Choice Privileges has just launched their best promotion of the year on purchased points.
Through April 22, 2019, Choice Privileges is offering up to a 50% bonus on the purchase of points.
The bonus is tiered, as follows:
- Buy 5,000+ points, receive a 20% bonus
- Buy 10,000+ points, receive a 30% bonus
- Buy 20,000+ points, receive a 40% bonus
- Buy 30,000+ points, receive a 50% bonus
If you maxed out this promotion you could purchase a total of 75,000 points (50,000 base points plus 25,000 bonus points) at a cost of $550, which is a cost of ~0.73 cents per point.
Points should post to your account within 24 hours, and you can buy up to 50,000 points per account per calendar year pre-bonus.
Choice Privileges offers discounts on purchased points every so often, and when they do they typically offer either a 30% discount or 40% bonus (the 30% discount is a slightly lower cost, while the 40% bonus lets you buy more points). So to see a 50% bonus is rare, and like I said, that makes it the best offer of the year.
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 0.73 cents each, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$117 per night, which is quite a good deal, especially since these hotels come with free breakfast and dinner.
In the past one major downside to the Choice Privileges program was that they only allowed award redemptions at most 30 days out for US and Canada properties, and 60 days out for other properties. Fortunately Choice modified this policy in 2018, and you can now book up to 100 days out.
Choice Privileges points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as a hotel purchase for the purposes of credit card spend.
Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spend, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® or Citi® Double Cash Card.
See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.
Does anyone plan on buying Choice Privileges points with a 50% bonus?