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

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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 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.

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Review: Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion Oslo

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We spent part of our stay in Oslo at the Hotel Folketeateret, but decided we might as well give another Clarion Collection property a try. That’s not to say there was anything wrong with the Hotel Folketeateret per se, as it’s truly a wonderful property with excellent service. It’s just that their rooms were a little small for our family of five.

So we decided to see what was behind door #2 and headed over to the Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion for the reminder of our stay. I’m sure glad we did, as the Hotel Bastion is a real gem. We quickly fell in love with the old-world style of the hotel. I mean, who doesn’t want to come back from a long day of sledding and sit by a crackling fire?

Like the other Clarion Collection hotels in Oslo, the Hotel Bastion costs 16,000 Choice points per night. Assuming that you purchase those using the cash-and-points booking strategy, that equates to $120 per night which is an absolute steal considering that covers your room, breakfast, afternoon snack, and dinner. For our family of five, the food each day was worth at least half of that.

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Review: Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret Oslo

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We had a bit of trouble deciding where to stay in Oslo. The two most useful loyalty programs in this part of the world are probably Choice Hotels and Club Carlson, both of which have a slew of properties in Oslo. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to pick one.

Food in Norway can be pretty expensive so we decided that Choice’s Clarion Collection properties in Olso would be a good deal for our family of five as they include breakfast, afternoon snacks, and dinner in the room rate. That’s real savings. We narrowed the candidates to three Clarion Collections: Hotel Folketeateret, Hotel Bastion, and Hotel Savoy. I would probably have chosen the cheapest one, but they all cost 16,000 points so choosing based on price wasn’t going to work. I don’t usually put that much stock in TripAdvisor ratings, but I had to decide somehow, so we went with Hotel Folketeateret. At least for now.

We booked the Hotel Folketeateret using Choice points, some of which I outright purchased using the cash-and-points strategy. Based on that approach, the hotel costs $120 which is an incredible value considering that you’re getting two meals a day included.

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Why Some People May Want To Buy Choice Hotels Points This Week

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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:

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Earn Bonus American Miles With IHG & Choice Hotels

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Yesterday I posted about how you can earn two bonus American miles per dollar spent with Hilton by using the AAdvantage eShopping Portal to make your booking. In general shopping portals are a great way to earn bonus points for purchases you’d make anyway, though it’s fairly rare to see airline mileage portals offer bonuses for hotel stays.

Well, as it turns out, American isn’t just offering bonus miles for stays at Hiltons, but also for stays at other brands. Reader Brad points out that there are several other hotels participating in the AAdvantage eShopping Portal as well.

Specifically, I see the following opportunities to earn bonus AAdvantage miles:

— 3 bonus miles per dollar spent with IHG
— 2 bonus miles per dollar spent with Choice Hotels

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Choice Privileges Offering Elite Status Matches

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Hotel status matches seem quite popular lately, perhaps due to the consolidation happening in the industry. For example, Hilton has been offering status matches all the way to Diamond since late last year, which I know many have taken advantage of. I assume the promotion is at least partly motivated by Marriott’s takeover of Starwood, and them wanting to capture any of the guests who might be looking for a new hotel chain.

As far as more budget hotel chains go, it looks like Choice Privileges is offering status matches as well. As a reminder, Choice Privileges is the loyalty program for Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, EconoLodge, Roadway Inn, and more.

A status match can be requested by emailing Status_Match@choicehotels.com with the following information:

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Buy Airline Miles For 2 Cents Each Today

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Daily Getaways is returning for the next five weeks, which is an opportunity to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages. Daily Getaways go live 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 Choice Privileges points are going on sale, so I figured I’d share my thoughts on who should consider buying them.

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

You can purchase up to eight sets of points per Choice Privileges account (two of each type of package). This year’s promotion on Choice points is identical to what was available through Daily Getaways last year.

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Buy Choice Points For 30% Off. Stay In Norway For $123 Per Night.

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The Choice hotel group doesn’t get a lot of love in the miles and points community. Most folks in the US associate them with Comfort Inns in the middle of Iowa next to a truck stop. Like the one next to Iowa 80, the largest truck stop in the world…

There are actually some very strategic uses for Choice points, however, and if you are headed to Scandinavia, they are arguably the hotel currency to have in your wallet. Not only are there a plethora of Choice properties to choose from, but they are also very nice. And expensive. Unless, that is, you are paying in points in which case they can be downright cheap.

Obtaining Choice points isn’t all that easy though. So it can sometimes make sense to buy them outright. Now might be one of those times.

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