Choice Privileges has just revealed the details of their next major promotion.
Choice Privileges is offering double points for stays made between December 4, 2018, and February 15, 2019. This promotion is only available to members with accounts registered in the US and Canada, and you can earn a maximum of 30,000 bonus points during the promotion period.
Here are the basic terms to be aware of:
- Registration is required prior to the check-out of your first stay
- Only bookings made directly with Choice (through their app, website, or by phone) qualify
- A qualifying stay is one that is eligible to earn Choice Privileges points, except stays booked at rates below 40USD per night, reward night stays, etc.
- You can’t earn double points for Choice properties in Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Guyana, and Ecuador
Choice Privileges members ordinarily earn 10 points per dollar spent, meaning that during this promotion they’d earn 20 points per dollar spent. Since you’re earning an extra 10 points per dollar spent with a cap of 30,000 bonus points, this means you earn the bonus for the first $3,000 spent with Choice.
The above amounts don’t include elite points bonuses — Gold members earn a 10% bonus on base points, Platinum members earn a 25% bonus, and Diamond members earn a 50% bonus.
Choice ordinarily requires somewhere around 6,000 to 35,000 points for a free night redemption. So while I wouldn’t say their return on spend with this promotion is exceptional, it can be worthwhile for many.
For example, one popular use of Choice Privileges points is when redeeming at their properties in Scandinavia, including the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret and the Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion. There you can redeem 16,000 points per night for a stay at a Clarion Collection property that includes breakfast, an afternoon snack, and supper, and those hotels often retail for $200+ per night.
For the past several seasons, Choice Privileges has offered a promotion for 5,000-8,000 points after every two stays, so this time around they’re mixing it up by offering double points. This promotion is better for those who spend more per stay, while the previous promotion was better for those making short, inexpensive stays.
For the most part I don’t get very excited about the Choice Privileges program, though if you’re going to stay at one of their properties anyway, you might as well take advantage of this promotion.