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Earn 4x Choice Privileges points Aug 25 – Nov 3, 2011.

Choice Hotels, the 6,000+ member hotel chain with the second most hotels in the U.S. behind Wyndham, offers members 4x points for stays over the next ten weeks. This is 40 points per dollar for seven brands with Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites and the Ascend Collection. Extended stay brands Suburban and MainStay Suites and economy brands Econolodge and Rodeway Inn normally earn 5 points per dollar and 4x points is 20 points per dollar.

Choice Privileges 4x Points registration is required. Promotion registration is restricted to Choice Privileges members with address in U.S., U.S. territories or Canada.

Reservations must be booked online at ChoiceHotels.com or 800-4Choice to earn quadruple points. Double points will be earned for bookings through other channels, except Choice Privileges Platinum and Diamond elite members may book through any channel and earn 4x points.

Loyalty Traveler analysis 

Choice Privileges hotel rewards begin at 6,000 points with over 1,500 hotels in the lowest two reward categories of 6,000 points or 8,000 points. Other reward levels are 10,000; 12,000; 16,000; 20,000 and 25,000 points. Some international hotels rise to 30,000 and 40,000 points.

Choice Privileges has peak season rates meaning a hotel that is 40,000 points for some period of the year may drop to 8,000 points for another period of the year.

Choice Privileges offers partner rewards at hundreds of luxury boutique hotels across the globe with Preferred Hotel Group properties for 30,000 to 60,000 points per night. Barcelo Resorts are all-inclusive Caribbean, Mexico and Central America resorts available for 20,000 to 25,000 points per night including food and beverages.

Over 3,500 Choice Privileges hotels are 12,000 points or less for a free night. In the U.S. the high end hotels are 25,000 points.

Earning 12,000 points takes just $300 in hotel spend when earning 40 points per $1 or $625 in spend to earn 25,000 points.

The GEM Hotel SoHo in New York City is an Ascend Collection boutique hotel with a room rate of $390 + tax for Friday, September 16 or 25,000 points for a free reward night.

This is an example of where $625 in hotel spend earning 40 points per dollar can earn sufficient points for a 25,000 points free night at a $400 per night hotel.

New York has a high redemption value, but there are plenty of hotel choices in New York. I find the real value of Choice Privileges points is for remote locations where there are no high end hotel choices and you are faced with Best Western, Wyndham and Choice as the only hotel options. There are many rural places in the U.S. where Choice Hotels will be a viable hotel choice in a town of few hotels.

Loyalty Traveler promotion ranking = 4 keys out of 5.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on Choice Privileges points when your travels take you to places where there are few options for hotels. This will likely be the best earning option for hotel stays among the three midscale leaders of Choice Privileges, Best Western Rewards and Wyndham Rewards.

Choice Privileges Earn 4x Points for hotel stays August 25-November 3, 2011.

About Ric Garrido

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. Have reservations at Comfort inn in Bishop, Ca. 9-11-2011 and in Albuquerque,NM 10-8/14-2011, will I get my points when I check in?

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