Good News for Southwest Companion Pass, You Can Now Buy More Choice Hotel Points

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Folks seeking extra points for the Southwest Companion Pass will be happy to hear that Choice hotels has increased the maximum number of points you can purchase in a year.

In the past, you could buy 20,000 points at most per year.  Now, you’re allowed up to 50,000 points.

The price hasn’t changed.  It’s still $11 per 1,000 points.  But sometimes you can buy points much cheaper through deals like Daily Getaways or Choice hotel promotions.

Good News For Southwest Companion Pass You Can Now Buy More Choice Hotel Points

You Can Now Buy More Points Each Year for Stays at Choice Hotels, Like the Comfort Inn Palm Springs

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Choice Hotel Points Purchase

You can now buy up to 50,000 points Choice hotel points per year, instead of only 20,000.  Points cost 1.1 cents each ($11 per 1,000 points).

Folks often buy Choice hotel points to top-off their account for an award, or to transfer to Southwest to qualify for the Companion Pass.

Good News For Southwest Companion Pass You Can Now Buy More Choice Hotel Points

Choice Hotel Points Transferred to Southwest Count Toward the Southwest Companion Pass

Choice Hotels include Ascend CollectionCambria SuitesClarion, Comfort InnComfort SuitesEconoLodgeMainStay SuitesQuality InnRodeway InnSleep Inn, and Suburban brand hotels.

You can transfer Choice hotel points to Southwest at a ratio of 6,000 Choice Hotel points to 1,800 Southwest points.

Folks trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass by signing-up for 2 50,000 point Southwest cards will earn 104,000 points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

That leaves them 6,000 Southwest points short of the 110,000 required in a year to qualify for the pass.  It’s worth getting because your companion flies with you for almost free on paid and award tickets!

Good News For Southwest Companion Pass You Can Now Buy More Choice Hotel Points

Two Can Fly for About the Price of 1 With the Southwest Companion Pass

So to get 6,000 Southwest points, you’d transfer 24,000 Choice Hotel points (24,000 Choice Hotel points = 7,200 Southwest Points).  But in the past you were restricted to buying 20,000 points per year.

Now it’s not an issue!  24,000 points will cost $264.

Or you can use points for free nights at Choice hotels anywhere (including typically expensive nights in Europe).

Note:   Buying Choice hotel points does NOT count as travel using the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card.  So you can’t redeem points and get 2.2% back for your purchase.

Keep in mind, there are even cheaper ways to earn Southwest points toward the Companion Pass, like buying flowers and gifts!

Bottom Line

You can now buy up to 50,000 Choice hotel points per year.  Previously, the maximum was 20,000.

That’s good news for folks trying to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.  Or for those who buy Choice points for expensive award nights in Europe.

I wouldn’t normally buy Choice points unless they’re on sale, but the new limit should be useful for some!

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13 responses to “Good News for Southwest Companion Pass, You Can Now Buy More Choice Hotel Points

  1. I signed up for The Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® Card which has no annual fee. It offers 8,000 points with 1st purchase [no dollar amount stated] and then 24,000 points with first stay, which can often be quite low in price [can just book a room locally and then check in and out and not even stay]. Those 32,000 points will convert to 9600 SW points, more than enough to make the points needed for CP.

  2. I’m confused by this statement –

    Now it’s not an issue! 24,000 points will cost $264. But you can use those points for free nights at Choice hotels anywhere (including typically expensive nights in Europe).

    You can’t use the points for free nights if you’re transferring to Southwest, correct?

  3. @Colin – yes, once the points are transferred to Southwest they’re poof! gone. Cannot be used for anything else. It’s either/or – for Southwest or for rooms.

  4. Can sw points be converted to choice hotel points?

  5. @Richie – There are very, very few ways to convert airline miles/points to hotel points. About the only one I know of is Hawaiian Airlines to Hilton.

  6. For others trying to get their SW companion pass – you get 30% extra choice privileges points right now thru 2/28/15 – I just bought 10,000 points for $110 and got 3,000 for free. Hope this helps someone!

  7. I believe there is no more “daily getaway” from Amex but I sure wish there were. Maybe they will bring back the offers. Ho easy is it to get barclay again after having before? With the lose of the SW business plus, have to find new creative ways to get the points.

  8. Can my husband buy Choice points and transfer them to my Choice points account and then can I transfer those to my SW Rapid Rewards to use towards a companion pass?

  9. Has anyone done the choice hotels points to southwest points successfully? How long did it take for the points to show up in your Southwest account after the conversion transaction? I know the site says 6-8 weeks but I wanted some real world experience if possible.

  10. Hello all. I cannot figure out on the Choice Hotel website how to physically transfer the points to Southwest. I do not see any part of their website that talks about these transfers. Does anyone know the correct path? Please help! Thank you.

  11. I, too, have the same question as Jeff…I could not find any way after logging into my Choice account to transfer to Southwest Rapid Rewards. So anyone that has done this recently, please advise…thank you! And confirm that this transfer does count toward the companion pass?

  12. I too can’t locate on the choice website the location to make the transfer.

  13. I couldn’t find a way to transfer the points online either. I ended up calling the Choice customer relations number and they put the transfer through.
    Choice Hotels CUSTOMER RELATIONS: 800-300-8800