Two weeks in Norway with $6,000 in free Choice Hotels on points

If Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano does not blow its top preventing air travel between the USA and Europe, then in a couple of weeks I will be hotel hopping in Norway with $6,000 in free Choice Hotels on points.

This is a great deal for $850 in Choice Privileges points that were available for purchase in the Daily Getaways offer in May 2014.

My plans currently have me staying in Choice Hotels for all but two nights of my trip.

Here are the Nordic Choice Hotel properties I have booked with Choice Privileges points.

Oslo, NorwayThe Thief, an Ascend Hotel Collection member

Oslo, NorwayClarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret.

Oslo, NorwayClarion Hotel Royal Christiana.

Holmsbu, NorwayQuality Resort & Spa, Holmsbu

Larvik, NorwayFarris Bad, an Ascend Hotel Collection member

Son, NorwayQuality Resort & Spa Son

Bergen, NorwayClarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

All hotel plans are soft until 4pm day of arrival.

One of the great advantages of award travel is each Nordic Choice Hotel I have booked can be canceled with no penalty up to 4pm day of arrival.

My wife when discussing my travel plans fondly quotes an Aaron Sorkin line from the character played by Michael J. Fox in the 1995 movie The American President with Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.

Lewis Rothschild: I tell any girl I’m going out with to assume that all plans are soft until she receives confirmation from me thirty minutes beforehand.

Robin McCall: And they find this romantic?

Lewis Rothschild: Well, I say it with a great deal of charm.

The American President IMDB

Choice Privileges points hold high value for travel in Norway and Sweden with more than 175 hotels about evenly distributed between these two countries.

The hotels listed here are reservations I have booked, however, my plans are likely to change. I am still looking at an Arctic region trip if my SAS miles post from a Diners Club points transfer and there is flight award availability.

Yesterday, I purchased 1,000 Best Western Rewards points to open the possibility of an additional reward night through Best Western if I make it to the Lofoten Islands.

Norway is an expensive country to visit. Choice Privileges points reduce the cost of this two week trip by thousands of dollars. Free breakfast is provided at all the hotels and many also offer an evening social buffet.

Even if I don’t make it north of the Arctic Circle this trip, Nordic Choice Hotels should keep me satisfied with a fine selection of hotel award stays.


Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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  1. I just used Choice points for a great deal at the Skt. Petri hotel in downtown Copenhagen. Now I’ve received an email saying I will get 1,000 points if I join the Nordic Choice club. Do you know anything about Nordic Choice?

  2. @Lyssa – Nordic Choice Hotels operate as a separate entity from Choice Hotels. The main issue is Choice Privileges points cannot be earned at Nordic Choice Hotels on paid stays.

    Choice Privileges terms and conditions for earning points:

    * Excluding Brazil, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, India, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.

    Nordic Choice Hotels are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. You need to belong to Nordic Choice Club to earn points for Choice Hotels in these countries.

    The benefit for Choice Privileges members is the ability to redeem points at these hotels.

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