DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways offer at 12 noon ET today is for sets of Choice Privileges points.
- 32,000 points = $134 ($120.60 if payment is American Express), 385 sets for sale.
- 36,000 points = $156 ($140.40 if payment is American Express), 480 sets for sale. (Update April 19, 7:33pm ET. This set of points is still available for purchase while the other two items are SOLD OUT.)
- 40,000 points = $166 ($149.40 if payment is American Express), 150 sets for sale.
This is a deep discount on the regular $11.00/1,000 cost of points with Choice Privileges. There is actually a 10% discount sale for Choice Privileges points purchases through May 15 to bring the cost down to $10/1,000, but Choice Privileges limits points purchases to 20,000 points per year.
Today’s sale at DiscoverAmerica.com is $3.74 to $4.19 per 1,000 points for comparison and you can buy up to 2 sets of points for each offer to purchase up to 216,000 points today.
About Choice Hotels
There are about 6,000 hotels worldwide in Choice Privileges in 11 hotel brands including midscale brands Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Cambria Suites. The budget brands are EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban, MainStay Suites. Ascend Collection is a set of properties partnering with Choice Hotels and represent some of the more boutique hotel properties in the family.
Choice Privileges hotel reward nights start at 6,000 points per night and go up to 40,000 points per night. The most expensive Choice Hotel in the world is Clarion Collection Edgewater Palms in Paihia, New Zealand at 75,000 points per night from April 16 – June 30, 2011. I vacationed for a week once in Paihia (another hotel) and fell in love with this location at Bay of Islands. The Clarion Hotel drops to 8,000 points per night July 1-Sep 15, 2011.
There are about 2,000 hotels at 6,000 and 8,000 points per night. Hotels in my area of the Monterey Peninsula, a popular California vacation locale, are mostly in the 20,000 to 25,000 points range.
In Q2-2010 the seasonal rates for Choice Hotels broke down like this:
5,215 hotels globally surveyed: USA = 4,263 hotels (81.7%); International = 972 hotels
- 6,000 points = 604 hotels.
- 8,000 points = 976 hotels.
- 10,000 points = 968 hotels.
- 12,000 points = 889 hotels.
- 16,000 points = 942 hotels.
- 20,000 points = 534 hotels.
- 25,000 points = 228 hotels.
- 30,000 points = 49 hotels.
- 40,000 points = 24 hotels.
- 75,000 points = 1 hotel.
- 30% Choice Hotels worldwide were 8,000 points or less
- 36% Choice Hotels worldwide were 10,000 points to 12,000 points
- 28% Choice Hotels worldwide were 16,000 points to 20,000 points
- 6% Choice Hotels worldwide were 25,000 points and over.
Choice Hotels have seasonally adjusted reward rates. For example, EconoLodge in Monterey is only 8,000 points per night until June 30 and then rises to 20,000 points per night from July 1 – September 15, 2011.
One of the best redemption options with Choice Privileges is for hotel partner rewards with Barcelo Resorts in Latin America and Preferred Hotel Group for upper-upscale and luxury hotels around the world. Barcelo Resorts are all-inclusive with food and beverage for 20,000 points or 25,000 points per night. Preferred Hotel Group properties are 30,000 to 60,000 points per night. Choice runs a promotion most years offering Preferred Hotel Group stays at 50% discount. This promotion was last offered Nov 3, 2010 -Jan 19, 2011.
Buying 216,000 points for $821 can be an incredible savings for 7-nights at a Preferred Hotel Group property at 30,000 points per night where rates can be $200 to $300+ per night. A week at a Barcelo all-inclusive resort can be redeemed for 140,000 to 175,000 points. The cost to purchase a 7-night stay at a Barcelo Resort will be significantly more than the cost to buy points today through DiscoverAmerica.com.
Loyalty Traveler (July 14, 2009) – Choice Hotels for Economy Rates, Choice Privileges for Luxury Hotels
DiscoverAmerica.com is the official travel and tourism website of the United States. The Daily Getaways are sponsored by American Express and prices are discounted by 10% when using American Express as payment. DiscoverAmerica.com has 25 days of discounted travel opportunities with a focus on hotels and car rentals through its “Daily Getaways”.
Calendar of DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways offers for this week.