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