Earn Enough Points for a Free Night for Completing 2 Stays at Choice Hotels This Summer

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Choice Hotels is out with its summer promotion for 2021, and it's very similar to what we've seen in the past. Once again, members can earn at least 8,000 points for completing two stays. That's enough for a free stay at more than 1,000 of Choice properties.

Or, you can opt to turn those 8,000 points into a $50 gift card. That's how Choice is selling this promotion: “Stay twice. Earn a $50 gift card.” Through August 9, 2021, Choice will let registered members redeem just 8,000 points for a $50 gift card. That's half of the 16,000 Choice points typically needed for such a redemption.

Choice summer 2021 promotion banner

This deal is interesting because the total points you earn with two stays are the same whether you pay $40 per night or $150 per night. If you pay more than $300 for the two stays, you'll earn a minimum of 5,000 bonus points on the two stays. I dig into all of this in detail below.

Terms and Conditions

  • You must register with Choice for this promotion before you complete your first stay.
  • At the time of registration, you must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address.
  • Qualifying stays will have an arrival (check-in) date between May 24 and July 11, 2021.
  • Note that consecutive nights at the same hotel only count as one stay, regardless of check-ins or check-outs.

How you earn points:

  • Registered members will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 to a maximum of 8,000 bonus points after the second qualifying stay. The number of bonus points awarded depends on the number of base points earned from the two separate qualifying stays.
  • The total of base points plus bonus points awarded will be at least 8,000 points. That's the number of points required for a free night at over 1,000 Choice hotels worldwide.

Booking restrictions:

  • Book your stay through ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4.CHOICE.
  • If you're a corporate traveler, you can book your stays through your corporate booking system, GDS, or with a travel agent to qualify. However, stays booked through Egencia's Preferred Rate Program do not qualify for promotional bonus points.

Exclusions

Not all stays are eligible for this promotion. As per Choice's T&Cs and FAQ page, here are the stays that are not eligible for this offer:

  • Nights where the base rate costs less than $40 per night
  • Stays booked at Ascend Hotel Collection all-inclusive resorts
  • Stays booked at a Woodspring Suites property
  • Stays at vacation rental property locations and Choice Hotels' properties in the following countries: apan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Guyana, and Ecuado
  • Reward night stays
  • Complimentary rooms
  • Rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting
  • Rooms booked through a travel agent or third-party online retailer including online travel agencies (unless you're a corporate traveler)
  • Wholesale packages or group tours
  • Stays booked using the employee discount or the friends and family discount

Doing the Math on This Choice Promotion

In a nutshell, Choice is guaranteeing that you will earn at least 8,000 points for two stays. But it's first factoring in the base earning rate of 10 points earned per dollar. If you spend $40 each on two (separate) one-night stays, your base earnings would be 800 points (10 points x $80). With this promo, Choice will give you another 7,200 to get you to 8,000 points total.

If you spend $280 total on the two stays, you'll get 2,800 points as part of the normal earning scheme, and Choice will only give you another 5,200 to get you to a total of 8,000.

Choice states that the minimum number of points you can earn is 5,000. Thus, if you spend more than $300 total on your stays, you'll earn 5,000 bonus points. For example, if you spend a combined $800 between the two stays, you'll earn 13,000 bonus points (8,000 from the $800 in spending, plus 5,000 bonus points). In other words, once you hit the $300 threshold, you'll earn more than 8,000 total points from the two stays.

Tips for Booking

After you register for the promotion, you can start searching for those low-cost nights here. Make sure to pay for the stay with one of the best rewards cards for travel purchases. Right now, several credit cards offer 3X points on hotel purchases:

Our Take

We're scratching our heads a bit with the incentives Choice has created for this promo. By offering to make up the difference in points to make sure you reach 8,000 in total, the best way to maximize your value is to book the cheapest possible nights that qualify ($40 or more). In other words, the promo planners seem to be focused on getting you to stay at a Choice hotel rather than creating marginal revenue—and that's just fine by us!

If you value Choice Points at somewhere between 0.5 and 0.75 cents apiece, the value of the points is only around $40-$60. So, this isn't a deal that justifies shaking up your travel schedule. That said, if you have a need for an airport hotel before an early departure or another overnight in a low-cost market, this is a nice way to snag some extra value.

If you find yourself traveling to locations outside of major cities, this promotion could be especially lucrative. Choice Hotels has a lot of properties in smaller towns — check out AwardMapper to see if a hotel is where you're traveling.

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  • I have found on numerous occasions value using Choice points toward a points + cash purchase. 6,000 points can easily cut upwards of $100 off the price.

  • OK, registering was easy but being able to find the specific property on their website for booking was not. For some reason I was not able to book any properties in Portugal there

  • Crystal Dawn Levering says:

    This seems fun! I’ll try it if I can manage during the pandemic!

