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.
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.
Lounge at the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret in Oslo
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.
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.