Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Radisson, have all announced their fall 2018 promotions. We’ve seen nothing from Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, but they seem to be a mess right now, so it might be that they don’t offer a promotion till they figure things out.
Now Choice Privileges has revealed the details of their summer promotion, which is kicking off shortly and looks similar to their summer promotion.
Choice Privileges is offering up to 8,000 bonus points after making two stays between September 12 and November 9, 2018. This promotion is only available to members based in the US and Canada, and you can qualify for this bonus an unlimited number of times.
Here are the basic terms to be aware of:
- Registration is required prior to the check-out of your first stay
- Members will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 bonus points and a maximum of 8,000 bonus points, depending on the number of base points earned from the two stays
- Only bookings made directly with Choice (through their app, website, or by phone) qualify
- You must set your earnings preference to Choice Privileges points in order to qualify
- Points should post within 72 hours of an eligible check-out
One thing that makes Choice Privileges promotions different than others is that the number of bonus points you earn varies based on how many base points you earn for a stay.
Choice Privileges isn’t offering 8,000 bonus points after two stays, but rather they’ll adjust the points you earn after two stays so that you have 8,000 points, including the base points you earn. Choice ordinarily offers 10 points per dollar spent, so if you made two one night stays that cost $100 each, you’d earn 6,000 bonus points, for example. If the two stays you make happen to be especially expensive, you do earn a minimum of 5,000 bonus points after every two stays.
Travis is more familiar than Choice Privileges points than I am, and he values the points at 0.75 cents each. So if you were to earn an average of 4,000 bonus points over the course of two stays, that would be like a $30 return per stay. In reality you’ll be earning a bit less, since those points factor in the base points you’d usually earn, so perhaps the real incremental return here is closer to $20 per stay. Given how inexpensive many Choice Privileges properties are, that can be a great deal.
While 8,000 points is enough for stays at most Choice properties, Travis has outlined how much value you can get with Choice Privileges points 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.
If you otherwise want to top off your balance of Choice Privileges points, you can buy points with a 40% bonus through September 13, 2018, which could represent a good deal.
Choice Privileges has offered the exact same promotion in spring, summer, and fall, so they don’t get any points for creativity. 😉 Here’s you’re earning somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 bonus points after every two stays, which is a return of ~$19-30 per stay. Given how inexpensive many Choice properties are, that’s potentially a solid deal, especially for one night stays.
Do you plan on taking advantage of Choice’s fall 2018 promotion?
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)