  • Bill from Maine says:

    Choice always makes it easy to earn a few extra points and the redemption rates for the most part are reasonable.

  • Dexter Ohama says:

    Now that we’re working our way out of the pandemic, many hotels are offering deals & promotions. I’ve been keeping up with many of them & this one is top of my list. My family will be traveling 2x & will be using this promotion. With a family of 4, we we easily be spending more than $300 a day. Jump on it when you can, it well worth it.

  • Suyoung Choi says:

    Very nice promotion. Too sad US and Canadian addresses only. I wonder if there is any promotion that is as good as this one and is valid for non-US or Canadian addresses.

  • Maryjane says:

    I just made a booking for work in a town where a choice hotel is the only option. So as long as I have another stay in the applicable time period, this is a nice bonus.

  • Registered. Thanks for the heads up. I’m on a Choice stay right now that will bet me a big stash of points and I got their cc earlier this year, so I’m going all in on their program.

  • Nordic Choice always offers unique promotions for that part of the world.

  • As per the article, there are some cheap and decent Choice hotels near the airport, certainly would not go out of my way to use.

  • Why only for those who live in the USA or Canada? They make me sad.

  • Not a lot of time. Offer valid only for stays completed by March 21.
    Super restrictive offer considering the particular period.

  • I’m going to take advantage of this program. Looking forward to this year and beating Covid and all of the restrictions that are present. Hoping for a better year!

  • I won’t be able to earn some more points with this offer.
    Anyway, considering the extremely reduced number of people traveling nowadays they could offer a greater bonus (40% or more).

  • They do have some nice hotels in some places I would like to go eventually. Though earning points with them right now is not a big priority. I had bought something through a shopping portal and it took a lot of asking when it would be credited after 3mons from purchase. I would probably do it again to get my points extended though. I don’t know if I would pick Choice over Hilton or Hyatt.

    Why don’t companies just auto enroll people for promos? I bet even though they are hoping not everyone remembers to look for promos? Either way not everyone will take advantage and it would make people feel valued if they didn’t always have to look to see if they are registered for a promo.

  • Great offer but this COVID situation sudden lockdowns are more common everyday. So you may end up losing time and money.

  • I’m tempted but just not sure when travel restrictions will ease up to really take advantage of this.

  • Nice way to extend points during this covid time, without buying them for cash.

  • This is a nice idea. However, it’s so hard to travel with all the restrictions going on. Some municipalities want to close up restaurants again and force take out only again. Some areas don’t want you to travel into their districts. They are making hard to plan for some travel enjoyment.

  • Bill from Maine says:

    Choice is one of the handiest point currencies to hold. They are everywhere and most of the properties have improved greatly over the last few years. Like you mentioned, I would like to see Choice liven things up a bit rather than running the same tired bonus program every quarter.

  • It’s funny how they mention the paid rate needs to be $40 or higher.
    I wonder if there are any Choice properties lower than $40 per night to begin with..

  • I’m not sure yet if I’m going to take advantage of this promotion but I have signed up. I have an Amex offer that would be stackable (For Comfort Inns) and definitely book through a cashback portal for the most benefit.

  • This looks like a great deal! I’m jst a bit scared of traveling these days. once all this passes, im hoping to use this deal

  • Its a great deal. Would love to do it once the pandemic its over! ?.

  • Paula Garabaya says:

    I like that we are starting to see promotions that are actually good.
    Maybe we will just do two long weekends now.

  • I think that one of the important points, besides being an interesting promotion from the economic point of view, is that the establishments guarantee the hygiene necessary to prevent infections.

    • The way I see it, is that you get exposed to the virus when you out and about when traveling rather than hanging out in your own hotel room.

      • They’re learning more and more about this virus everyday, thankfully. Currently, there is thought that poor ventilation might be a problem, as in recirculating the same air without proper filtration or the inclusion of outside air. If that turns out to be true, hotels will need to assure visitors that they have the proper precautions in place for hanging out in the room.

  • This seems like such a great deal!! I’m so wary of traveling these days though. Hopefully I will be able to start back up very soon!!

  • Perfect for long road trips with multiple overnight stays along the way. With a little bit of planning, it’s not hard to earn a decent amount of points without spending a lot, especially if you can double dip with the right credit card.

  • I like that we are starting to see promotions that are actually good.

  • I would love if Hyatt would do something like this!

  • This is a great deal. We participated last year on our cross-country road trip. And I’m sure we’ll take advantage of this promotion again this summer! Thanks for the heads up!

  • This could be very lucrative for me as I need to go to some small Pacific Northwest towns where this is one of the only chains. I may as well take advantage of it.

  • While rates are lower now and this seems like a good promo, I dont think people are ready to start travelling and staying in hotels already.