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Choice Hotels don’t get a lot of attention in the miles and points world, but they do have their place. If you’re road-tripping across the United States, they might be the only show in town if you’re keen on earning points. I’ve certainly had my share of nights in Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn, and just about every other kind of Inn that Choice has to offer. Sometimes I might have even wished they had no room in the Inn….
I’ve also stayed at some really nice Choice properties outside the US.
At any rate, Choice Hotels is selling points at up to a 30% discount through December 26. The discount is tiered, meaning that in order to get the full 30% discount, you need to buy between 35,000 and 50,000 points:
- 5,000 – 19,000 points, save 10%
- 20,000 – 34,000 points, save 20%
- 35,000 – 50,000 points, save 30%
Choice normally sells their points for 1.1 cents each. If you max out this offer, you’d end up with 50,000 points for $385 or 0.77 cents per point.
Is this a good deal?
That depends. I mean, for the most part no, but hear me out.
Choice has a cash and points program that works pretty much like IHG’s version, if you know what I mean. This basically allows you to buy Choice points whenever you want at a cost of 0.75 cents each. Clearly that’s cheaper than buying them at 0.77 cents through this offer.
The lowest-priced Choice cash and points award costs 6,000 points, so you need to have at least 6,000 points in your Choice account in order to buy discounted points using the cash and points method. For that reason, I recommend always maintaining a balance of at least 6,000 points.
If you don’t have 6,000 Choice points, this is a reasonably good way to get them
You’ll only get a 10% discount, but it’s better than nothing. And it will set you up for being able to buy Choice points at a good rate whenever you want.
If you already have at least 6,000 Choice points, I’d probably skip this sale.
Not only can you use the cash and points method to purchase points at a slightly lower price, but you can also wait until just before you need them.
Best Uses of Choice Points
So you’ve got your 6,000 points, now where are you going to use them?
In the United States, Choice is kind of right there with Wyndham — they probably have a property near where you’re going, even if it’s not flashy. But at least you can earn or burn some points.
That said, Choice hotels outside the US can often be a totally different ballgame.
In Scandinavia, for example, Clarion Collection hotels are right up there with Radissons as some of the best in the region. If you’re headed to that part of the world, you’ll want to stock up on Choice points one way or another as they have some fantastic properties that are a really good value on points.
We stayed at the Clarion Collection Havenkonteretin in Bergen, Norway a couple of years ago and loved it. For 16,000 Choice points — roughly $120 — we not only got a lovely room, but also breakfast, afternoon pancakes, and dinner. In Norway, the meals alone are probably worth that for a party of two.
The hotel itself was gorgeous.
Clarion Havenkonteret, Bergen, Norway
We have a couple of upcoming trips to Norway and will likely be staying with Choice again.
This is a decent sale on Choice points. If you don’t have any already, but have travel plans to places where booking Choice hotels on points is a good value, then buying 6,000 points through this offer will set you up for being able to buy Choice points at 0.75 cents whenever you want.
Otherwise, I’d probably pass and stick to using the cash and points method.
Are you buying Choice points this sale? Where are you planning to stay?