Update: The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.
Looking to stay at a Choice hotel anytime soon? You may want to take a look at Choice Privileges’ newest point sale, which gives you up to a 35% bonus on purchased points. Let’s take a look.
Choice Privileges frequently offers either a discount or bonus on purchased points, though the amount will vary. For the current offer, you can receive up to a 35% bonus on purchased points:
- Buy 6,000 to 11,000 points and get a 20% bonus
- Buy 12,000 to 19,000 points and get a 25% bonus
- Buy 20,000 or more points and get a 35% bonus
This promotion is valid through October 9, 2022, and you can buy points for as low as 0.76 cents each (when buying 180,000 points). While this is not one of the best deals Choice has offered on purchased points, the chain frequently runs promotions where it provides a discount on points instead of a bonus.
Hot Tip: If you’ve been eyeing cash rates instead of point redemptions, you can earn 2x points on select Choice Hotels stays through November.
Is It Worth It?
Although there isn’t a lot of noise about Choice Privileges points, there are absolutely some cases in which buying these can make sense. Choice Hotels has thousands of properties spread across the world and — while many of these aren’t ultra-high-end — you can score some really good value.
There are a few key things to know about redeeming Choice Privileges points in general:
- You can only book reward rooms 100 days in advance
- Choice doesn’t charge more for additional guests (up to the capacity limit)
- Suites cost the same as standard rooms in points
Here’s a look at the Emotions All Inclusive Puerto Plata, Ascend Hotel Collection, a resort located in the Dominican Republic. As an all-inclusive property, you’ll pay an additional charge for more than 2 guests in your room:
However, this same room will cost you just 30,000 points per night, even when booking for 4 guests:
Now, $1,036.80 for a hotel room for the night is undeniably exorbitant, but you can help bring down the costs by purchasing Choice Privileges points. Let’s say you were starting from scratch and wanted to buy points for a 1-night stay at this hotel. Choice Privileges will charge you $237.12 for those 30,000 points:
$237.12 is a pretty good deal for an all-inclusive hotel, but it’s also way better than the $1,036.80 you’d otherwise be paying.
Still, it’s also worth noting that there are other ways to get yourself some Choice Privileges points if you’re so inclined. Those who hold either the Citi Prestige® Card or the Citi Premier® Card can transfer their Citi ThankYou Points over to Choice Privileges at a 1:2 ratio, which means 1 Citi ThankYou Point becomes 2 Choice Privileges points. Other ThankYou Points-earning cardholders can transfer at a 1:1.5 ratio.
You can also opt to transfer over your American Express Membership Rewards points or Capital One miles at a 1:1 ratio, though these are arguably an inferior use of points.
Choice Privileges has launched another points sale offering up to a 35% bonus on purchased points. While this isn’t the best promotion Choice Privileges has ever had, it can still present some good value at the right hotels. If this is something of which you’d like to take advantage, do so sooner rather than later — the sale ends on October 9, 2022.
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