50. That’s a better deal in most cases than you’ll ever see on Priceline.

They’re offering 10% bonus on points purchased through April 14th, and that can be a reasonable offer to use in topping off an account anyway. But in general I wouldn’t purchase points now just in hopes of using them later for a PointsBreak hotel — since other uses of Priority Club points won’t generally bring back more than 4/5ths of a cent in value.

Still, a worthwhile strategy to occasionally check what’s being offered with PointsBreak and then figure out whether you want to buy the points in order to buy the discounted award room.

Not a silver bullet by any stretch, but one more for the arsenal.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Definitely sounds like a good idea — if you can find a pointbreak that works for you. I’ve looked a couple of times, but never with any success. Indeed, the selection has always been so lame that I assumed nothing “good” is ever offered. But One Mile At A Time says he’s seen the higher end properties, so I guess I’ll look more frequently.

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