Choice Privileges renews its 8,000 points every 2 stays promotion for May 7 to August 9, 2019 under the summer marketing guise of earn a $50 gift card. To be clear, members earn a minimum 8,000 points every 2 stays at Choice Hotels.
If you want, you can redeem those 8,000 points for a $50 retail gift card through September 30, 2019, which is half off the normal 16,000 points rate.
Given that I redeemed 8,000 points in 2018 several times for hotels in the USA and Europe with room rates over $150 per night, I would never consider redeeming 8,000 Choice Privileges points for a $50 gift card.
US members can redeem promotional points from the following select retailers:
- Digital gift cards: Amazon, Applebee’s, Chili’s
- Physical gift cards: Amazon, Applebee’s, Best Buy, Chili’s, Apple Store and iTunes, Kohl’s, Lowe’s
Canada members can redeem promotional points from the following select retailers:
- Physical gift cards: Best Buy, Esso, HBC, Chili’s, App Store and iTunes, Starbucks
This new promotional offer gives me a choice to make. I have a 3-night paid stay at one high quality Clarion Hotel booked for June. I also have a 3-night and a 2-night stay with other hotel chains in a city where I could switch one night to a Choice Hotel. But that means paying at least $25 more for the Choice Hotel than my hotel night with IHG (reducing the value of 8,000 points earned) or booking a lower quality hotel than the Radisson hotel I have booked. Or I could rebook my three nights at the Clarion as Night 1-Me, Night 2-my wife, Night 3-Me to get two stays.
Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges