Choice Privileges Selling Points With 40% Bonus

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Choice Privileges has just rolled out its newest promotion on purchased points.

Buy Choice Privileges points with 40% bonus

Through Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Choice Privileges is offering a sale on purchased points. With this promotion you can get a 40% bonus as long as you purchase at least 3,000 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 252,000 points (including 72,000 bonus points) for $1,782, which is a cost of ~0.71 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. This is as good as promotions on purchased Choice points get.

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 0.71 cents each, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$114 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.

Bottom line

Choice Privileges is selling points with a 40% bonus, which is an opportunity to buy points for ~0.71 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?

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Comments
  1. I buy them frequently via the method of making a cash+points redemption and then cancelling the booking to get the cash portion back as points.

  2. @GUWonder Which price do you get via your method?

    @Ben What do you think? How are the chances that there will be a Daily Getaway promo this year? Was it interrupted in 2020?

  3. Felix,

    Via the method I use, it’s now 0.80 cents per point if having 6000 points already in the account. It was, until rather recently, just 0.75 cents per point. So they have raised the price after years and years of keeping the price at 0.75 cents per point. To me, this suggests the Choice program has rather suddenly decided to get more “innovative” in a way that is to the detriment of the Choice program account users and further devaluations may be in the works or even already hit but not noticed much (if at all yet).

  4. Daily Getaways 2020 was interrupted due to the pandemic in 2020 and so never took place last spring/summer.

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