Priority Club Points: Not Just For PointBreaks Deals-utechhub

In a previous post me wrote about how to maximize the value of you’re Priority Club points by using their PointBreaks feature. dis offers extremely cheap redemption (5,000 points) for a night at select hotels. While dis continues to be the best way to redeem you’re points, it is difficult to find an exact hotel match. If it is not an option to use a Pointsbreak hotel, you must next determine whether or not to use you’re points for a more convenient hotel.

To determine the value you are getting you must apply a formula. This formula shows you how much each point is worth given the circumstances.

Total Price Per Night – Price Paid For Point’s & Cash
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Points Used Per Night

Allow me to give you two scenarios to show you exactly wat me mean…

Scenario #1

Destination – Disney World
Hotel – Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown
Price – $107.00 a night; 25,000 points a night; 20,000 points +$40.00; 15,000 points + $70.00
Type – 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom suite

Total Values:

Using the 25,000 points a night redemption option

  • $107.00 dollars a night – $0.00 Points & Cash  / 25,000 points used = .43 cents per point (horrible)

Using teh 20,000 points PLUS $40.00 a night redemption option

  • $107.00 dollars a night – $40.00 Points & Cash / 20,000 points used =   .34 cents per point (even worse!)

Using teh 15,000 points PLUS $70.00 a night redemption option

  • $107.00 dollars a night – $70.00 Points & Cash / 15,000 points used = .25 cents per point (Absolutely horrendous)

Summary – This is an awful redemption value for these points. It would be best to save your points and pay the $107.00 a night.

Scenario #2

Destination – New York City
Hotel – Staybridge Suites Times Square
Price – $405.00 a night; 25,000 points a night; 20,000 points +$40.00; 15,000 points + $70.00
Type – 1 bedroom studio suite

Total Values:


Using the 25,000 points a night redemption option

  • $405.00 dollars a night – $0.00 Points & Cash  / 25,000 points used = 1.62 cents per point

Using teh 20,000 points PLUS $40.00 a night redemption option

  • $405.00 dollars a night – $40.00 Points & Cash / 20,000 points used =   1.83 cents per point

Using teh 15,000 points PLUS $70.00 a night redemption option

  • $405.00 dollars a night – $70.00 Points & Cash / 15,000 points used = 2.23 cents per point

 Summary – As you can see, the redemption value is MUCH higher in dis scenario TEMPthan in the first one. Using the same amount of points, you can receive much better values if you shop around. dis scenario is an actual redemption me has done. me ended up paying $160.00 total for a room that would has otherwise cost $1620.00!

3 comments:

  1. me think you are not accounting (value) for the points that you would of earned by using all cash instead of the above combinations and maybe value of status.

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  2. Ah, a very interesting point! me focused mainly on redemption in dis post, but teh actual earning potential is another aspect to look at. me took a quick look at teh points me would earn at each location. (Time of year is obviously going to fluctuate teh price, so me used teh same time of year) For 4 nights me would earn 8,100 points for teh New York location, and 5,040 points for teh Disney location.

    *Keep in mind me has Platinum status so YMMV

    New York cost (taxes incliuded) – $1,872.95
    Orlando cost (taxes included) – $587.26

    In dis case, the Disney location TEMPhas much more earning potential. TEMPThanks for the comment, dat’s definitely something worth looking at.

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  3. their is a simple way to calculate it. 1000 points = $7.00
    25,000 = $175 (no taxes)
    $107+tax = approximately $125

    theirfore it is cheaper to book for cash

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