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This morning I got an email from a reader (thank you!) letting me know that she just received an email regarding her Chase Priority Club Visa. The email stated that she would now have Platinum (top tier) status with Priority Club as long as she remained a cardholder. I have not yet checked with Chase directly about this, but according to this Flyertalk thread, it may not apply to all cardholder accounts, though that does seem somewhat odd, so perhaps it is just rolling out in phases.
Normally, Platinum status requires 50+ nights per year or 60,000 points earned in a year. Of course, those who spend time on message boards such as Flyertalk or Milepoint likely know faster ways to get 60,000 points than just through regular stays. Regardless, getting the status granted as a perk of a credit card is interesting. There is already some talk that this further devalues Platinum status with Priority Club. I suppose that is true, but Platinum with Priority Club isn’t that amazing to begin with, so the benefits that seem most valuable to me personally would not be devalued by having additional travelers with that status. Here is a chart that lists the various perks that come along with the different levels in the Priority Club elite program.
Unlike with many other hotel chains, top tier with Priority Club does not provide guaranteed free breakfast (though some properties do provide that even though it isn’t required). It also does not have any guaranteed suite nights like you would find with Hyatt or Starwood. However, the chance at an upgraded room and 50% bonus points on base earnings never hurt anyone.
Given that this card comes with a 60K – 80K sign-up bonus, now comes with ongoing Platinum status for at least many accounts, awards a free night certificate annually (to be used anywhere except all inclusive properties), gives a 10% rebate on points redeemed, has no foreign transaction fee, and only carries a $49 annual fee, it is certainly worth considering. With so many great Chase offers, I will be sitting out on this one for a while, but it is still a pretty good deal for many. In theory 80,000 points would give you 16 free nights on PointBreaks nights, at 5,000 points each (and a new PointBreaks list should be coming out in the very near future). Of course, not everyone’s travel plans will line up with PointBreak deals, but it is a great deal when they do, and can be a great way to really maximize the sign-up bonus that comes with this card.
If you have the Chase Priority Club credit card, did you receive an email informing you of your new (or continued) Platinum status? Will this influence your decision to keep the card past the first year?