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Through April 19, 2018, Choice Privileges is offering up to a 30% discount on the purchase of points.
The promotion is tiered, with a bigger bonus the more points you buy, as follows:
- Buy 5,000-14,000 points, get 10% off
- Buy 15,000-29,000 points, get 15% off
- Buy 30,000-39,000 points, get 25% off
- Buy 40,000-50,000 points, get 30% off
If you take advantage of this promotion, points should post to your account within 24 hours, and you can buy at most 50,000 points per account per calendar year. Typically the best promotions that Choice offers is either a 40% bonus or 30% discount — the 30% discount gives you a slightly better cost per point, but also reduces the total number of points you can acquire (since any bonus would be on top of the 50,000 point limit).
The strange thing is that I’m actually seeing a further discount on top of this, and I’m not sure why. When I log into my Choice Privileges account and try to buy 50,000 points, I get a cost of $346.50, which is 0.693 cents per point.
However, really the normal price for 50,000 points should be $550 rather than $495, so I’m not sure why I’m seeing a 10% discount on top of that. If you were to buy 50,000 points for $385 (which is how much I feel it should cost), that would be 0.77 cents per point (which is still a very good price). So you’ll have to check your own account to see which offer you’re eligible for.
In the past Travis has written about why he thinks Choice points are worth buying. Specifically, Choice has an impressive footprint in Northern Europe, where hotels can otherwise be expensive. Travis has redeemed at hotels like the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret and the Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, which cost 16,000 points per night. If you bought the points for those stays through this promotion for ~0.69 cents each, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$110 per night, which is quite a good deal.
However, there’s one quirk to be aware of when it comes to redeeming — if you don’t have status you can only book at most 30 days out for US and Canada properties, and 60 days out for other properties. This promotion isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly a niche program that will have value for some.
Choice Privileges points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as airfare spend for the purposes of your credit card. If you buy miles you’ll want to first use a card where you’re meeting minimum spend, and then use a card which maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Citi® Double Cash Card, etc.
Does anyone plan on buying Choice Privileges points with a 30% discount? Are you showing the same further 10% discount that I see, or no?