Sep072018

Choice Privileges 40% bonus points is good value buy opportunity

Choice Privileges points provide some of the best value hotel stay opportunities I find each year. Through September 13, Choice Privileges points offer 40% bonus points when you purchase 5,000 to 50,000 points dropping the rate to $7.86 per 1,000 points from the regular $11.00 per 1,000 points purchase rate. Choice Privileges members can buy up to 70,000 points for $550 through this sale.

While Choice Hotels are generally not the finest hotel option I could pick for my travel destinations, their hotels are frequently the best value option for places I travel.

Over the summer I used Choice Privileges to stay in

  • Copenhagen, Denmark 20,000 points per night at Skt. Petri, Ascend Collection when room rates were $736usd per night;
  • Vienna, Austria for 9,600 points per night at Star Inn Schonbrunn when room rates were $127usd.
  • Ceske Budjovice, Czech Republic at the Clarion Congress in a booked suite using 9,500 points per night when room rate was $183usd.
  • Prague, Czech Republic at Clarion Prague City for 16,000 points when room rates were $118 per night. Note: this room would have been the equivalent of $125.76 if I had paid $7.86 per 1,000 points through this 40% bonus points sale. I purchased 200,000+ Choice Privileges points in April 2018 during Daily Getaways sales paying $5.00 per 1,000 points, so my equivalent rate was only $80. This hotel is generally priced 10,000 to 12,000 points (Sep 16-Nov 30) and 8,000 points (Dec 1-Jan 31, 2019).

Upcoming Choice Privileges stays:

Most of my Choice Privileges points are redeemed for hotels in Europe. Next month I have stays in London planned using Choice Privileges points for discount room nights.

Atlanta, Georgia – I needed one additional hotel night in Atlanta for an upcoming trip where the Marriott hotels I will stay average $200 per night, although my Marriott room rate averaged only $31 per night (a reason why I love hotel stay auctions).

Choice Privileges points once again looked to be the best value deal I found for one reward night in Atlanta.

Atlanta hotels at 6,000 and 8,000 points are $47.16 to $62.88 with this buy points sale.

An important feature to know about Choice Privileges points is some hotels offer upgraded rooms at standard reward point levels.

$105 room rate at Clarion Inn & Suites Downtown is a basic room at the member advance purchase nonrefundable rate and totals $126.75 after tax.

However, there is also the option to book a Clarion Atlanta Downtown suite for 8,000 points.

Reward room choices include suites.

Total room rate for a flexible rate booking is $160.56 after tax for the same room type and cancellation policy as an 8,000 points reward night through Choice Privileges.

The current 40% bonus points Choice Privileges Buy Points promotion through September 13 allows a member to book this Clarion Suites Atlanta Downtown $160.56 room as a reward night for 8,000 points at a total cost of $63 per night.

Choice Privileges points offer great value in many hotels worldwide.

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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  1. Hi Ric. I enjoy your blog very much! I began using Choice Privileges after reading your blog, and was wondering if you might be able to answer a question about the program that Choice has been unable to adequately answer for me.

    In May/June 2018, my husband and I stayed at the Denmark Clarion Airport from May 30-June 3rd and again from June 11-June 12. I utilized points that I had purchased from the Daily Getaways sale. I reserved the rooms through Choice not Nordic Choice.

    Upon our return and reviewing my account, only a 1 night stayed showed. I emailed info regarding the stay, confirmation number, receipts, etc. to have them correct it. In short, I have called and emailed at least 10 times, and have been unable to resolve the problem – getting 4 nights stayed to show up instead of 1.

    Well, today after being on hold for over 35-40 minutes, the customer service person came back to tell me that the 1 night showing is a mistake, that stays in Denmark are not a part of the program and do not count for nights stayed. Personally, I found it hard to believe, but wanted to check with you to see if you know if this is true, and if not true, who or where I might call to get this resolved.

    Thank you in advance for you assistance and reading this.

    Have a good day,
    Bee

  2. Hi Bee,

    I have always received elite nights credit for my stays in Scandinavia.

    Yet, I looked over my account to see that I did not receive elite night credit for my stay in Copenhagen in June.

    There might have been a rule change, I will need to follow up on that issue and find out.

    Any other readers missing elite night credit from Choice Privileges reward stays in Denmark, Norway and Sweden?

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