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Choice Privileges 8,000 points every 2 stays Sep 12-Nov 9

Choice Privileges next ‘free night’ promotion runs from September 12 to November 9, 2018. The deal is a member earns 8,000 total points after two stays regardless of spend. Two $50 hotel stays can earn 8,000 Choice Privileges points or two $150 hotel stays earn 8,000 points. Spend more than $300 and receive a minimum 5,000 bonus points.

Choice Privileges registration required prior to stay completion to earn bonus points.

https://www.choicehotels.com/deals/free-night.

Two additional terms to know:

  1. Room nights under $40 per night do not qualify.
  2. If your room rate is more than $300 for your two stays, then you will receive 5,000 bonus points.

Choice Privileges stays normally earn 10 points per $1 in room rate, so if you spend more than $300 for two stays, you earn 3,000+ points from your room rate and 5,000 bonus points from the promotion.

The $40 minimum room rate is relatively new to this recurring promotion over many years. There was definitely no $40 minimum rate in 2016 when I wrote this article about how I picked up 20,000 points in my hometown of Monterey, California during this same type of 8,000 points for 2 stays promotion.

Loyalty Traveler – How two $36 EconoLodge nights get me to 20,000 Choice Privileges points (3/7/16).

Loyalty Traveler – $888 Choice Privileges points I bought gave $2,500 hotel room value (11/15/16).

I noticed I wrote in the $36 EconoLodge article from 2016 that I was looking at a 20,000 points hotel reward stay in Stockholm, which was Yasuragi, a Nordic Choice Hotels spa resort that recently won Europe’s #1 luxury resort spa hotel award. I ended up staying at Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm for 10,000 points. Too bad, since finding Choice Privileges award availability at Yasuragi is much more difficult now.

I find great value in Choice Privileges points. Mostly in Europe, but also for some places in the USA.

I redeemed points for USA hotels in the past few days at 6,000 points for a hotel suite with an after-tax room rate of $226.00 and 8,000 points for a hotel suite with an after-tax room rate of $328.89.

My point being 8,000 points reward nights don’t necessarily mean a free night at a $50 Rodeway Inn or EconoLodge. 8,000 Choice Privileges points can be worth significantly more than their acquisition cost for two paid hotel stays.

The article below shows how 8,000 Choice Privileges points can buy a $450 room night in hotel rooms in California this month.

Loyalty Traveler – Value of Choice Privileges for Big Sur road trip

Choice Hotels may not be your first choice for a hotel stay, but there are times and places where Choice Privileges points are the best choice if you want to save a lot of money compared to other hotel chains’ reward and room rates.

Choice Privileges also has a buy points 40% bonus promotion ($7.58 per 1,000 points) through September 13.

 

 

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. I’m a big proponent of the Choice program, and you’re absolutely correct that “there are times and places where Choice Privileges points are the best choice if you want to save a lot of money compared to other hotel chains’ reward and room rates.” I generally don’t redeem during Choice promotion earning windows, but on September 18, I’m redeeming 12K points plus $90 for two rooms at an Econo Lodge in midtown Manhattan. It’s a busy time for hotels with lots of them going well over $300 per night across multiple chains.

    This Econo Lodge is expensive in cash ($445 per night) but cheap on points right now–a weekday redemption is 12K points or 6K plus $45. I needed two rooms and points and cash allow me to save $800 while spending 12K points for two rooms. I won’t argue that my redemption value is that high because I definitely could get a better hotel for a little less cash, but I’ll forgo the earning with Choice to save that kind of money.

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