80,000 Chase Priority Club Visa is STILL Available.
Alert: Priority Club has devalued their award card twice in the last year. I wouldn’t apply for this card over the cards on my sick deals page.
This is a Chase card, so I would think long and hard about applying for it. Chase seems to have all the best offers right now, so you want to choose your Chase apps wisely. I applied for this card last year after the Chase Sapphire and Southwest cards.
I really enjoy my Priority Club card and plan on keeping it for a long time. The $49 annual fee is waived for the first year, but I’m keeping my Priority Club Visa because you get a free night voucher every anniversary. That’s well worth the $49 annual fee. Also, the card has no foreign transaction fee, so it’s good for traveling internationally.
You can apply for the card here: Priority Club Visa
Tip: You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Priority Club, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Keep those points for flights.
Automatic Platinum Status….For life, as long as you hold the Priority Club Visa
The great thing about the Priority Club card is that it comes with automatic Platinum Status! You need to earn 60,000 PC points, or 50 stays, to earn Platinum status and points earned for signing up for the Visa count toward this. There you go, Elite perks brother. I recently parlayed my Platinum status with Priority Club into trial Diamond status with Hyatt.
Another perk that Priority Club just announced is that as long as you hold the Priority Club Visa, you will keep your Platinum status. Forever. That’s nice of Priority Club. I received my email last week stating this, but others are still waiting on their email confirmation. Should just be a matter of time.
Platinum Perks with Priority Club are:
The Platinum benefits aren’t great with Priority Club, but they sure are better than nothing. Complimentary room upgrades aren’t automatic and you aren’t allowed upgrades at Inter-Continental properties. Boo. Still, there are some perks listed above that aren’t too shabby for just signing up for a credit card.
What is Priority Club?
Priority Club is a hotel group that consists of Inter-Continental, Crown Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Staybridge, and the Candle Wood suites. There are a wide range of hotel properties that should be able to meet your particular wants and desires. I try to go classy at the Inter-Continental, but there are times when I like to stretch my points out and I’ll choose the Holiday Inn Express or meet in the middle and stay at the Crown Plaza.
What 80,000 Priority Club Points will get you
A couple months ago, Priority Club raised their rates on their rewards chart. I’m not a fan of inflation, but it’s inevitable. Here’s Priority Club’s new award chart.
Here’s a quick idea of what 80,000 Priority Club points will do for you. How about 5-7 nights in Paris at a Holiday Inn? I know, I know. Calm down. The Holiday Inn in Paris is in a great location and it’s actually not too bad. Just an option to streeeetch out your points. However, I prefer to use the cash and points method when redeeming Priority Club points for hotels. I am redeeming 60,000 points and $40 at the Intercontinental in downtown San Francisco next month. The rooms were pricing out around $300 a night so I’m saving $600 (not that I would pay that). But those are the two extreme examples of redeeming Priority Club points for hotels. Booking a Crowne Plaza can be a sweet spot. You can find Crown Plaza’s for 25k points a night or 20k points plus $40 a night. Not too shabby.
One last nugget is Priority Club has what they call Point Breaks. Point Breaks are discounted reward nights priced at 5k points a night! No joke. The destinations change and can be hard to come by, but there aren’t many deals better than 5k a night. You can check Priority Club’s website to find the most current Point Breaks hotels. Insane value here, if you can find convenient hotels.
Noob’s Final Thoughts
It’s my duty to lay out ALL the rewards credit cards for y’all and this is just another Chase option to think about when you are doing your next set of credit card apps. I wouldn’t apply for the Priority Club card unless you already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred®, Ink Bold® Business Card, or Ink Plus® Business Card. But if you already have the main airlines cards and you are looking for a Chase hotel card, weigh your options and see which rewards card meets your needs best.
I hope this helps and holler at me if you have any questions.
— Noob Master