Choice Privileges points are on sale April 10 through Daily Getaways. One aspect of Choice Privileges at some hotels is the option to book upgraded rooms on reward nights using points. The secret is finding the specific hotels where many types of rooms, including suites are available for the standard number of points.
Most Choice brand hotels do not offer upgraded rooms when using points. Most hotels only offer basic rooms with one or two beds. The key is searching hotels in the places you plan to travel to find specific hotels offering higher category rooms for reward nights using points.
As long as you have sufficient points for one reward night in your account, you can see what kinds of hotel rooms are offered at any specific hotel. You will see a “Sold Out” message if you do not have the points in your account needed to book the hotel you search.
This post shares examples from a search of hotel rewards in Orlando, Florida.
Clarion Inn & Suites, Orlando Florida = 12,000 points per night.
Clarion Inn & Suites, Orlando search for Monday May 21 pulls up 10 different room choices for 12,000 points including poolside rooms, pool view rooms, accessible rooms, one King Bed, one queen bed and four room types with two queen beds, including a suite.
The lowest published rate for rooms is $83 for a prepaid room and $98 for a flexible cancellation rate in a queen room. The lowest rate for the suite is $110.22 after tax for advance purchase, nonrefundable rate.
AAA rate for Two Queens Suite is $125 after tax. The basic One Queen room is $109.81 after tax on flexible AAA rate. These paid rates have similar flexible cancellation rules to reward nights.
Clarion Inn & Suites has a suite for 12,000 points as a $15 upgrade value compared to the basic room reward. This is a small rate difference for this hotel on a weeknight.
There is more value to be squeezed out of Choice Privileges points for a 4-night Memorial weekend stay in a suite. The Two Queens suite with sofabed sleeps up to six.
A Two Queens, One Sofabed room at Clarion Inn & Suites Orlando is 48,000 points for 4 nights over Memorial Day holiday weekend.
This same room is $626.56 after tax on a AAA rate.
US residents can purchase 55,000 Choice Privileges points for $265 on Tuesday April 10 in the U.S. Travel Association annual Daily Getaways sale.
48,000 Choice Privileges points allow a member to get a 57% discount on the cost of a $627 hotel suite in Orlando, Florida over Memorial weekend.
This is just one example of hundreds of hotels where Choice Privileges points can buy an upgraded room at a significant discount to prevailing rates.
There are other Choice Hotels in Orlando offering suites as reward nights, like Comfort Inn & Suites Convention Center.
There is good value to be found with Choice Privileges points if you can match a good hotel reward deal with your travel plans.