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Choice Privileges 8,000 points for 2 stays May 11-July 31, 2017

Choice Privileges brings back their periodic promotion for 8,000 points after two stays at any Choice Hotels brand from May 11 to July 31.

Bonus points can be earned multiple times during the promotion for every two stays.

Promotion registration required before eligible stay checkout. Only available to U.S. and Canada residents.

Choice Privileges 8K May11-Jul31

This Choice Privileges promotion is advertised as earn a $50 gift card after two stays. The member actually earns 8,000 points and those points can be redeemed for a $50 gift card at a partner merchant until August 31, 2017. The normal price for a $50 gift card is 16,000 Choice Privileges points.

Or keep your points and redeem points for hotel reward nights at a future date.

U.S. Gift Card Options

Choice $50 merchants USA

U.S. Gift Card Options

Choice $50 merchants Canada

Calculating Bonus Points from 2 Stays

After every second qualifying stay, you will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 points and a maximum of 8,000 bonus points, depending on how many base points were earned from your two (2) separate stays. These bonus points will allow redemption for a free night at the 8,000 point reward night level at over 1,500 hotels. A free night at most Choice Privileges locations requires more than 8,000 points.

Example A: $65 Comfort Inn hotel stay + $85 Clarion hotel stay.

All Choice Privileges brands earn 10 points / $1 for base hotel rate before tax.

  • $65 Comfort Inn stay earns 650 base points.
  • $85 Clarion Hotel stay earns 850 base points.
  • 1,500 base points earned after 2 stays.
  • + 6,500 bonus points = 8,000 Choice Privileges points.

Example B: $300 Ascend Collection stay + $200 Quality Inn stay.

  • $300 Ascend Collection stay earns 3,000 base points.
  • $200 Quality Inn stay earns 2,000 base points.
  • 5,000 base points after 2 stays.
  • + 5,000 points minimum = 10,000 Choice Privileges points.

If hotel base spend is over $300 for 2 stays, then member will receive minimum 5,000 bonus points.

This promotion is leveraged by making two inexpensive stays. In March 2016 I stayed twice in Monterey, California for $80 and earned 800 base points + 7,200 bonus points.

I did not need those two hotel stays and I could have purchased 8,000 Choice Privileges points for $88, the price I paid after tax for my two hotel stays in Monterey.

Choice Privileges Elite Member Extended Booking Window for Reward Nights

The advantage of booking hotel stays is those two stays helped me reach 20 nights in 2016 at Choice Hotels for Platinum elite status and a 75 day booking window for reward night reservations worldwide.

Choice Privileges members in North America with no elite status can only redeem points for reward nights within 30 days of stay for hotel stays in North America and 60 days international.

Gold elite with 10 nights in a calendar year get a 50-day booking window for North America and 60 days international.

Platinum elite with 20 nights get a 75-day booking window worldwide.

 

 

 

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. Bummer they dropped Walmart from the gift card roster, Those could be used for gas at Sams Club, or Sams Club stores also. Same for BP Gas last year, those worked at AM/PM mini marts.

    Shell is usually a expensive gas station in my region so that erodes the value

  2. I hit Diamond level (40 nights) by the end of last year. The 100 day reservation window that gets you is nice.

    The 50% bonus points (for Diamond) and the 500 “welcome” points (or whatever) can increase to me to like 9,500+ for two one nigh stays.

  3. Am I missing something or did they drop the two day requirement for Rodeway Inn stays?

  4. Two day minimum stays qualifying for Rodeway and Econolodge ended more than one year ago for 8,000 points every two stays promotion.

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