For those of you who haven't yet heard of Priority Club, it's the rewards program of the IC Hotels Group, which includes brands such as the Intercontinental, the Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Hotel Indigo, and Crowne Plaza. Many of these properties can exceed the $200/night mark, and most always you'll find them over $100 at the very least.
Luckily, Priority Club offers "PointBreaks" - a list of hotels updated every 2-3 months that are available for a mere 5,000 points (which can be purchased for as low as $11.50 - $13.50 per 1,000 points, depending on the size of your order, or earned through stays). This can provide some steep discounts when compared to the actual booking rates through its website or through sites like Expedia.
Canadians are especially in luck - a mere 750 AirMiles Reward Miles (which literally every Canadian has) nets you 10,000 Priority Club points - enough for 2 free nights! This is by far the BEST way to redeem your AirMiles, Canucks.
Here's the best (in my humble opinion) of the offerings this time around. This is just a small slice - others may be of interest to you. Check out the entire list, here.
Note that the Crowne Plaza Champs Elysees (next to the Arc de Triomphe!) can be had as low as $57.50 through this promotion. This hotel retails for $277 Euros (around $350 per night) on their website - so it's quite a savings! That is, if there is availability for when you will travel - these won't last long.
Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
Crowne Plaza Hotel LOS ANGELES HARBOR HOTEL, CALIFORNIA
Staybridge Suites DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, COLORADO
Crowne Plaza Hotel CHICAGO-NORTH SHORE, ILLINOIS
Holiday Inn Express BALTIMORE-BWI AIRPORT WEST, MARYLAND
Crowne Plaza Hotel MPLS/ST PAUL ARPT-MALL OF AMERICA, MINNESOTA (
Holiday Inn GW BRIDGE-FORT LEE NYC AREA, NEW JERSEY
Holiday Inn CALGARY-MACLEOD TRAIL SOUTH, ALBERTA
Holiday Inn WINDSOR DOWNTOWN, ONTARIO (metro Detroit, Michigan - across the river)
Crowne Plaza Hotel HAMILTON, ONTARIO
Holiday Inn Express QUEBEC CITY (SAINTE-FOY), QUEBEC
Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites MEXICO CITY AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites MONTERREY CENTRO-AV. COLON
Holiday Inn Express PUERTO MONTT, CHILE
Crowne Plaza Hotel BELEM, BRAZIL
Crowne Plaza Hotel MINSK, BELARUS
Holiday Inn PRAGUE CONGRESS CENTRE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Crowne Plaza Hotel PARIS-CHAMPS ELYSEES, FRANCE
Express by Holiday Inn FRANKFURT AIRPORT, GERMANY
Crowne Plaza Hotel MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE, ENGLAND
Express by Holiday Inn CANTERBURY, ENGLAND
InterContinental Hotel BEIJING FINANCIAL STREET, CHINA
Crowne Plaza Hotel BEIJING, CHINA
Holiday Inn COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Holiday Inn JEDDAH-AL SALAM, SAUDI ARABIA
InterContinental Hotel GIZA (PYRAMIDS PARK RESORT), EGYPT
Holiday Inn ACCRA AIRPORT, GHANA
Australia & Oceania
Crowne Plaza Hotel PELICAN WATERS GOLF RESORT & SPA, SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA
Crowne Plaza Hotel TORQUAY (Great Ocean Road), AUSTRALIA
These hotels are valid for bookings through February 28, 2009 only.