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There’s an easy way to earn lots of points with Choice Hotels this spring.
Although they say you’ll get a free night, it’s really 8,000 Choice Hotel points – which is enough for an award night at over 1,500 lower-category Choice Hotels. But you can use the points however you want!
This could be a very good deal for folks who stay at Choice Hotels often, or can use the points for more expensive hotels in Europe. Or if you’re trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
What’s the Deal?
Link: Choice Hotels 8,000 Point Promotion Terms & Conditions (Sign-In Required)
To earn 8,000 points after every 2 stays with Choice Hotels, sign-up for the promotion and stay at any Choice Hotel worldwide until April 22, 2015. You have to register before your 1st check-out for the stay to count.
After every 2nd stay, you’ll get 5,000 to 8,000 points (depending on the number of base points you earned from the booking). There’s NO limit to the number of points you can earn!
Choice Hotels include:
To earn the bonus points, you must be a US or Canadian resident. A stay is defined as:
- 1 or more consecutive nights at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, or Ascend Collection hotels
- 2 or more consecutive nights at Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay, or MainStay Suites hotels (so you’ll need 4 nights total to earn 8,000 points)
However, if you have Diamond or Platinum elite status, you can book directly with the hotel (in-person or over the phone) and the stay WILL count.
Note: Be sure the earning preferences on your Choice Privileges account are set to points and NOT miles, otherwise you won’t earn the bonus points.
Is This Promotion Worth It?
It depends on your travel style, and how you like to use Choice Hotel points!
Some folks shy away from Choice Hotels because they perceive them to be a budget chain. It’s true that many of their locations are geared toward more frugal travelers, and some of their hotels (like Econo Lodge or Rodeway Inn) aren’t very fancy.
That said, Choice Hotels are a great option for folks who travel to smaller cities and towns. In those areas, you won’t always find chains like Hyatt, Club Carlson, Marriott, or Starwood. But you can almost always find a Choice hotel.
And many Choice Hotels are family-friendly. Hotels like Comfort Inn and Quality Inn often have large rooms, indoor pools, in-room refrigerators and microwaves, and free breakfast (no elite status needed!).
Award nights at Choice Hotels range from 6,000 to 35,000 points per night (more at some hotels in Australasia).
I wouldn’t usually use Choice Hotel points for stays at lower-category hotels. That’s because you can normally get paid nights cheaply.
A better use of Choice Hotel points is for expensive hotels in Europe, especially Scandinavia. You can often find moderately priced award nights that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars.
And folks who need extra points toward the Southwest Companion Pass could transfer Choice Hotel points to Southwest. You’ll get 1,800 Southwest points for every 6,000 Choice Hotel points you transfer.
That said, if you’re traveling to bigger cities, you might do better with other current hotel promotions. Especially if your stays are more than 2 nights, or if you have lots of paid nights coming up.
For example, you could earn:
- Double points at Starwood hotels on stays of 2 or more nights
- Up to 65,000 Hyatt points when you stay 25 or more nights (depending on your personalized offer)
- 15,000 points for 2-night stays, 30,000 points for stays of 3 nights or more with Club Carlson (an even better deal if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards card, because you get your last night free on award stays of 2 nights or more)
- Up to 50,000 points (depending on your offer) with IHG hotels
As always, consider your travel plans and how you’d use the points to see which deal is best for you.
You can earn 8,000 points (enough for a free night at a lower tier hotel) after every 2 stays at Choice Hotels through April 22, 2015. But you can use the points for any award you want!
Depending on the chain, a stay could be 1 or 2 consecutive nights. This promotion could be a good option for folks who travel to smaller towns and cities, for families, or if you’re planning a trip to Europe (where you can get award nights at expensive hotels for relatively few points).
Folks working toward earning the Southwest Companion Pass might also consider this deal, because you can transfer Choice Hotel points to Southwest and they’ll count toward the Companion Pass!