Choice hotels aren’t all that exciting in the US, but abroad they can be pretty nice. In fact, if you’re going to Scandinavia, I’d argue that Choice Privileges points are the ones you want to have.
That said, Choice points can be hard to come by. The cheapest way to acquire them is via the Daily Getaways promotion where they sell packages of points at great prices. But let’s face it, unless you have an insanely twitchy mouse finger, you probably missed out. I didn’t even attempt to purchase any this year.
But all is not lost. Choice announced that the Stay Twice Get 8,000 Points promotion will be returning, this time running from May 11 to July 31, 2017. Of course, the last version of this just wrapped up on April 27 so it didn’t take them long to bring it back, albeit under a different name.
Choice Hotels summer promotion
Choice markets the promotion as Stay Twice Earn a $50 Gift Card. But in reality, it’s Stay Twice And Earn 8,000 Points as usual. That’s because they deposit the points in your account, and you can then optionally choose to redeem them for gift cards at the reduced price of 8,000 points for $50. (They are usually 16,000 points for that amount.)
Whether you choose to book a hotel that costs 8,000 points, save them for Norway where the Clarion Collections are 16,000 points, or redeem them for a gift card is up to you.
The terms of the promotion are pretty straightforward:
- Stay twice between May 11 and July 31, 2017
- 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
- Registration is required
- US members can redeem 8,000 points for a $50 gift card at the following merchants prior to August 31: Amazon, Applebee’s, Apple iTunes, Bahama Breeze, Bass Pro Shops, Chili’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, Lowe’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Seasons 52, Shell, and Yard House
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.
Kate Moss sculpture outside the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret in Oslo
How I value Choice points
Choice points can be readily acquired for 0.75 cents each and since I regularly buy them at this price, that’s what I value them at. 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.
Choice points can be very useful in certain parts of the world. My family has stayed at three Clarion Collection hotels in Norway and found them all to be fantastic.
This promotion isn’t the most exciting — and is strangely marketed to boot — 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.
What are your favorite Choice hotels?