I got status matched to Priority Club Platinum from my Hilton Diamond Status a few weeks back. Tonight is my first stay in an IHG hotel, a Crowne Plaza in the UK.
All I can say is how can people be loyal to this program? What the hell do you get from being a Platinum? I’m currently top tier with Hilton and Hyatt; I have been top with Starwood in the past. So I have become used to great upgrades, free internet, Free Breakfast at Hilton and Hyatt, welcome amenities and most important Club/Executive lounge access.
What did I get at this Crowne Plaza? A single category upgrade (I was told that is all this hotel will do) There are 2 small bottles of water in the room as a welcome amenity. This hotel has a club lounge, but no access for me. No Breakfast, Internet for large fee. Sure none of these things are published benefits but how can this program even start to compete with the other boys?
What do Priority Club Platinum members get?? Well not much; 50% point bonus, late check-out, Priority Check In (did not see this at this hotel), and Guaranteed Room Availability.
Over all i’m not impressed with this status, when you have become used to the perks of the other guys, this program’s top tier is a joke.
As for this hotel, a review will come soon. I have a second stay at this property next week. I did book a club room at a rate that was not much more then a standard room, so I will get lounge access next time, and report back after the two stays.