Once you get into the miles and points games, you begin to get more familiar with the deals that come out periodically and how to best take advantage of them. One of the best is the Priority Club Point Breaks. These come out roughly every second month and allow you to redeem only 5000 points for any of the designated hotels. While most of the hotels are in cities and may appeal more to business travelers, there are often bargains to be had in resorts and more exotic destinations. Priority Club is a great program for non-frequent travelers as they have many promos throughout the year to get points. I will be sharing these opportunities as they come up. If you are in a hurry and have no points at all, you can buy Priority Club points or get their Chase credit card. More details HERE.
Here’s a few from the current list that can benefit eco-travelers and are valid through 31 January 2013.
Intercontinental Jakarta Midplaza – Although Aussies will usually access the birder’s paradises of Seram and West Papua via Bali, people coming from Europe and North America are more likely to connect in Jakarta to an Indonesian domestic flight. Seram has the Moluccan Cockatoo and more! West Papua is full of fascinating birds including many species of Birds of Paradise, Palm Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots, several Lorikeets, Pesquet’s Parrots and more! I will be there next year!
Holiday Inn Suva – You would be passing through here several times if you are using the domestic flights or ferries to get to Taveuni to see Red-throated Lorikeets or Red Shining Parrots; or Viti Levu to see Masked Shining Parrots.
Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum Costa Rica – Useful if you are traveling to Costa Rica to head out to Carara National Park for Scarlet Macaws, Selva Biological Reserve to see Great Green Macaws or Savegre to see Resplendant Quetzals.
Remember, whenever you economize on gateway hotels, you have more money to spend on staying in nice eco-lodges and supporting the local economy!