May172011

Choice Points to United Mileage Plus 100% Transfer Bonus

Choice Privileges points can be converted into United Mileage Plus miles with a 100% bonus through June 6, 2011. During this promotion bonus period 2,500 Choice points = 1,000 UA miles. The normal conversion rate is 5,000 points = 1,000 miles for Choice Privileges airline partners.

Combine this offer with the current Choice Privileges for 8,000 points after two stays and you have the opportunity to earn 3,200 UA miles for two low-cost one-night hotel stays. The normal definition of a hotel stay does not apply for this offer and you will need two consecutive nights for an eligible stay when booking at Choice Hotel budget brands Econolodge and Rodeway Inn or extended stay brands Suburban and MainStay Suites.

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Fresno, my favorite new drinking town and hotel one-night stand city, has two Choice hotels with rates averaging around $75 per night this weekend.

I can earn 8,000 Choice Privileges points for about $150 before tax. Whether they post in time for June 6 transfers to United Airlines is another question, but assuming they post quickly I can convert 8,000 Choice Points to 3,200 United Airlines Mileage plus miles. 3,200 miles and 2 hotel nights for $150 (+tax) is a pretty good travel deal.

In theory, squeeze out 8 hotel stays in the next week and the points post quickly, this 8,000 points bonus can be earned four times for a general Choice Privileges member for a potential 12,800 United Mileage Plus miles.

This deal is not good enough to buy hotel nights just for the miles, but the offer is a good rebate on hotel nights you might need over the next week or two. And it only takes two nights as two separate stays to earn 8,000 Choice points for 3,200 United miles. Transfers of Choice points to UA miles through June 6 qualify for 100% bonus miles.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Can you transfer choice points into someone elses’s mileage account? Do do the names on choice and UA have to match?

  2. @Michael – You can transfer Club Carlson and Priority Club points into miles. Priority Club is a fixed exchange rate of 5 points = 1 mile.
    http://www.priorityclub.com/rewards/us/en/redeem/catalog/travel?

    Club Carlson is a variable rate that improves with higher points transfers.
    2000 points = 250 miles ($100 hotel spend earns 2000 points at 20 points/$1)
    50,000 points = 8,000 miles ($2,500 hotel spend)
    100,000 points = 18,000 miles ($5,000 hotel spend)
    You must be logged in to account to see exchange rates.

    @Ketan Shah – In general the name on the hotel account must match the frequent flyer account for transfers. I do not know about Choice Privileges and United Mileage Plus specifically.

  3. Hi Ric, Please read the terms and conditions of the Choice hotel offer

    For Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, or MainStay Suites® hotels, a stay is defined as two (2) or more consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs.

    You need to spend 2 nights at the hotels mentioned in your article to be considered as one stay.

    To convert 8,000 Choice Points to 3,200 United Airlines Mileage plus miles. 3,200 miles and 2 hotel STAYS for $180 (+tax) is a pretty good travel deal.

    Here is the terms and conditions

    Reservations must be made at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.4CHOICE at qualifying rates and Choice Privileges member number must be provided upon check-in. After a second qualifying stay with arrival between 5/19/11 and 8/11/11, you will be awarded enough bonus points to redeem at the 8,000 point Choice Privileges reward night level. For Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, or MainStay Suites® hotels, a stay is defined as two (2) or more consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. For Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, Cambria Suites® or Ascend Collection® hotels, a stay is defined as any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs at any property included in the Choice Privileges program. Members that register for this promotion may earn up to four (4) free nights, Platinum and Diamond members that register for this promotion may earn up to ten (10) free nights, and members that do not register for this promotion may earn up to two (2) free nights. Allow 72 hours from check-out for points to post to your account. A free night at most Choice Privileges locations requires more than 8,000 points. You must maintain an address in the U.S. (including U.S. territories) or Canada to be eligible for this promotion. For program details, eligible rates, eligible countries and point redemption rules, visit choiceprivileges.com.

  4. Oh well, now I have to find an example showing $50 rates at Quality Inn and Comfort Inn to fix this blog post.

    Thanks for the correction. I should have remembered the Choice fine print, but my head is still in the hills.

  5. Last night I was checking hotel rates in Modesto, the next major city north of Fresno in the Central Valley and see lower rates than Fresno.

    The trees in Modesto are beautiful. The city is so lush with older trees which are not a feature in the newer suburbs of most valley towns. Modesto was the finish of Stage 3 of Tour of California international cycling race which continues in San Jose today. I will be at the starting line tomorrow when the race begins in Seaside about 4 miles from my home here in Monterey.

    Modesto’s claims to fame are recognition as one of the top foreclosure cities in the USA and a top car theft city. The trees sure look pretty though.

    5/18/2011 rates for Choice properties:
    Quality Inn Modesto = $59
    Comfort Inn = $69
    Clarion = $72

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