In the interest of full disclosure, One Mile At A Time earns a referral bonus for purchases made through some of the below links. These are products and services we use ourselves, and are the best offers we know of. Check out our Advertising Policy for further details. Thanks for your support!
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…
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.
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.
That means that a 16,000 point property can be had for $123.20 in points.
Whether this is a good deal depends on where you use them. Let’s look at two examples.
The Comfort Inn Walcott near the Iowa 80 truck stop in Walcott, Iowa is 16,000 points per night.
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.
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%.
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.
I’m sure there are other good uses of Choice points as well.
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?