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

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

Million Mile SecretsGood News for Southwest Companion Pass, You Can Now Buy More Choice Hotel PointsMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Update:   After March 31, 2017, transferring hotel points to Southwest no longer counts towards the Companion Pass.  But here’s how to earn Companion Pass points when booking paid nights at hotels.

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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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

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

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?

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.

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.

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