Through Friday, November 17, 2017, Choice Privileges is offering a 30% discount 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. If you buy 50,000 points it would cost you $385, which is a cost of 0.77 cents per point.
Lately Choice seems to be offering discounts on purchased points more frequently, and when they do, 30% off seems to be as good as it gets. 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, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$123 per night, which is quite a good deal.
However, there’s one quirk to be aware of when it comes to redeeming — if you don’t have status you can only book at most 30 days out for US and Canada properties, and 60 days out for other properties.
At the moment this promotion is potentially even more lucrative than usual, though. Through November 30, 2017, United is offering a bonus when you convert hotel points into MileagePlus miles (registration is required). While they’re offering a 30% mileage bonus for most of their partners, they’re offering an additional bonus when you convert Choice Privileges points into MileagePlus miles.
During this promotion, you can receive 3,250 United miles per 5,000 Choice points. That means that buying 50,000 Choice points for $385 would earn you 32,500 United MileagePlus miles, which is a rate of ~1.18 cents per MileagePlus mile. That’s quite an attractive deal, and almost a rate at which it could make sense to speculatively buy miles, in my opinion.
Do you plan on picking up Choice Privileges points through this promotion, either for the purpose of hotel redemptions, or for the purpose of generating United miles?