Choice Privileges, Choice Hotels’ loyalty program, is currently selling award points with a 40% bonus. That enables you to buy Choice Points for roughly 0.596 Euro-cents per point and to sleep in many hotels at a very low price.
Choice Points can be especially valuable in Scandinavia as by buying points you can often save over 50% on your hotel stays. Other countries, such as the UK or Germany are also worth taking a look at. You should, however, also consider if you’ll be able to spend the points in the near future as simply accumulating points without a precise purpose is generally not recommendable.
Buy Points for 0.60 Cents per Point
Choice regularly sells the points with a 40% bonus, or a 30% discount, just like they are now. Nevertheless, the bonus depends on the number of points that you purchase:
- up to 7,000 points: 20% bonus (0.772 Euro-cents per point)
- 8,000 – 19,000 points: 30% bonus (0.642 Euro-cents per point)
- starting at 15,000 points: 40% bonus (0.596 Euro-cents per point)
If you purchase at least 15,000 points before December 1, 2020, you’ll get a 40% bonus. If you wish to get the optimal price, you need to buy at least 21,000 points (15,000 + 6,000) points for US$198.00 (~€164.24). That gets you to the price of 0.71 US-Cents per point, i.e. 0.596 Euro-cents per point.
Please be aware that it takes up to 24 hours for the points to be credited.
If you wish to buy points, simply click on the following Link, enter your account credentials and select the number of points that you wish to purchase:
You can then simply pay for the points using a credit card. Afterward, you need to select United States as your country and any random state. Other countries tend to throw an error message.
You can buy up to 250,000 points per year through offers like this one, which, depending on the required number of points, can get you roughly 10 to 31 award nights.
Book Hotels Starting at €48
If you have bought the points as described above, you’ll receive them within 24 hours, followed by a confirmation email. Now you can start redeeming them for hotels. In and outside Europe, you can get an award night starting at 8,000 points.
If you pay 0.6 cents per point, this adds up to a room rate of €48. In expensive countries, such as Sweden, it is remarkable how many hotels fall into the cheapest categories. To give an example, the Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance Malmö only costs 8,000 points per night. A regularly purchased night, however, can often cost €100 or even more, as you can see in the following example for February 2021:
In the above example, by buying the points, you’d be paying €48 instead of SEK 1,160 (~€114) – saving over 50%! You should, obviously, however, consider the current travel restrictions.
Choice Hotels are also attractive because:
- in almost all hotels (in Scandinavia) a generous breakfast buffet is included
- Clarion Collection hotels even serve a light dinner for free
- some hotels not only offer a standard room but even Superior rooms and family rooms for 8,000 points.
You should, however, be aware that award nights are available up to 100 days before arrival. At least, however, award nights are then cancellable for free.
Status Match to Choice Privileges
Hint: Choice Hotels offers a simple status match. The benefits are sadly quite weak, but as it’s for free, why not do it?
In Scandinavia “Nordic Choice Hotels”, another loyalty program, has better benefits. You can redeem regular Choice Points, but the status will not always be recognized.
Translated by Ditmar Lange