Through June 23, 2013, Priority Club is offering a 50% bonus on the purchase of points.
The normal cost to purchase points is as follows:
1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
26,000 – 50,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
That means if you’re maxing out the promotion you can purchase 75,000 points for $575, or 0.76 cents per point. In the past this could have been a good deal since Priority Club used to count purchased points towards elite status. 60,000 points earned per year (even if purchased) got you Platinum. That’s not the case anymore.
Given that purchased points no longer count towards status, there’s no reason to take advantage of this promotion since there’s always a backdoor way to purchase Priority Club points for 0.7 cents each.
If you do choose to take advantage of this promotion, points purchases are processed by points.com, so the spend wouldn’t qualify as hotel spend.
(Tip of the hat to AJ)