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Through June 1, 2018, Choice Privileges is offering a 40% bonus on the purchase of points.
The promotion is valid as long as you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction, and you can buy at most 50,000 points through this promotion. Points should post to your account within 24 hours. If you buy 50,000 points then you’d receive a total of 70,000 points for $550, which is a cost of ~0.79 cents per point.
Choice Privileges seems to be offering promotions on purchased points more often recently, and when they do, it typically comes in one of two forms — either they offer a 30% discount or a 40% bonus on purchased points. The 30% discount comes out to a slightly lower price, though the catch is that it also means you can buy fewer points.
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 ~0.79 cents each, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$125 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. Choice recently modified this policy, and you can now book up to 100 days out at all properties, which is great news.
Choice Privileges points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as travel spend for the purposes of your credit card. If you buy points you’ll want to first use a card where you’re meeting minimum spend, and then use a card that maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend.
Does anyone plan on buying Choice Privileges points with a 40% bonus?