Choice Privileges has just rolled out its newest promotion on purchased points.
Buy Choice Privileges points with 25% discount
Through Thursday, May 20, 2021, Choice Privileges is offering a sale on purchased points. With this promotion you can get a 25% discount as long as you purchase at least 4,000 points in one transaction.
At least that’s the bonus I see on the accounts I manage, though it’s possible other people may be targeted for other offers, so you’ll want to log into your Choice Privileges account to see what you’re eligible for. Choice Privileges lets members purchase up to 180,000 points per account per calendar year.
If you maxed out this promotion you could purchase a total of 180,000 points for $1,336.50, which is a cost of ~0.74 cents per point.
When Choice offers a promotion on purchased points, it’s typically either a 30% discount or a 40% bonus, which gets you roughly the same cost. As you can see, in this case the promotion is marginally worse, since you “only” get a 25% discount.
As a result I wouldn’t speculatively pick up points if you don’t have an immediate use in mind, but the difference in cost per point isn’t huge for a 25% discount vs. a 30% discount.
Is buying Choice points a good deal?
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 0.74 cents each, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$118 per night, which is quite a good deal, especially since these hotels come with free breakfast and dinner.
Historically, one major downside to the Choice Privileges program was that award redemptions were only allowed 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.
What credit card should you buy Choice points with?
Choice Privileges points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as a hotel purchase for the purposes of credit card spending.
Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review), Citi® Double Cash Card (review), or The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express (review) — more on which credit cards are best for buying points.
Choice Privileges is selling points with a 25% discount, which is an opportunity to buy points for ~0.74 cents each. This can potentially be a good deal, especially for redemptions in Northern Europe, where hotels are often expensive.
Does anyone plan on buying Choice Privileges points?