May152019

All Choice Hotels in Scandinavia and Japan unavailable for reward nights

A major development has happened just in time for the Daily Getaways sale of Choice Privileges points today. Since at least yesterday there is no availability for reward nights using Choice Privileges points at any of the 194 hotels in Nordic Choice Hotels covering hotels in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. All Choice hotels in Japan are also currently showing no availability for reward nights.

The primary questions now are whether this is a temporary website booking issue or a major change in the Choice Privileges program?

A thread on FlyerTalk about this issue was started this morning.

Nordic Choice Hotels are an affiliate program of Choice Hotels. Choice Privileges members have been able to redeem points for Nordic Choice Hotels properties for years, however, to earn points on paid stays requires membership in Nordic Choice Club, a separate hotel loyalty program for Nordic Choice Hotels with its own earning points rules and different redemption levels for Nordic Choice Hotels. For many of the 194 hotels in Nordic Choice Hotels the redemption rate using Choice Privileges points was lower than using Nordic Choice Club points.

No Choice Privileges reward night availability for any Stockholm hotels

Fortunately I already have hotel reward nights booked in Sweden this summer using Choice Privileges points. And I hope this is a temporary website glitch and not a permanent program change.

I will be disappointed if Stockholm this summer turns out to be my last cheap Choice Privileges reward stay in Sweden.

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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. When trying to make a booking world wide it says can be booked with points for stays before August 24th. That could be a 100 day window?

  2. @Scott – August 23 is currently the 100th-day advance booking window date, which is why it says “CAN BE BOOKED WITH POINTS FOR STAYS BEFORE
    AUGUST 24, 2019” if you check a date for using Choice privileges points from August 24 or later.

    The absence of reward availability at Nordic Choice Hotels is a different issue. I do not see any reward space using Choice Privileges points for any Nordic Choice Hotel from May 16 through August 23, 2019.

    However, I also do not see any reward space in Austria or Czech Republic for any summer dates, so this might simply be a website issue.

    I see reward space in London, Paris and Rome.

  3. I managed 222K. Average $5.13 per 1,000 points.

    I had 84K set to buy, but payment failed on credit card I used and no second chance. That is what I get for pulling out a credit card I rarely use for purchases.

    222K should get me through the next year if I find as many 8,000 to 10,000 points reward rates as I did last year.

  4. it apparently took 26 days to fix the issue last time they had a tech glitch with award availability.

  5. Ric, did all of your purchases post on your credit cards? 2 or 3 of mine did not, even though My transactions toon completed. (I know because I was given a reference number after each that I should’ve written down but foolishly did not.)

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