Choice Hotels: Earn 8,000 Points For 2 Stays

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Choice Hotels has announced their latest promotion that guarantees at least 8,000 points for 2 stays. This promo is somewhat complicated since it does not give a set number of bonus points, but instead a set number of total points. However, ultimately every two stays you will earn enough points for a free night.

Choice Hotels Spring 2018 Promotion

Key Terms

  • You need to register for the promo
  • Promo is valid for stays between April 2 and May 25, 2018
  • Earn 8,000 points total for 2 stays – Including the 10 points per dollar spent you normally earn
  • Spend more than $300 on room rates and receive a 5,000-point bonus
  • Promo is only open to US and Canadian residents
  • FAQs — Terms & Conditions

Earning Examples (from Choice)

  • Stay 2 times and get: Points for 1 free night at 1,000 hotels at the 8,000-point level
  • Stay 4 times and get: Points for 2 free nights at 1,000 hotels at the 8,000-point level OR Points 1 free night at over 4,800 hotels, at the 16,000-point level
  • Stay 6 times and get: Points for 3 free nights at 1,000 hotels at the 8,000-point level OR Points for 1 free night at over 5,500 hotels at the 20,000-point level + up to 4,000 points left!
  • Stay 8 times and get: Points for 4 free nights at 1,000 hotels at the 8,000-point level OR Points 2 free nights at over 4,800 hotels, at the 16,000-point level OR Points for 1 free night at over 6,300 hotels at the 30,000-point level + up to 2,000 points left!

Is It Worth It

Interestingly this promo seems to reward those that spend less rather than big spenders. Indeed, if you stay two nights spending $50 per night for a total of $100, you would receive 1,000 points for your stay plus an additional 7,000 points to bring you up to the minimum of 8,000 points. If, on the other hand, you spend $300 for two stays, you would receive 3,000 points for your stays plus an additional 5,000-point bonus for a total point tally of 8,000 points.

This structure effectively means that your bonus earning potential stagnates after spending $300 for two stays, and that you are far better off spending the least you can to maximize your bonus point earning.

Keep in mind that 8,000 Choice points will only get you into one of Choice hotels’ lower ranked properties. To hit one of their more high-end properties costing 30,000 points per night, you will need to stay 8 times, which while appreciated is hardly worth writing home about.

Our Take

If you regularly visit areas where Choice hotels offer a good cheap option, then this promotion can add quite a bit of value to your stays. On the other hand, if you normally spend a little more then you can get better value points wise from directing your stays at something like the IHG Accelerate promo which can rack up a significant number of points for relatively few stays.

Source: Loyalty Traveler

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  • There are a few Choice hotels that honestly aren’t that bad, so if you’re close to a free night through these offers, it’s not terrible.

  • Not usually my first choice (of a place to stay).

    Sorry, couldn’t resist, but very true!

  • Our favorite Choice Property, Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, never accepts Award reservations, and other properties in US aren’t that great.

  • I’ve registered. Choice hotels aren’t luxury by any means, but I’ve stayed in some nice ones here and there on quick road trips whenever I didn’t want to burn points from my more upscale hotel programs.

  • I love choice hotels, great service and great price.

  • Rewarding those who spend less is just for me. But, I don’t see 2 separate stays at Choice Hotels by May 25 as being in my future. Thanks anyway, and just in case.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    Yet another promo limited to US and Canadian residents. Do Choice Hotels not realise there is a world out there?

  • Very good offer, but as European not for me!

  • Also not my favorite brand, but good to have the information. Thanks.

  • Only for North-America 🙁

  • These points are eapecially good value in otherwise expensive Scandinavian properties.

  • I guess I’m in the minority, but I usually enjoy my stays at Choice properties
    Thanks for sharing the deal

  • Thanks for letting us know!

  • Not my favorite brand either, but buy 2 get 1 free is not bad.

  • Choice Hotels may not be the most luxurious, but getting some points helps create a good feeling.

  • This promo seems geared towards lots of small stays rather than anything extended. Good to know!

  • They run this promotion a couple of times per year without change so it becomes dull and boring really

  • If you seek out many reviews of the various Choice hotels it is possible to find one that meets your requirements.

  • I’ll sign up but it’s unlikely I’ll be able to take advantage of it since the promo has such a short window. Especially since there are other promos right now.

    Learning about where there is value in these points (Scandinavia) is what makes reading this blog, (including comments from other posters) so valuable.

  • I don’t even know which hotels are in this chain so probably best to just focus on IHG, etc.
    Don’t know why this chain is so hard to wrap my brain around. Thank you for the heads up on the promo!

  • @Ross says: “These points are especially good value in otherwise expensive Scandinavian properties.”

    Thanks for the insight on Scandinavia!

  • Not terribly exciting, but often have some practical alternatives to the big chains

  • Bill from Maine says:

    I signed up and will probably qualify for 8000 points. Between these offers which are constantly repeated and their credit card signup bonuses, it’s possible to rack up quite a few points (8,000 promo and 32,000 credit card/$1K spending signup bonus = 41K points minimum after spend is not to shabby.) Add spouse or S.O. and repeat.
    Yes, Choice can be hit or miss sometimes, but I have had some great stays in my area (Bangor/Choice & Quality Inn-Augusta/Quality Inn-Brunswick/Choice and North Conway NH/Choice) and they are equal or superior to some of the other major hotel chain offerings and continue to improve. They also come in handy (as do Wyndham, Best Western properties) when traveling to remote areas where other chains don’t have representation.
    If you’re going to stay in an area where this is all you have to choose from, these points often become invaluable especially during peak travel seasons when pricing soars.

  • Thanks, registered!

  • Thanks for the Info – will try to participate

  • Definitely good value to be found in Europe.

    But I’ve always been amazed at how these Choice promos essentially penalise expensive paid stays, since you get 8K no matter how low your rate…

  • 1 night free after 2 stays is not bad at all.

  • I registered, but didn’t like the old Choice expiration policy where you couldn’t do anything to extend expiration of points. I lost quite a few. Now you can extend them, but I still smart from losing the ones I did.

  • Carmen Sisson says:

    It seems like it would work to your advantage to stay at a Choice hotel for two nights, then if your trip is longer, move across town and stay at a different Choice hotel. Has anyone tried this?

    Also, I wish it was easier to figure out how many points I will earn on a stay to make sure I’m getting the right amount. I rack up the most points the fastest with Choice Privileges, but I understand how many points I am supposed to get until I check out and see it on my folio.

    Quality is somewhat sporadic. I’ve stayed in some (like the Comfort Suites Airport in Nashville) that were as nice as any higher dollar property I’ve ever stayed. A week later, I stayed at a Quality Inn/Econolodge in Memphis that had bed bugs.

  • Nordic Choice and Choice are related but not really integrated programs.

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