Do Choice Privileges Points Expire?

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Yes. If you have no activity on your account for 18 months, Choice Privileges points expire. Qualifying activity resets the expiration clock on your points for a further 18 months. Per the Choice Privileges website:

As long as you are an active Choice Privileges member, your points never expire. You must, however, complete at least one qualifying activity every 18 months to maintain an active account and to retain your accumulated points. Choice Privileges points are forfeited in accounts that have no qualifying activity during the previous 18 consecutive calendar months.

Choice Privileges has paused point expiration through the end of 2021. However, this is only for elite members. See this post for the airline and hotel programs that have paused the expiration of points and miles.

Be sure to track your Choice Privileges Points with AwardWallet to be alerted before your points expire.

Choice Privileges rewards

 Qualifying Activity to Extend Choice Point Expiration

Per the Choice hotels FAQ page, only the following activities count as a qualifying activity to prevent points expiration:

Non-Qualifying Activity

The following activities do not count towards resetting your points expiration date:

  • Rooms booked for under $40
  • Rooms booked through third-party retailers or as part of a convention or meeting
  • Gifting points — only the person receiving the points qualifies for a reset of points expiration
  • Registering for a promotion
  • Non-point eligible stays

Our Take

With so many different options to keep your points alive and 18 months to take advantage of them, there is no excuse to letting your Choice Privileges points expire. Even if you're stuck at home, you can keep your points from expiring by simply transferring a few Membership Rewards points to Choice Privileges.

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    It’s a bummer that only the person receiving gifted points qualifies for the reset of expiration… 🙁

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    Mariana Mori says:

    Thanks for the useful information. We always have to be on the lookout for the expiration conditions.

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    Good to know…very usefull info. No loyalty program should ever expire. Thanks!!

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    Sebastian Basadre says:

    Hello,
    I would like to know if buying miles in AA site, would eventually avoid miles to expire?

    Thank you

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    German Gigy says:

    Have established a special expiration program due to the covid19 pandemic ?

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    Yes, it’s true. As there are several options to earn miles it’s a pity lose the Choice Privilege points.
    Looking at the non-qualifying activities I noticed the fact that booking a room under $40 doesn’t help to avoid the expiration of points.
    There are not a lot of rooms under $40 but it’s something I would like to remember in the future in order not to do this particular mistake.

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    Choice is underrated I think. They gave 50k bonus points. Yeah sometimes not the greatest hotels but in a pinch when traveling they have worked well for us. Also going BIG with 1 or 2 nights works well for the big bonus points. We may be using our nights this summer on our travel.

    Also sometimes especially in more rural areas you can find a choice hotel more than some of the other bigger brand hotels.

    if you had a previous choice account and get the CC make sure you match those up as its been a pain in the butt trying to call customer service etc having them put my points on my other account etc..

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    I don’t know if it officially works to reset the clock, but I know I’ve personally extended my expiration by redeeming e-reward currency for Choice points. If you take the occasional survey, one of the better use of e-rewards is a small redemption to keep your points from expiring so you don’t need to use something more valuable such as Membership Rewards points.

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    Some useful info here, thanks

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    Troy Weiland says:

    Love having all my rewards tracked thru one site! This is so helpful, especially trying to make sure you don’t lose points by expiration- thanks AwardWallet

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    Frederick Vos says:

    I am a marriott titanium member; are there any partnerships with American airlines?

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    Jamie Eubanks says:

    Choice gets knocked for some valid reasons, but there’s definitely some value here and there to be had. I personally don’t mind using them for a night when I get in later and need just a bed.

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    Frederick Vos says:

    Can you get an upgrade when using points?

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      JT Genter says:

      You can! As a Choice elite, I’ve gotten upgrades on points bookings. That said, since you can typically use points to book suites or better rooms, I usually just book into the best-available room!

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    I dont understand why booking a room for under $40 does not count for the reset of the expiration of the points. That is an actual activity with the hotel chain.

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      JT Genter says:

      Agreed that’s a weird one. I could see not considering it as an elite night – so as to prevent travelers from manufacturing elite status. But, it should still count for extending point expiration!

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    BTW,I often transfer Amtrak points to Choice, but I noticed recently when I tried to do this that Amtrak has removed the ability to transfer Amtrak points to choice. Without notice.

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      JT Genter says:

      I noticed that too! I was hoping that it was just a temporary issue. I’ll reach out to Choice to see if I can get some clarity about this.

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    Yeah I researched into Choice hotels and got just a few miles to see how long it will take to credit a shopping trip. Yep that took forever. I have bought points with them to make sure now I don’t lose any points. I was happy to find out how easy it is to keep the points active. I don’t have any options really to use them right now but since I’ll be staying at a few this summer it’ll be nice just to keep them going until I want to use them.

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    It is interesting that …

    “Rooms booked for under $40”

    …also do NOT reset the expiration dates

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    It is interesting that Qantas participates in the point exchange though Choice is not particularly dominant across Down Under.

