This year I have stayed 14 nights in Choice Hotels with one free night in Chicago on an approved best rate guarantee and 13 nights in Norway by redeeming 216,000 points.
A welcoming message from Choice Privileges came after I returned from a two week trip to Norway last month where I stayed 13 nights using points at six different Nordic Choice Hotels.
I received Choice Privileges Gold elite status after reaching 10 nights stayed this calendar year with my 13 Norway reward nights.
My Choice Privileges counter went from 0 nights to 13 nights after Norway. Choice Privileges counts reward nights for elite status.
The primary benefit of Choice Privileges Gold elite besides 10% bonus points is an extended booking window for reward nights.
One of the primary drawbacks of Choice Privileges for USA members is the restriction that reward nights can only be booked within 30 days of the hotel stay for hotels in your region of residence.
Choice Privileges Gold elite extends that booking window out to 50 days for making reward night reservations in the USA.
For the time being that is a moot point since I am sitting on 0 points in my Choice Privileges account after two weeks in Norway.
I am looking forward to U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways 2015.
Nordic Choice Hotels reviewed by Loyalty Traveler:
Hotel Review The Thief Oslo Room 603 (Oslo’s #1 hotel in TripAdvisor ranking)
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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