I read that IHGÂ hotels, which include Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza, will soon start to offer free WiFi to members of their Priority Club. I thought this was a good move, as the Â£15 a day charge to get online at the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury was one of the negative issues about my recent stay at the hotel. Elite members will be first to be able to access the free WiFi in July this year. During 2014, free WiFi will be rolled out to all Priority Club members. I decided to register online for the Priority Club so I could get free WiFi on any future stays at IHG hotels.
A couple of weeks after registering forÂ Club (basic) Priority Club membership, I received a mailshot informing me that if I successfully applied for a Priority Club Rewards Visa credti card, I’d be automatically upgraded to Gold Elite Priority Club membership.
The other incentive to take out the credit card was 10,000 Priority Club bonus points, as long you used the card to make a purchase within 90 days from opening the account.Â That’s supposed to be enough to get a free night’s stay; let’s hope availability is not restricted to out of the way destinations in low season.
Before applying for the credit card, I read through the terms and conditions to check that there was no annual card fee. I always pay my credit card balance off in full. I doubt if it’s worthwhile getting any incentives if you end up paying interest on your credit card balance.
My application for the Priority Club Rewards Visa was successful, so I’ll report on the quality of the free WiFi and the redemption of the 10,000 bonus points in due course.