Choice Hotels

 

Earning Points

Hotel Stays: 10 points per dollar up to four rooms per night on qualifying stays. 

  • Exclusions: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden (For those countries, you need to earn points via Nordic Choice Club). You are also excluded from earning points in Guyana and Ecuador. 

Vacation Rentals- You can also earn 10 points per dollar spent on vacation rentals

Credit Cards- Barclays offers a Choice Privileges Visa Signature Card. It has usually comes with a 32,000 point sign on bonus; $0 annual fee; Gold elite status; earns 2x points for everyday spending and 15x points at Choice hotels; 8,000 points every anniversary if you spend $10,000 per account year.

Buying Points- Choice offers a points + cash option for booking hotels in which you can buy 1,000 points for $7.50 (0.75 cents per point). You do need a minimum of 6,000 points in your account for this option and the maximum you can buy is 250,000 points. If you cancel your award booking, your refund will be in the form of points. (This option might be good for those very expensive hotels and resorts that are fairly reasonable on points) 

Points Expiration- 18 months from inactivity.

Hotels Brands

High EndAscend

Upper Mid-Tier- Cambria

Mid-tierComfort Inn, Comfort Suites, and Sleep Inn.

Lower Mid-Tier- Quality Inn and Clarion.

Long Term- MainStay Suites and Suburban.

Low Tier- Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn.

Vacation Rentals: Choice Vacation Rentals

Elite Status

Choice has four different elite status levels: Members, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

Members (base)- Late checkout (2pm)

Gold (10 nights)- 10% points bonus; elite reservations and customer service line; and welcome gift or bonus points. 

Platinum (20 nights)- 25% points bonus; elite reservations and customer service line; and welcome gift or bonus points. 

Diamond (40 nights)- 50% points bonus; room upgrade; elite reservations and customer service line; and welcome gift or bonus points. 

Bonus points for U.S. hotels: 250 bonus points at Ascend, Comfort Suites and Comfort Inn hotels; 200 bonus points at Clarion, Sleep Inn, Quality and MainStay hotels; 100 bonus points at Econo Lodge, Rodeway and Suburban hotels.

Bonus points for Canadian hotels: 250 bonus points at Ascend, Clarion, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn and Quality hotels; 200 bonus points at MainStay and Sleep Inn hotels; 100 bonus points at Econo Lodge, Rodeway and Suburban hotels.

Elite Status Match: You can match your status from another hotel to Choice Hotels.

Using Points

Hotels- Choice does not have an award chart, but hotels are between 6,000-35,000 points per night (except Australia, which can go up to 75,000 points per night). Some hotels are occasionally discounted through FlexRewards. However, you can only book free nights 100 days in advance. 

Airlines- You can transfer Choice points to various airlines and Amtrak (32,000 to 5,000). The airlines you can transfer to are Alaska (5 to 1), United (5 to 1), Aeroplan (5 to 1), Southwest (6 to 1.8), Qantas (20 to 3), and AeroMexico (5 to 1).

Blue Green Vacations- You can get a two night stay plus a $50 mastercard reward card for only 16,000 points. However, you do need to sit through a 2-hour timeshare presentation. Be sure to say no at the end of the presentation. They have more than twenty locations, mostly in vacation regions

Preferred Hotels and Resorts- You can also use your points at Preferred Hotels and Resorts, which has more than 500 hotels all over the world. The points required range from 25,000-55,000 points per night. 

Vacation Rentals– You can also use your points for vacation rentals