Posted by Ric Garrido

Earn 500 American Airlines AAdvantage miles at Choice Hotels (double miles) from April 13-May 25, 2013. This could be a good alternative to collecting 10 points/$1 over the next six weeks on low spend stays.

Keep in mind that Choice Privileges offers 8,000 points after 2 stays through May 15, 2013, which is likely a better deal.

Choice Privileges members normally earn 250 miles per hotel stay at any of 11 hotel brands in Choice Hotels.

Most Choice Hotels earn 10 points per dollar in room rate at these brands:

  • Comfort Inn,
  • Comfort Suites,
  • Quality Inn
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion
  • Cambria Suites
  • Ascend Collection

Four brands of Choice Hotels earn only 5 points/$1 for Rodeway Inn and EconoLodge budget brands, Mainstay Suites and Suburban extended stay brands.

500 American Airline miles is standard earning rate for full service brand stays with Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, IHG Rewards Club, and Hyatt Gold Passport.

Best Western, La Quinta and Choice earn 250 airline miles per stay.

Wyndham Rewards gives 2 miles per dollar for most hotel brands or 500 miles per stay for Wyndham and Hawthorn Suites.

Value of American AAdvantage miles vs. Choice Privileges points

The value of miles depends on the traveler and how close 500 miles will get you to a frequent flyer award.

$100 hotel room earns 500 miles or 1,000 Choice Privileges points at most brands. Spending more than $100 per stay likely favors earning Choice Privileges points for the better value as long as you have the potential to earn up to 8,000 points for a free hotel night.

And for stays through May 15, 2013 there is the Choice Privileges promotion for 8,000 points after every 2 stays.

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One Response

  1. I was disappointed to learn that my expensive stay at a Comfort Inn in Hershey, PA was not “eligible” toward the “stay 2 get one night free” promo because it was booked with a “coupon” rate.

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