Buy Choice Points For 30% Off. Stay In Norway For $123 Per Night.

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The Choice hotel group doesn’t get a lot of love in the miles and points community. Most folks in the US associate them with Comfort Inns in the middle of Iowa next to a truck stop. Like the one next to Iowa 80, the largest truck stop in the world

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Iowa 80 Truck Stop. Yes, I’ve been there. A few times.

There are actually some very strategic uses for Choice points, however, and if you are headed to Scandinavia, they are arguably the hotel currency to have in your wallet. Not only are there a plethora of Choice properties to choose from, but they are also very nice. And expensive. Unless, that is, you are paying in points in which case they can be downright cheap.

Obtaining Choice points isn’t all that easy though. So it can sometimes make sense to buy them outright. Now might be one of those times.

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The Offer

Through July 28, Choice is offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. The bonus is tiered as follows.

  • 4,000 to 7,000 points = 10% savings
  • 8,000 to 12,000 points = 20% savings
  • 13,000 to 50,000 points = 30% savings

As long as you buy at least 13,000 points, you’re buying them at 0.77 cents per point. The bonus is automatically coded into the purchase price which makes this very convenient.

choice points 30 percent off

That means that a 16,000 point property can be had for $123.20 in points. 

Good Deal?

Whether this is a good deal depends on where you use them. Let’s look at two examples.

Iowa

The Comfort Inn Walcott near the Iowa 80 truck stop in Walcott, Iowa is 16,000 points per night.

comfortinn walcott iowa
I haven’t been to the Comfort Inn Walcott, Iowa, but I’m sure it’s nice.

Or you can pay the revenue rate of $115. Since the 16,000 points cost $123.20, buying points to redeem at such a property would not be a good deal.

Norway

Now let’s imagine that you are going to Norway.

Maybe you are planning to jump on Widerøe’s Fly All You Want Around Norway This Summer For A Fixed Price. Sure, you should probably also do the Scandic Hotels promotion whereby you can get 13 nights for $80 each since they are companion promotions and each is really awesome.

But maybe you plan to spend one of those nights where Choice is the only option. Or maybe you just like the Choice properties better.

If so, there are a plethora of high quality Choice properties to choose from. In Bergen, for example, the Clarion Havnekontoret is 16,000 points as are most of the other Choice properties in Norway. That’s the same amount as the Comfort Inn along I-80 in Iowa. Except the Clarion Havnekontoret goes for as much as $270 per night, but by paying in points, you can get a night for the equivalent of $123.

Using buying points for use in Norway could save you over 50%.

Clarion Havenkontert
Clarion Havenkontert, Bergen, Norway

We spent a long weekend at the Havenkontert and loved it. They serve an awesome breakfast as well as a supper (which might as well be called dinner). Then they have afternoon pancakes. In other words, this is more or less room and board for $123 per night if you pay with points. 

Pancakes!
Afternoon pancakes at the Clarion Havenkontert.

I’m sure there are other good uses of Choice points as well.

Caution

Choice has a fairly strict point expiration policy.

Choice Privileges points expire on December 31, two years after the year in which they were deposited into your account.

As a result, I would be cautious about making speculative purchases.


Will you by buying any Choice points during this promotion?

Comments

  1. Hey Travis – I always enjoy your posts!

    One key thing you missed here is that, if memory serves correctly, you can only book Choice hotels 30 days in advance when booking on points. That may not matter in many situations – but if you’re looking for a room in a popular destination in peak season, you have to wait it out and see what’s left 30 days in advance – so that’s another reason speculative point purchases are a gamble.

    That said, I’ve really found that the quality of redemption can yield some fantastic value in the right places/times. I live in an area with a ridiculous peak in the summer. The local Clarion is often $250+ per night in the summer. Points would definitely represent savings here

    Anyway, thanks for the heads up. I bought points during Daily Getaways, so I won’t be buying here, but it’s good to be informed!

  2. Thanks for the kind words Nico.

    Yep, thanks for mentioning the 30 day advance booking window with Choice. That rings a bell. Between that and the hard expiry of points at 2+ years, the program does have some drawbacks.

  3. I owe my Southwest Companion Pass to Choice Points. I had intended to book some Preferred Hotels with them but the pricing never panned out, as it always seemed like rates were low when there was availability.

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