Oct202014

Alert: Choice Privileges Flashsale good deal for Norway and Sweden hotels

Choice Privileges is having a flash sale for 50% bonus points today until 5pm eastern.

The standard rate for Choice Privileges points is $11 per 1,000 points. All purchases receive 50% bonus points reducing the price to $7.33 per 1,000 points. This is not a great deal for most Choice Hotels in the USA. In Norway and Sweden, Choice Privileges points have much higher value.

Bottom line is 16,500 points costs $121 with this deal. I redeemed 13 hotel nights in Norway last month spending Choice Privileges points. I paid 16,000 Choice Privileges per night for 11 reward nights and 20,000 points per night for two reward nights at The Thief, Oslo’s top rated luxury hotel. Several of the hotel room reward nights I booked in Norway were priced at $500 per night. The interesting thing about Choice Privileges points for Nordic Choice Hotels in Norway and Sweden is many of the hotels offered several types of rooms, including suites, when booking reward stays. I booked one spa resort into a 3-bedroom cabin, but later cancelled that particular hotel stay when I went to Bergen instead.

Choice Privileges points are a good deal if traveling to Norway and Sweden where there are about 170 hotels, mostly 16,000 points per night.

Hotel Diana is a Comfort Hotel in Venice, Italy for 10,000 points per night. This is another place where points are an incredible deal. You can stay in Venice for under $75 per night with Choice Privileges points.

Choice 75K

You can buy a maximum of 75,000 points with this offer for $550. 50% bonus points applies to any purchase beginning at 1,000 points for $11 and receive 1,500 points.

Norway September 3-17, 2014 Trip Posts

Norway for two weeks on a budget with a $541 United Airlines round trip ticket SFO-OSL and $300 spending cash for the trip.

Climbing hills for a few days in Bergen was the highlight of my trip. While Norway is expensive, in top three countries worldwide for cost of living, the hotels I picked for stays provided most of the food I wanted to eat. I only needed $25 or about 150NOK for food and I spent about $275 for  train and bus tickets and a plane ticket to travel OSL (airport) – Oslo Central-Larvik (southeast Norway)-Sandefjord TORP Airport – BGO Bergen (Norwegian Air) – Express Bus Bergen Center – Bergen Line to Oslo (bus/train) – OSL (airport).

There was no corporate or tourist board sponsorship for this trip. My objective was to find out what value Choice Privileges have in Norway. Answer: Terrific value. Sweden and Norway have about 170 Nordic Choice Hotels. The focus of my trip was checking out Nordic Choice Hotels with stays at six hotels and site visits at four other hotels in Oslo, Bergen and Larvik and also a visit to Clarion Collection Hotel Atlantic, a unique hotel/whaling museum  in Sandefjord, the whaling capital of the world a century ago on the southeast coast of Norway, 75 miles south from Oslo.

I redeemed 216,000 Choice Privileges points for 13 nights with $6,000+ in hotel stay value. Most of the points were purchased at a rate around $4.00 per 1,000 points through U.S. Travel Association annual Daily Getaways promotion, generally held between April and June each spring and limited to U.S. residents. Loyalty Traveler – Daily Getaways Choice points are good deal for Europe Hotels (May 14, 2014).

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  1. Oslo, Norway walking on a summer day (Sep 6)
  2. Hotel Review Clarion Royal Christiania Oslo, Norway (Sep 6)
  3. Hotel Review Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion Oslo, Norway (Sep 7)
  4. Think before you eat whale meat (Sep 8)
  5. Six days in Norway and $6 spent on food (Sep 9)
  6. Hotel Review: Farris Bad, Ascend Collection Larvik, Norway (Sep 10)
  7. Hotel Review Farris Bad Kaupang Suite upgrade (Sep 10)
  8. Hotel Atlantic Sandefjord offers whaling culture experience and beds too (Sep 11)
  9. Hotel Atlantic Sandefjord, Clarion Collection (Sep 13)
  10. Oslo Sandefjord Torp Airport low cost flights (Sep 12)
  11. USA Branded Bergen (Sep 12)
  12. Oops! Radisson Royal Bergen hotel damaged Bryggen UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Sep 12)
  13. Walk like a Norwegian up Floyen in Bergen (Sep 13)
  14. Think before you eat Norwegian farmed salmon (Sep 13)
  15. Biked, hiked and psyched about Bergen (Sep 15)
  16. Clarion Collection No 13 Bergen, Norway (Sep 15)
  17. Clarion Collection Havnekontoret Bergen, TripAdvisor #1 hotel – Part One (Sep 16)
  18. Clarion Collection Havnekontoret Bergen – Part Two (Sep 16)
  19. Bergen Line to Oslo, 500 km by train (and bus) – Part One (Sep 18)
  20. Bergen Line to Oslo 500 km by train part two (Sep 19)
  21. How I stole 2 nights at The Thief Oslo with points (Sep 23)
  22. Hotel Review The Thief Oslo Room 603 (Sep 23)
  23. The Thief Oslo by design (Sep 24)
  24. Clarion Collection Folketeateret Oslo is recommended Nordic Choice Hotel (Sep 27)

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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Comments

  1. The Rewards Canada blog indicates, without citation to a source, that this sale will be repeated Wednesday. Haven’t seen anything that corroborates that statement but for those missing today’s sale, it may be worth checking Choice’s website Wednesday.

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