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Choice Hotels Cheat Sheet – How to use Choice Privileges points

by on Wed January 10, 2018 • 3 Comments
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Choice Privileges is lesser known hotel program that can offer some incredible value for redemptions. Unfortunately, however, Choice points are not the easiest to earn.

In this article, we will answer all of the questions you need to know about earning and redeeming Choice points.

What hotels can you book with Choice Privileges points?

All Choice group brands can be booked with Choice Privileges points including:

  • Comfort Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • Quality
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion
  • Cambria Hotels & Suites
  • MainStay Suites
  • Suburban
  • Econo Lodge
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Ascend Hotel Collection

You can also redeem points for vacation rentals, Bluegreen Vacations® destinations, and Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

How many points does a free night cost?

Award prices start at just 8,000 points per night at regular reward pricing and go up to 35,000 points per night, except in Australasia where reward nights can cost up to 75,000 points per night.

Award prices can change depending on the season, so there’s no true ‘award chart’ for Choice hotels redemptions. Rather, you’ll need to search for the specific hotel or location you are interested in on the dates that you would like to travel in order to determine the cost.

Discounted FlexRewards are also offered. With these awards, the number of points needed for a free night fluctuate depending on whether the stay is on a weeknight or a weekend night.

How much does an upgrade cost?

It is not possible to use your points to upgrade your stay with Choice hotels. However, some hotels do offer the ability to redeem points for suites during booking. If you are interested in staying in a suite, check to see if there’s a hotel option at your location where this booking is allowed.

Good deal redemptions

There are a handful of really great redemption options within the Choice hotels portfolio.

In general, hotels in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, etc) are often an excellent deal — in fact, it can even make sense to buy points from Choice to use instead of paying cash rates. For example, The Thief Hotel, an Ascend Collection hotel, in Oslo, Norway, can have rates over $380 per night even in the winter, but only costs 20,000 points per night.

Another good hotel to redeem Choice points is:

  • Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda — Tokyo, Japan — 8,000 points per night

In general, Choice hotels points are great to use in places that are otherwise pretty expensive.

Can you turn Choice Privileges points into airline miles?

It is possible to convert your Choice Privileges points into airline miles.

You can transfer a minimum of 5,000 points to the following airlines at a 5:1 ratio:

  • Alaska Airlines MileagePlan™
  • AeroMexico Club Premier
  • United MileagePlus®
  • Air Canada Aeroplan®

You can also transfer a minimum of 6,000 Choice points to 1,800 Southwest Rapid Rewards® points, 32,000 Choice points to 5,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards points, or 20,000 Choice points to 3,000 Qantas Frequent flyer points.

What are Choice Privileges points worth?

The value of Choice Privileges points depends on how you use them, but we wouldn’t recommend redeeming Choice points for less than 0.6 cents each. It is possible to get much lower or much higher value out of yours points depending on when and where you end up redeeming them.

Can you share points?

It’s not possible to directly share Choice points to another member’s account, but you can book awards over the phone for immediate family members.

Choice defines immediate family members as your spouse, partner, children, parents, in-laws, brothers, and sisters. If you want to book a hotel night for someone in your family, you’ll need to call 888-770-6800. Make sure that the agent on the phone includes the name of the guest in your reservation.

You can book awards over the phone for family members. Points cannot be transferred.

How do you earn points?

When staying at Choice Hotels properties, you’ll earn 10 points per dollar spent for up to four rooms per night for qualifying stays. Elite members receive a bonus of 10, 25, or 50% depending on elite level.

What stays qualify to earn points?

All stays booked directly with Choice will earn points.

What is the cancellation policy?

Award reservations are usually flexible, but the cancellation policy may vary depending on the property. Most properties offer free cancellation up to 24 hours before check in when booked with a flexible rate, but make sure to verify the cancellation policy for your stay before you book.

Do Choice Privileges points expire?

Choice Privileges points can expire. In order to keep your points from expiring, you’ll need to have qualifying activity on your account at least every 18 months. Qualifying activities include hotel stays, credit card spending, and award night redemptions. If you do not have qualifying activity on your account within an 18-month period, your points will be forfeited.

What cards earn Choice Privileges points?

Credit card options to earn Choice Privileges points are somewhat limited. The only option is the no annual fee Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® card. With this card, you’ll earn 5 points per dollar spent at eligible Choice Hotels and 2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases. The card also offers an anniversary bonus of 8,000 points if you spend at least $10,000 on your card within a year from your anniversary date.

American Express Membership Rewards® points can also be transferred to Choice Privileges at a 1:1 ratio.

How can you earn Gold status?

In order to earn Gold status with Choice Privileges, you’ll need to stay at least 10 qualifying nights at Choice Hotels in one calendar year. Reward nights are considered to be qualifying nights.

The benefits of Gold status are:

  • 10% elite point bonus
  • Book 50 days in advance for reward nights
  • Exclusive reservations and customer service phone numbers (for U.S. and Canada members only)
  • Exclusive Elite member offers
  • Choose an elite welcome gift or bonus points at participating U.S. and Canadian hotels

How can you earn Platinum status?

Choice Privileges members may earn Platinum status with at least 20 qualifying nights (including reward nights) in one calendar year.

The benefits of Platinum status are:

  • 25% elite point bonus
  • Book 75 days in advance for reward nights
  • Exclusive reservations and customer services phone numbers (U.S. and Canada members only)
  • Exclusive Elite member offers
  • Elite luggage tags
  • Choose an elite welcome gift or bonus points at participating U.S. and Canadian hotels

How can you earn Diamond status?

Choice Privileges members may earn Diamond status with at least 40 qualifying nights (including reward nights) in one calendar year.

The benefits of Diamond status are:

  • 50% elite point bonus
  • Book 100 days in advance for reward nights
  • Exclusive reservations and customer services phone numbers (U.S. and Canada members only)
  • Exclusive Elite member offers
  • Elite luggage tags
  • Complimentary room upgrade if available
  • Choose an elite welcome gift or bonus points at participating U.S. and Canadian hotels
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3 thoughts on Choice Hotels Cheat Sheet – How to use Choice Privileges points

  1. Elite diamond member

    Why when they have the promotion stay 2 times and receive 1 free stay if the points you receive can’t even cover 1 basic night?
    I have never seen a hotel in Canada or the USA with points for a free night at 5000 or 8000 points. Most start at 10,000 to 12,000 and up.. I find that is just not right for them to advertise that if you can’t even find a hotel at those points

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