Choice Privileges promotion advertises “Stay two separate times, earn a free night at over 1,500 Choice Hotels.” The bonus is actually 8,000 total points for two hotel stays at Choice Hotels brands including Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites and Ascend Collection during the promotion period from Thursday, August 26 through Wednesday, November 3, 2010.
The promotion bonus may be earned four times during the promotion period for 32,000 points after 8 hotel stays. There is no earning limit for Choice Privileges Platinum and Diamond elite members. Platinum and Diamond elites may also choose an alternative offer for triple points for every stay starting with your second stay.
Normally you earn 10 points per $1 with Choice Privileges for stays at these hotel brands. This promotion takes your total earned points from two stays and adds bonus points to match 8,000 total points.
Sample Hotel Rates:
Clarion Oakland City Center, Oakland, California – Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
Villa Montes Hotel, Ascend Collection, San Bruno, California – Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010
Sample Points Earning:
- Clarion Oakland = 691 points
- Villa Montes, San Bruno = 891 points
- 1,582 base points earned for $158.25 in hotel charges.
- 1,582 base points + 6,418 promotion bonus points =
8,000 points hotel stay promotion bonus for two stays.
Choice Privileges Award Night Cost
The two lowest hotel reward categories in Choice Privileges are 6,000 points and 8,000 points per night. A top level hotel in Choice Privileges can be 35,000 points, or even 75,000 points per night in Australia. This offer is capped at four bonuses or 32,000 points after 8 stays for general members. Choice Privileges elite platinum (25 nights) and diamond members (40 nights) can earn unlimited bonus points with this offer.
Interesting facets of Choice Privileges: Rewards nights count and peak season rates
One of the better features of Choice Privileges is reward nights count towards elite status qualification. Hilton HHonors is the only other loyalty program that counts reward nights for elite qualification.
Another unique aspect of Choice Hotels is variable peak-season reward rates. Choice Privileges only publishes the reward category level for a five or six month period at a time. Reward levels do not fluctuate too greatly in Choice Privileges.
Most hotel loyalty programs place a hotel in a reward category and the hotel category placement determines loyalty points needed for a free night. Starwood Preferred Guest has a peak season reward surcharge for upper category hotels, but the peak season dates have been eliminated for the past two years. Hilton HHonors has peak season dates for the 20 or so Waldorf-Astoria Collection luxury class hotels.
A huge drawback of Choice Privileges is you can only book reward stays 30 days in advance as a general member and up to 90 days in advance as a top elite Choice Privileges Diamond member.
Perhaps Hyatt Gold Passport should have advertised their “Great 10K” promotion as “Stay 5 nights and earn two free nights at 25% of Hyatt Hotels globally” to get better promotion feedback.
Choice Privileges 8,000 points Fall 2010 promotion rating = 3 of 5 keys (4 keys for platinum/diamond elites)
Choice Privileges Double Points Promotion
Choice Privileges economy/budget hotel brands EconoLodge, MainStay Suites, Rodeway Inn and Suburban Extended Stay have a double points promotion for every stay during the same period of August 26-November 3, 2010.