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Choice Hotels 2 stays = 8,000 points May 17-Aug 15, 2012

In the lure of hotel rewards would you rather be pitched a $50 gift card or a free hotel night? Choice Hotels pitched a free night after two stays for their March 8 to May 8 promotion. The current promotion is being pitched as a free $50 gift card after two stays.

Don’t think twice, it’s alright.

These two promotions are actually nearly identical. Complete two stays at Choice Hotels from May 17 to August 15, 2012 and you will earn a total 8,000 Choice Privileges points.

The only difference in this offer from the previous Choice Privileges promotion that ended earlier this month is this time members have the option of redeeming 8,000 points for a $50 gift card that normally requires 16,000 points through Choice Privileges. You do not have to redeem your points for a gift card. These points will be available for any redemption option you choose through Choice Privileges, including that free night for 8,000 points at over 1,500 hotels.

Choice Privileges Summer Promotion May 17-August 15, 2012

  • Choice Privileges promotion registration required before stays.
  • This offer is only available to residents of the U.S. (including U.S. territories) or Canada.
  • Discount gift cards for 8,000 points are only available to members who complete this promotion and redeem points for gift cards by September 30, 2012.
  • Bonus may be earned unlimited times during promotion period.

This is a promotion that favors the low spender since Choice Privileges adds the number of points needed to reach 8,000 points after your two stays. Two stays earn 8,000 total points in your account, not 8,000 bonus points.

These are the participating gift card retailers:

U.S. Resident Options

  • BP
  • Chevron/Texaco
  • Darden
  • ExxonMobil
  • Macy’s
  • Sears
  • Shell
  • Sunoco
  • Uno Chicago Grill

Canada Resident Options

  • Cara Foods
  • Cineplex
  • FutureShop
  • Esso
  • Home Hardware
  • Sears
  • St. Hubert’s

 

Remember four brands require 2-night stays to count

The main thing to be aware of is Choice Hotels extended stay and budget brands require two consecutive nights to constitute a stay for the bonus. These Choice  Hotels brands include EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites and Suburban.

Choice Privileges 5,000 Points Minimum

For the past couple of years I used an example that a person who normally earns 5,600 base points from two stays will only get 2,400 additional points, whereas, a person who earns 2,000 base points gets a 6,000 points bonus after two stays.

I received an email from a Choice Hotels manager after my March 2012 post on the Choice Privileges promotion stating there is a 5,000 points minimum so the member in my example would actually get 10,600 points. There are more details on Choice Hotels in that March 2012 article I will not repeat here.

I see there is still no official wording to this effect in the Choice Privileges promotion FAQ. Can anyone out there confirm a 5,000 points minimum bonus in your account from one of these perennial Choice offers for 8,000 points?

 

Choice Hotels currently has 11 hotel brands:

  1. Comfort Inn
  2. Comfort Suites
  3. Quality Inn and Suites
  4. Sleep Inn
  5. Clarion
  6. Cambria Suites
  7. Ascend Collection
  8. MainStay Suites
  9. Suburban
  10. EconoLodge
  11. Rodeway Inn

Choice Privileges also partners with Preferred Hotels Group and Barcelo Resorts where you can use Choice Privileges points for hotel stays.

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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. […] May 17 – August 15, 2012. Choice’s new offer is 2 stays for 8,000 points or a $50 gift card. Choice Privileges Summer Promotion registration link. There is no limit to the number of times this bonus can be earned. The value of this offer is dependent on where you can redeem points. Loyalty Traveler post May 24 on Choice Summer promotion.  […]

  2. […] May 17 – August 15, 2012. Choice’s new offer is 2 stays for 8,000 points or a $50 gift card. Choice Privileges Summer Promotion registration link. There is no limit to the number of times this bonus can be earned. The value of this offer is dependent on where you can redeem points. Loyalty Traveler post May 24 on Choice Summer promotion. […]

Comments

  1. I can confirm the 5000 point minimum. My first stay got me 3700 points, without the promotion I would have received 1738 points for the second stay but I received 6738 points.

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