We’re in the second week of Daily Getaways, which is an opportunity to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages. Daily Getaways go live at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.
Today at 1PM Choice Privileges points are going on sale, so I figured I’d share my thoughts on who should consider buying them.
What does Daily Getaways charge for Choice Privileges points?
There are a few different packages available today:
- 14,000 Choice points for $80
- 28,000 Choice points for $144
- 42,000 Choice points for $205
- 55,000 Choice points for $265
You can purchase up to eight sets of points per Choice Privileges account (two of each type of package). The best value is for the higher quantities of points, which work out to a cost of ~0.49 cents per point. In comparison, Choice often sells points directly at a discounted cost of ~0.73 cents per point, so this is a great deal in comparison.
Should you buy discounted Choice Privileges points?
Choice points can of course be redeemed for hotel stays, and there are some surprisingly good values — 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
Some may also want to consider this promotion for the purposes of buying airline miles. Choice points can be converted into airline miles at a starting rate of 5,000 points per 1,000 airline miles. Choice has several airline partners, including Aeroplan, Alaska, American, United, etc.
In other words, if you buy the package for 42,000 points, you can convert 40,000 of those points into 8,000 airline miles. At a cost of $205 for the package, that’s like paying ~2.56 cents per airline mile.
That’s not a rate at which I’d speculatively buy miles. For comparison, so far this year:
- American has sold miles for 1.92-2.15 cents per mile
- Alaska is currently selling miles for 1.97 cents per mile
- United has sold miles for 1.75-2.30 cents per mile
So in many cases you’ll be better off purchasing points directly from the airline, though in some cases this can also be an opportunity to top off an airline mileage account. Often when airlines have promotions on the purchase of miles, there’s a high minimum number of miles you have to buy to achieve the lowest cent per mile cost. Being able to transfer just a few thousand miles into an account at this rate is decent.
My one caution is that converting Choice points into airline miles isn’t an instant process, so this isn’t useful if you have an urgent need for miles.
Buying Choice Privileges points for under half a cent each could represent a great deal. Generally I wouldn’t buy these points for the purposes of generating airline miles, though for hotel stays I do think it could make a lot of sense.
Do you plan on purchasing Choice points through the Daily Getaways promotion?