If you’re shopping online, you should definitely be using a shopping portal. If you’re a Choice Hotels person, you should be using the Choice Privileges Mall. With a few extra clicks, you could easily be earning bonus points!
In this post, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of the Choice Privileges Mall so you can get shopping. And remember, if you have a credit card with category bonuses for shopping, you can earn even more.
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How to Log in
To reap the benefits of extra Choice Privileges points while shopping online, you will need to be logged in to the shopping portal: Choice Privileges Mall.
If you are already a Choice Privileges Rewards member, you simply sign in with your existing account. There is no need to create a new login.
If you are not already a Choice Privileges Rewards member, you will need to join and create an account.
The “Sign In” and “Join” buttons are clearly marked at the top of the page on the right-hand side.
Basics of Using the Portal
The Choice Privileges Mall has a very clean interface and is extremely easy to navigate. At the top, there is a tool bar that helps you browse retailers, bonus offers, coupons, and more.
You can browse retailers by category, name, new retailers, or simply type your desired retailer in the search bar. When you find one you’d like to shop with, clicking the retailer will show additional information.
Customers can view the offer, company information, purchase conditions, and even a handy points calculator to estimate the number of points earned with a specific purchase amount.
To earn the Choice Privileges points on offer, you must click the orange “Shop Now” button that will redirect you to the retailer’s website. Once there, simply shop and complete your purchases as you normally would!
After purchasing through a retailer, the transaction will appear within 5 business days as “Pending” in your Choice Privileges Mall Transaction History. After confirming the transaction with the retailer (which could take up to 60 days), the transaction should be marked as “Approved.” This is when the points will be credited to your account.
At this time, if you forget to use the Choice Privileges Mall and make a purchase through a retailer directly without using the portal, there is no way to retroactively apply your bonus points. If you’re the forgetful type, read on to find out more about Choice Privileges “Points Booster.”
Hot Tip: If you would like to see what deals other shopping portals are offering at a particular store, use CashBack Monitor to easily see a store’s offers at 45 different shopping portals.
While the Choice Privileges Mall may not utilize big specials throughout the year as some portals do, they do make it easy to see which specific retailers have bonus offers at any given time.
By clicking on the bonus offers tab at the toolbar, you can see which retailers are holding a current bonus, what their normal points per $1 ratio is, and how long the bonus will run.
For example, at the time of this writing, Apple was offering 2 points per $1 instead of their regular rate of 1 point per $1. If you click through to the retailer’s page you can see when the bonus offer expires.
Additionally, the “Coupons” tab allows users to see which retailers are offering sales and coupons and will provide you with the coupon code if needed.
Hot Tip: Once you’ve earned all of those points, you’ll need a great way to use them — check out our list of the 30 best ways to redeem Choice Privileges hotel rewards points.
In reading through this post so far, you may have noticed a few of the participating retailers in the images.
Participating retailers and potential mileage bonuses in the Choice Privileges Mall can change regularly, so keep your eyes peeled for your favorites!
At the time of writing, these were some of the great earning rates being offered through the shopping portal:
- T-Mobile: 5,850 points for activation of a wireless service
- Magazines.com: 16 points per $1
- Proactiv: 13 points per $1
- New Balance: 8 points per $1
- eBags: 7 points per $1
- … and much more!
Choice Privileges offers this helpful tool for shoppers who are a bit forgetful. The Points Booster is an extension of your browser that automatically alerts you anytime you’re on a website that could earn you Choice Privileges points when shopping.
You’ll need Google Chrome in order to utilize the toolbar. It’s also free to download!
Using Credit Cards to Earn Extra Points
When paired with a points-earning credit card, the Choice Privileges shopping portal can give you a real boost.
Barclays Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® Card
If you want to earn Choice Privileges points directly, you can use the Barclays Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® Card. This card earns 2X points per dollar on everyday purchases, which will pair nicely with the Choice Privileges shopping portal.
American Express Membership Rewards Cards
Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)
|The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months, worth at least $600. |
This is our absolute favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get ~$2,700+ in value from the card every year.
The Amex Platinum can get you up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage or seat selection fees). There's even a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue credit, annually. For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.|
With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 after you spend an additional $10,000, on purchases within the first 3 months. |
We get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks.
This is the best business card for lounge access as you'll get into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
|American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.|
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a simple card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year! The card has no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.|
Choice Hotels provides customers with over 65,000 hotels in more than 35 countries—that’s a lot of options! Just think about all the great places you could stay if you had some extra points in your back pocket.
Luckily, with the Choice Privileges Mall, all it takes is a few extra clicks to go through the portal, and voila! Points are adding up on purchases you’d have made anyway, and you’re on your way to that next adventure.