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      JT Genter says:

      Choice may not be dominant, but they are definitely around! There are a bunch of low-category (and fairly low-quality from my experience staying at a couple) Choice hotels around Australia.

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    All hotels and airlines should switch to not allowing points to expire or something like a 5 year expiration, just good for customer satisfaction!

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    Is there a minimum number of Membership Rewards points that have to be transferred? It would be nice if you could transfer one point but I imagine it’s more like 1000 points. I like Choice points but I prefer to use my MR points for other things.

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      JT Genter says:

      Yeah, unfortunately, the minimum is 1,000 points. And indeed it’s not a great use of MR points. But, the opportunity is available if you need to save your Choice points in a pinch!

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    I’ve never really tried PP program. It seems I’ll give it a shot soon..

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    Bhikhu Shah says:

    No company should expire points now, unless there is no activity for 5 years.

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    Your Choice Privileges loyalty points
    We know you have a lot on your mind during this period of uncertainty as it relates to COVID-19. That’s why we have paused Choice Privileges points forfeiture for our most loyal customers until December 31, 2020. For Elite members, points forfeiture will remain paused through December 31, 2021. This update will allow Choice Privileges members more time to redeem points and achieve greater flexibility when planning future travel.

    We understand that earning and maintaining Elite status for 2021 is also important to many of you. In 2020, we reduced the number of nights required to reach Elite status, and we’re extending this policy through December 31, 2021. You only need to stay 7 nights to earn Gold status, 15 to earn Platinum and 25 to earn Diamond. If you achieved Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status as of May 20, 2020, we’re extending your upgraded status through December 31, 2021, regardless of how many nights you stayed with us in 2020. As the current situation evolves, we will continue to evaluate opportunities around Elite status and will keep you updated on all loyalty program changes through our website.

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    Your info is not correct, the extension of points is for only the elite stats of choice rewards. Info was from choices website as of Jan 25 2021. All other category of choice rewards expire as per normal.

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    Hello Team-

    I’m not sure that Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards is still an option. I don’t see them as an available hotel partner. Perhaps you could verify and update your blog?

    Thanks,
    Jud8i

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    Hi..can you earn points for choice by participating in this blog?

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    For everyone’s info, I bought GC from giftcertificates.com and it seems they approve purchases in batches every 60 days. All the purchases were approved at same time even though purchases were made a different times up to a month aparrt. Other vendors may approve more quickly.

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    has anyone used the choice shopping portal to get a few points? I have tried it, but it says 60 days for posting. Is it the posting time or activity date that will determine if points expire?

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    Much better policy compared to their old one.

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    Yes, thanks to AwardWallet is easier to prevent several accounts from expiring.
    As the number of partners for hotel accounts is quite limited, avoiding their expiration is harder than for airline accounts.

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    Great useful guide for how to keep Choice Points from expiring.

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    Useful guide. I had some points expire recently.  😐

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    everything seems to expire w/n 18 months these days

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    Reminds me of the time when my choice points expired due to no account activity for 2 years…it was a sad day.
    I asked the customer service center if there’s anything they could do and they said tough luck.

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    Nice heads up. I need to be more mindful of such guidelines.

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    The_Bouncer says:

    Choice are also an e-rewards partner.

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    Interesting that giving points away won’t count.

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    Do most companies have a 18mon policy then? I am seeing a pattern. I wonder why they have gone with 18mons. At least we have a great place that will monitor this for us for an awesome price :O)

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    Can AwardWallet track Choice Privileges? If you can then you should say since it’s a useful feature 🙂

    By the way, these points are great to book hotels with in Norway, only 10,000 for great places in an expensive country.

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    It’s so hard to find these hotels in major cities.

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    Thanks for info!

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    jason picker says:

    good info to have.
    thanks for taking the time to share

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    Sounds like 18 is the magic number for most loyalty programs

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    Unfortunately I lost all the points I had due to expiration. Do they send an email or any other type of warning before the points expire?

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    hmm.. seems to be I should someone to gift a few points back and forth with.

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    Thanks, I need to look into this program a bit more closely, particularly for European redemptions.

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    Just registering for a promotion counts as activity to avoid point expiration? Really?

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    well good thing I don’t even have a account with them.

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    Thank you for the very timely reminder!

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    don’t have any choice privilege points but this is good info!

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    Nice that redeeming points counts, rather than just earning points. Makes things much easier!

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    What if you transfer points from your Amex account?

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    The_Bouncer says:

    Any activity on the account extends validity to another 18 months.

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    Thanks for the information. What about buying something through the Choice shopping portal?

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    Good to know! Thanks.

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    I had Choice Points at one time, however I cannot remember the last time I stayed at a Choice Hotel.

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    i had such trouble getting choice to credit a stay (which they never did) that just seeing the title of this post made me twitch.

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    Thanks for the reminder.