Choice Hotels Spring Promotion: 8,000 Bonus Points After 2 Stays

My family recently got back from our trip to Norway where we stayed at a couple of awesome Clarion Collection hotels including Hotel Bastion and Hotel Folketeateret in Oslo. These hotels, which are part of the Choice Hotels, are easily some of the best values in the country. They include breakfast, dinner, and an afternoon snack, which can be  a real game changer for families given how expensive Norway is.

The best part is that they can be booked on points.

Back here in the U.S., Choice Hotels don’t get a lot of attention. In fact, they are often scoffed at and I must admit that their brands like Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Rodeway Inn, and just about every other Inn (except those with a red roof) aren’t all that exciting. On the other hand, they are sort of everywhere, so if you’re taking a road trip and want to earn some points, a Choice hotel might be the only option.

Well, Choice recently announced their spring promotion that can make those stays a little more rewarding.

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Make your own pancakes for afternoon snack at the Hotel Bastion in Oslo

Choice Hotels spring promotion

Choice calls their spring promotion Stay Twice, Earn a Free Night and it is basically the same one they run a couple times per year. I don’t really like that marketing — it ought to be called Stay Twice, Earn 8,000 points because that’s what it really is. Whether you choose to book a hotel that costs 8,000 points, or save them for Norway where the Clarion Collections are 16,000 points, is then up to you. But I digress.

The terms of the promotion are pretty straightforward.

  • Stay twice between March 2 and April 27
  • After your second stay, your account will have 8,000 points
  • You can do the deal as much as you want
  • All Choice brands are included

Choice actually has a funny way of awarding the points from this promotion. On your first stay, the points will post as usual. Then on your second stay, they’ll “true up” your account such that you end up with 8,000 for the two stays. It’s a little confusing at first, but works out in the end.

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Lounge at the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret in Oslo

Good deal?

Choice points can be readily acquired for 0.75 cents each. Since each stay under this promotion basically earns 4,000 points, that means you’re getting $30 worth of points for each stay.

That’s certainly not a bad return on a Choice property given that they often cost between $50 and $80 to start with. So if I was deciding between a Choice property and a Wyndham property, I’d probably choose Choice because of this promotion.

On the other hand, it’s not going to be mattress run worthy unless you manage to find a hotel that costs less than $30.

Bottom line

Choice points can be very useful in certain parts of the world. We’ve now stayed at three Clarion Collection hotels in Norway and found them all to be fantastic. This promotion isn’t the most exciting, but if you find yourself needing a night or two in an off-the-beaten path location, this could be a way to pick up a few more points.

And hey, at least Choice is running a promotion this spring. Which is more than I can say for some hotel chains. Like, you know, Hyatt.

About Travis

Travis has been playing in the world of miles and points for over a decade. At one time or another he has held status on just about every major domestic airline and hotel program. He has visited all 50 US states and over 50 countries. Nowadays he travels almost exclusively with his wife and three young children.

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Comments

  1. Trying to register, I get: “the selected offer does not exist.” Looks like the promo is only aimed at members that ” maintain an address in the U.S. (including U.S. territories) or Canada”.

    Reading the T&C, I also don’t see a set amount of 8000 points, but “between 5000 and 8000 points”:

    “After a second qualifying trip with arrival between 03/02/17 and 04/27/17, members will be awarded a _minimum of 5,000 and maximum of 8,000 bonus points_, depending on the number of base points earned from the two (2) separate qualifying trips

  2. Like I say, the way Choice awards these points is a little screwy. You get the regular base points for the first stay. Then after the second stay, you get a variable amount such that the TOTAL for both stays is 8000 points. I call it a true-up.

  3. I travel some for work around the SE and usually stay at Choice hotels. Took my wife to Italy for 15 nights last fall. Spent 6 nights in a nice Choice Hotel in Rome and 5 nights in a really great Comfort Suites in Sorrento. Our Sorrento room had balcony overlooking pool and Bay of Naples. The best free breakfast I have every had at a hotel and a very helpful staff. Both hotels were 16,000 points per night, a great deal. Combining that with my AA miles, we were able to eat well and enjoy the sights without breaking the bank. Just wish I could have found Choice hotels in Florence and Capri.
    I never have trouble registering for the promotional deals and try to plan my work trips where I can stay in Choice hotels.

  4. Shame the deal has the US or Canada residency clause as we are off to the USA at the beginning of April and could have covered this. But I am based in the UK so not available to me sadly

  5. Can I check in to two different Choice hotels in the same night and get the promo bonus?

    I will be booking a room for my brother and his wife later this month and if I decide on Choice hotels, I can book two of them nearby to get the bonus.

  6. Ever — I generally would not expect that to work. Most programs only allow you to credit one hotel per night. So you’d need to get lucky.

    Instead, I’d create a separate account for one of them, and do it that way. Then you’ll get half-way to 8000 points in each account.

  7. Hey Travis, you might want to edit you post. Look at Q7 in the FAQ about what qualifies as a valid rate:

    The following rates are NOT eligible for Choice Privileges points:

    “Rooms booked at rates below $40 per night, complimentary rooms, rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting, or rooms booked through a travel agent or third party online retailer as part of pre-paid wholesale rates, wholesale packages or senior tours.”

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