Choice Privileges Elite Status Match is an offer available to members and prospective members residing in the USA with elite status in other hotel loyalty programs. Generally, an elite status match is only allowed once per member account, so don’t waste your opportunity just for the sake of status you won’t use. I did that many years ago with Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond, long before I became a Diamond member on stays. On the other hand, I got thousands of dollars in suite upgrades with Starwood after matching to SPG Platinum with Hilton Diamond the same year I status matched with Hyatt.
Choice Privileges status match is really only a good choice if you plan to stay at Choice Hotels frequently enough to get value from Platinum elite 25% bonus points or you already have lots of Choice Privileges points and will benefit from the expanded reward night booking window. On $1,000 in spend you might earn an extra 2,500 points. That is about $20 value, considering you can buy points anytime for $7.50 per 1,000 points through Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash rewards, as long as you have 6,000 points in your account. If you don’t have 6,000 Choice Privileges points, then use the current Choice Privileges promotion running May 12 to August 18, 2016 to buy two cheap hotel stays and earn 8,000 to 9,000 points. I did this in March to jumpstart my account balance.
Loyalty Traveler – How two $36 EconoLodge nights get me to 20,000 Choice Privileges points (March 7, 2016)
Loyalty Traveler – Buy up to 250,000 points per year with Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash. (March 2, 2016)
Simply email Status_Match@choicehotels.com with the following information:
- Full Name
- Choice Privileges Member Number
- Proof of Elite status in other hotel program:
- Screenshot or copy of your other program’s loyalty card (with expiration date)
- Or, screenshot or copy of other program’s current statement or account status page
- Expanded Reward Night Booking Window is Main Benefit for Gold and Platinum Elite Memberss
The primary reason Choice Privileges Platinum elite status benefits me is the expanded booking window in the USA. Base members can only book hotel reward nights within 30 days of arrival. Gold elite members (10 nights in calendar year) get a 50 day booking window and Platinum members (20 nights in calendar year) get 75 days advance booking window. This extended window is really helpful when planning travel.
If, like me, the only reason you have loads of Choice Privileges points is through points purchases or credit card points transfers, then the booking window for reward nights is an important consideration for elite status match. I earned Choice Privileges Platinum elite for 2016 with 2 paid nights (earned 8,000 points in Choice Privileges 2 stays promotion) and 18 reward nights on points. Nearly all my Choice Privileges reward nights are at hotels in Europe.
I have read so many blog posts the past couple days with the comment ‘Choice Privileges lacks aspirational properties’. I don’t mind bloggers writing that opinion since it helps keep Choice Privileges reward nights available for me in hotels like The Thief Oslo and Farris Bad, Larvik in Norway or Yasuragi, near Stockholm, Sweden. These Ascend Collection hotels are as luxury as most Park Hyatt hotels I have stayed.
Choice Privileges points have great value in my travels.