Choice Privileges Selling Points With 40% Bonus

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Choice Privileges has rolled out their newest promotion on purchased points, which has the potential to represent an excellent value.

However, let me note that most people probably shouldn’t be buying points right now. Once the current global crisis is over I’m sure we’ll see all kinds of great opportunities on purchased points, and I would guess we’ll even see better deals than we’re seeing right now.

However, I still do what I can to keep up to date posts on current promotions, and this is no exception. This promo is also valid for several weeks, so hopefully things will be looking better by then.

Buy Choice Privileges Points With 40% Bonus

Through Monday, April 27, 2020, Choice Privileges is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased points. The bonus is tiered, as follows:

  • Buy 3,000-4,000 points, get a 20% bonus
  • Buy 5,000-9,000 points, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 10,000-120,000 points, get a 40% bonus

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 has a cap of purchasing 120,000 points per account per calendar year. If you maxed out this promotion you could purchase a total of 168,000 points for $1,188, which is a cost of 0.71 cents per point.

Choice regularly offers promotions on purchased points. When they do, they typically offer either a 30% discount or a 40% bonus — the 30% discount gives you a slightly lower cost per point, while the 40% bonus increases how many points you can buy.

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 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.

What Credit Card Should You Buy Choice Points With?

Choice Privileges points purchases are processed by, 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) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review) — more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Does anyone plan on buying Choice Privileges points?

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  1. “I would guess we’ll even see better deals than we’re seeing right now.”

    I disagree to this statement. On the contrary, for ‘hotels’ the chain itself doesn’t likely face much cash issue and each property is managed separately. I see know reason why corporate needs to sell points for cash rather than giving out extra points for more stays.

    Unlike airlines, where selling points goes directly in to keep operations running.

    My take, buy hotel points when it’s a great deal. This 40% is just a normal good deal, you can stay put for now. If Choice, Marriott, Hyatt, etc. throws in highest ever bonus (unlikely) you should buy it.
    Do not buy airline points even if they throw in highest ever bonus. The crazier it gets, the more likely the airline will fail.

  2. Choice Hotels – I had a few points reservations this spring at some Europe properties, and I could immediately cancel them online with the points returned to my account. This is very different than many other companies.

  3. I don’t know why, but I feel like many will try to sell points to get some income during the pandemic to stay afloat, but at the same time I feel like as soon as this pass, they will devalue the points. Points are like loans, and they will try to minimize their obligations once and pandemic is over. Just a feeling…

  4. I came here to find out if I should be shopping (as in a nice 2-slice toaster) with my airline points right now. I realize that it offers very little value – but I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the value 6 months from now. Any thoughts?

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