How To Get Value Out Of Today’s Sale On Choice Privileges Points

Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

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Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.

Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase Choice Privileges points at a discount. Like many of the Daily Getaways offers this is pretty niche, but some will find it worthwhile.

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Choice Privileges points promotion

Here’s a chart with the Choice Privileges points packages for sale:

Number Of PointsPackage CostCost Per PointNumber Of Packages
20,000 Choice Privileges$900.45 cents/point208
32,000 Choice Privileges$1320.41 cents/point310
36,000 Choice Privileges$1550.43 cents/point308
40,000 Choice Privileges$1600.4 cents/point204

These packages are being marketed as offering a stay at a certain type of hotel, though that’s purely intended as an example. In reality the package comes in the form of points that you can redeem however you’d like.

You can purchase up to eight sets of points per Choice Privileges account (two of each type of package). Choice points can be a decent deal for hotel redemptions, particularly for international properties. Travis has shared his experience staying at Choice properties in Oslo, for example.

Choice Privileges points can also be redeemed for stays within the Preferred Hotel Group. That includes some really great hotels, including in some cities that are typically quite expensive. Preferred Hotels range in cost from 25,000 to 55,000 points per night.

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For example, they have about a dozen hotels in London that look pretty nice, for 55,000 points per night (at a cost of 0.4 cents per point, that’s like paying $220 per night, which is great).

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There are lots of great hotels elsewhere as well, like the Fullerton properties in Singapore, for 45,000-55,000 points per night.

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Of course you’ll always want to confirm the number of points required to the paid rate, though, as it’s not always a good deal.

Transferring Choice Points to miles

Beyond the hotel redemptions, the points can be converted into airline miles at a 5,000:1,000 ratio.

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On the low end that means you could indirectly purchase airline miles through this promotion for 2.0 cents each. That’s a decent rate for some currencies, but not a rate at which I’d speculatively pick up miles under most circumstances.

If you purchase a 40,000 point package for $160, those points can be converted into 8,000 Alaska miles, so that’s a pretty great rate. That being said, keep in mind it will take a while before the points post to your Choice account, and then it will be a couple more weeks after that before they post to your Alaska account, so there’s no instant gratification here.

Bottom line

If you can be strategic in your hotel redemptions this could be a good deal, particularly at the higher-end international properties available through the Preferred Hotel Group. It’s also potentially not a bad way to pick up airline miles, though it’s definitely on the high side.

Personally I’ll pass on this promotion, though I know it will interest others.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of the Choice Privileges Daily Getaways promo?

Comments

  1. When you say it’ll take a while before the points post to your choice account, is there an estimate?

  2. will buying the points extend my 18 months for the choice points i bought from daily getaway last year? Also, has it been changed to NO point expiration if activity within 18 months ? This mean I can keep extending points up to 3 years should I choose to.

  3. Julian – Since they’re adding points to you existing balance I wonder how they could possibly track that.

  4. Lucky,
    I received this email at 5:00 PM Central Time today, 28th.
    I tried to buy some points for summer travel at 1:00 pm Central Time but ALL points were sold out. Alas, the sale opened up at 1:00 pm EST.

    Is Julian correct in that these points are only usable in US properties?

    Where else can I buy these points? Sometimes one needs a hotel on road trips in
    isolated places. My European friends don’t want to fly over America, they want to
    “see” America. Ex: Hotels are very limited in Flagstaff, Arizona at Grand Canyon.
    Also Sequoia, Yellowstone, etc.

    Thanks for your blog. You are right about the AA fiasco.
    Czechbob

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