Apr252017

Choice Privileges value in Europe

No secret that I value Choice Privileges points highly. My most frequent use of Choice Privileges points is for hotels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark at Nordic Choice Hotels. There are 180 Nordic Choice Hotels in Scandinavia and the Baltic Countries. Sweden and Norway are well covered.

Nordic Choice Hotels reward rates are pretty stable. There were increases in several Clarion Collection hotels rebranded to Ascend Collection in Norway and Sweden. Most hotels are 16,000 points or 20,000 points per night.

Low cost tickets to Stockholm and Copenhagen with Norwegian and other major airlines has resulted in my frequent transits through Stockholm for cheap flights to and from California.

Stockholm has a dozen Nordic Choice Hotels available for booking with Choice Privileges points. Reward nights are typically a strategy to discount typical hotel rates by 50 to 75% in Sweden and Norway.

Two Stockholm Clarion Hotels at 10,000 Choice Privileges per night.

Clarion Stockholm 10K rates

Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm room rates Friday, June 9

2,390 SEK Superior Double/free breakfast = $272.51 USD. This is same room type available for 10,000 points.

Clarion Sign rates

Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm is only 250 meters from bus/train station for airport transportation.

Clarion Stockholm Hotel room rates Friday June 9

1,590 SEK Standard Double/Free breakfast = $181.30 USD.

Note: Nordic Choice Hotels has its own hotel loyalty program – Nordic Choice Club. Choice Privileges members can redeem points for hotel reward nights at Nordic Choice Club, however, you can only earn points for paid stays with Nordic Choice Club membership.

Getting to or from Stockholm to and from airports all over Europe is also a relatively cheap affair by planning travel dates around low cost airfare options.

Wizz Air Stockholm NYO – Gdansk, Poland GDN

85 SEK ($9.70 USD)  Sat June 10

NYO-GDN $10 Wizz Jun10

There are several other good value Choice Privileges locations in Europe. Porto, Portugal and Prague, Czechia have hotels from 8,000 to 12,000 points per night into July 2017.

Clarion Hotels in Prague

Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town June 2017 rates 10,000 points weekdays, 12,000 points Fri/Sat.

Clarion Hotel Prague City 12,000 points

  • Clarion Prague City Tuesday June 13 Superior Double with Free Breakfast 12,000 points or 120 EUR ($131.10 USD).

Clarion Prague award rates Jun13

Choice Privileges reward rates are changeable from weekdays to weekend rates and seasonal rates. Some hotels rise double or even higher in reward price in peak season when some hotels go from 10,000 to 20,000 points and higher.

You can buy Choice Privileges points for $4.00 to $4.50 per 1,000 points at U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways on Friday April 28 at 1pm ET, 10am PT.

Daily Getaways Choice Fri Apr28

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. Ric;

    Thanks for the info.

    I’ve already bought 50K points from them last month.

    Is there a limit to how many point we can buy per year?

    Or is there no limit for these promotion?

    I would like to buy some more choice points as I would like to spend 5-7 days this Summer in Scandinavia.

    Thanks

    Danny

  2. The limit tends to be how quickly the points sell out on Daily Getaways. In the past few years they were gone within a couple minutes.

    Choice Privileges members can buy 2 sets of points from each of four offers.

  3. One thing to remember about Choice points is that they will expire (and you can’t nurse them in any way to keep them alive). If you buy points now, I think you have until the end of 2018 to use them…but I’m not sure.

    For someone like you that’s in Scandinavia every 2nd month, this is not an issue! 🙂

  4. Not sure if it’s better to try to get 2 packages at the same time. Last year people had better success with 1 than 2 at the same time

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