Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb?

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This could be interesting!  Hotel News Now reports Choice Hotels plans to expand their vacation rental options to more 3rd-party management companies as soon as this month (they currently have listings in 3 US destinations).

And, they’re considering person-to-person vacation rentals (like what Airbnb does) in the near future!

Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb

Choice Hotels Might Open a Platform for Person-to-Person Vacation Rentals. They’ve Already Started With Rentals From 3rd-Party Companies in 3 US Destinations

I’ll share the details.  And what this could mean for your hotel points!

Choice Hotels Will Offer More Vacation Rentals on a New Platform

Link:   Choice Hotels Vacations

Link:   Airbnb (Get $20 Off Your 1st $75+ Booking)

Choice Hotels is moving forward with a new platform to list vacation rentals from 3rd-party property management companiesThis is in addition to the ~6,300 hotels and half a million rooms they currently have!

Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb

You Can Already Book Vacation Rentals From 3rd-Party Property Management Companies, Including Places Like the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

Choice Hotels include:

This gives folks a LOT more options to earn Choice Hotel points.  Including in places where there aren’t Choice Hotels.  And, some of them are already available to book as part of their roll-out in:

  • Catalina Island, California
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Right now, you can earn Choice points when you book vacation rentals.  But you can NOT redeem Choice points for them.

Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb

You Can Earn Choice Points When You Book Vacation Rentals. But You Can’t Use Them to Pay (So Far)

Along with the new platform, they’re also planning changes to their Choice Privileges loyalty program.  I don’t know the details yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear more!

Person-to-Person Rentals Are Also in the Works

Choice Hotels is also considering expanding into person-to-person vacation rentals, similar to Airbnb.  That would mean folks could list their private rental on the Choice Hotels website.  And then rent it out to travelers.

Choice Hotels says that’s their next step after expanding with 3rd-party vacation rentals.

What This Could Mean

Currently, you can redeem AMEX Membership Rewards points for Airbnb gift cards.  Or, you can use Barclaycard Arrival miles earned from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard to offset travel charges of $100+ (including Airbnb).

There aren’t many easy or convenient ways to pay for private residences with points.  But it would be terrific if you could.  So I’m hoping this will mean a new way to redeem Choice Hotel points in the near future!

Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb

A Major Hotel Partner Could Mean Higher Standards. And Hopefully Elite Stay Credit!

Having a major hotel partner on board could also mean higher quality control for private listings.  Because the hotels could enforce minimum standards and service levels to be a part of their listing program.

That would gives lots of folks more peace of mind when renting from an individual.  Until then, check out my tips on how to find a safe and comfortable listing on Airbnb.

A few other things I’d like to see are:

  • Options for earning and redeeming points for private rentals
  • The ability to earn hotel elite status from vacation rentals
  • Minimum standards for listings, like coffee service, in-room Wi-Fi, or certain toiletries to meet brand standards
  • More hotel chains on board with this type of partnership!

Hopefully this is the beginning of an exciting new trend.  Because it would give folks more options for earning and redeeming their hotel points.  Which makes them more flexible and therefore valuable!

I’ve written you can transfer Choice Hotel points to Southwest if you want extra points to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.  So this could make also mean another way to earn Southwest points!

What Are the Drawbacks?

While I’d like to be able to earn elite status credit for renting an apartment or private room, it could be hard for elite status perks to be recognized by an individual.

For example, there may not be upgrades available.  And other perks, like free bottled water, breakfast, or late check-out and early check-in, might not be included.

Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb

It Could Be Difficult or Impossible for Individuals to Deliver Elite Status Perks Like Breakfast, In-Room Wi-Fi, or Late Checkout

And, if there’s a service issue, like a noisy or dirty room, a power outage, or last-minute delay, it would be harder for Choice Hotels to make it right.  Because there might not be any other rooms in the area they have access to.

I’m looking forward to hearing more about their plans.  But I also hope they will implement quality controls if they decide to move forward with this program.

For example, they could add a system where too many negative reviews gets a listing removed from the program.  Or places with higher reviews could achieve a higher “level” within the program.

Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb

It Could Be Hard for Choice Hotels to Maintain Quality With Person-to-Person Rentals. And I Hope They Don’t Lose Focus on Their Other Hotel Brands Before the New Platform Comes Out!

They might also consider only having private apartments where there are no Choice Hotel locations to prevent competition with their main brands.

Finally, I hope this new venture doesn’t mean they’ll stop (or slow down) development of their other hotels.  Apartment-style rentals will always be different from hotel stays because of there are no daily maid cleanings, no room service, and no front desk.

This is certainly an interesting direction.  And I’m curious to find out how Choice will implement it!

Bottom Line

Choice Hotels is launching new options to access vacation rentals from 3rd-party management companies.  So far you can book rooms (and earn Choice Hotel points) in Catalina Island, Myrtle Beach, and the Smoky Mountains.  Soon, there will be even more!

I’m interested in their plan to introduce person-to-person rentals, similar to Airbnb.  I’m hoping it will mean new ways to earn and redeem Choice Hotel points.  And that other hotel chains will get on board with this idea!

Choice Hotels is also planning changes to their loyalty program, Choice Privileges.  As soon as I hear about them, I’ll let you know!

Would you book a private residence if you could earn or redeem hotel points for your stay?

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3 responses to “Will Hotels Start Renting Private Residences Like Airbnb?

  1. Hi, credit cars expert.

    I booked hyatt chicago recently, after few days I checked the price, the hotel lower the rate. Fortunately, I noticed it and called hyatt, they matched the lower price for me. My question is in future, if I book hotels in advance, should I check the rates every day until I check in for a lower price? Is there a better way such as hotel price monitor so I do no need to do so since it is annoyed.

    Thank you!

  2. I would definitely consider booking a private residence to earn hotel points. My family likes to stay at unique places instead of typical hotel rooms. I also like Mom and Pop type motels, I wonder if they would bring independents on board a program like this.

  3. @XINYAN ZHAO – Not that I know of. I usually check my reservations every so often to make sure I’m still getting the best rate, too.

    @Terri Clark – That would be wonderful! I’m curious to see where they’ll take this next!