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I’m going to keep this short as we are wiped out after a day at the rodeo, but I wanted to share my experience getting in just under the wire with a Priority Club booking on the old award chart. As a quick recap, Priority Club changed (devalued) their award chart in January, but allowed Priority Club members to call in through March 18th and request a room under the old award chart. This cannot be done online.
Today I called Priority Club at 1-888-211-9874 and requested a room at the Crowne Plaza Times Square for 25,000 points – the new rate will be 35,000 points. Considering how easily I got those points, this was a heck of a deal for a night in Manhattan on a day when rates for that, and similar hotels, were easily close to $500. I was transferred once and then spoke with a lady who understood what I wanted to do and gave me a “goodwill adjustment” of 10,000 additional points so I could book at the new rate of 35,000 points without actually spending more than 25,000 points.
The whole process of calling in, being transferred, and being on-hold took about 10 minutes, but it was absolutely worth it for 10,000 points. If you have any interested in locking in a room at the old redemption rate, then act quickly. You can typically cancel until a couple days before the reservation without penalty, so there is not a huge risk in making a speculative booking (just double check the cancellation policy for that specific hotel). I can’t tell from reading this article if the old rates are available through March 18th or until March 18th, but either way there isn’t much time left. I would call tonight to be on the safe side. You can learn more about which hotels are changing redemption rates and more on this Flyertalk thread.
PS. Since I mentioned we were at the rodeo today, I wanted to add that in addition to being fun, rodeos are very good for teaching little kids patience. The only way to ride a pony is to wait in the (long) line for your turn. At least you get to watch them while you wait. 😉