Choice New Year's Promotion: Earn Double Points on Every Stay

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Choice Hotels is out with its first promotion of 2021, offering double points for staying at Choice properties. For this Choice promotion, members can earn up to 30,000 bonus points through February 28, 2021.

Here's how the deal works:

  • Earn double Choice Privilege Points per stay up to 30,000 bonus points.

Choice Promotion Key Terms

  • Choice Privilege members must register with Choice for this promotion before you complete your first stay.
  • This promotion is good for qualifying stays between January 18, 2021 and February 28, 2021.
  • Your Choice Privileges account must be registered in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, participating countries in Central America and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, or Singapore to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Paid stays with a nightly rate (before taxes and fees) lower than $40 will not qualify.
  • Qualifying stays will have an arrival (check-in) date between January 18 and February 28, 2021.
  • There is no limit on the number of qualifying stays in which members can earn bonus points during the promotion period.
  • The maximum bonus points earned throughout the promotion period will not exceed 30,000 points.

Booking restrictions

  • Book your stay through, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4.CHOICE.
  • Some properties aren't eligible for this Choice promotion. These include WoodSpring Suites hotels and Ascend all-inclusive resorts, as well as all properties located in Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia.
  • Members must select Choice Privilege Points as their earning preference in their online account to receive the bonus. That means if you are currently earning airline or Amtrak points from your Choice stays, you must switch your earn preferences to Choice Privileges.
  • Excludes reward night stays, complimentary rooms, rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting, rooms booked through a third party online retailer including online travel agencies, wholesale packages, group tours, and stays booked using the employee discount or the friends and family discount

Choice Hotels Feature

Tips for Booking

After you register for this Choice 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:

Final Thoughts

This promotion is a refreshing change for Choice, who tends to recycle the same ‘complete two stays and receive 8,000 bonus points' promotion quarter after quarter. Even better, unlike some of Choice's previous promotions, this one does seem to offer decent value.

For example, let's say you have a two-night stay coming up where the room rate is $200/night before taxes. With Choice, you typically earn 10 base points per dollar in eligible room rates. Choice doubles this under the current promotion. That means instead of earning 4,000 points, you'll earn 8,000. Many of Choice's lowest-tier properties start at 8,000 points per night. So in this example, your two-night stay would net you enough points for a free night.

Additionally, Choice has added several membership markets to the eligibility list this time around. Choice's previous promotion was limited to American and Canadian members, so it's fantastic to see that this one includes more members globally.

Choice Privilege Points are great for free night awards in upscale overseas properties and last minute overnight airport stays. So if you have any intentions of completing a stay at a Choice hotel by February 28th, take the minute or two to register now. Also, remember that Choice Hotels has many properties in smaller towns that you might not expect. Check out AwardMapper to see if there's a Choice hotel where you're traveling.

How do you feel about Choice's New Year promotion? Is it convincing you to book a stay at a Choice hotel?

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    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.

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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..

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    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.

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    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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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      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.

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        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.

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    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!!

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    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.

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

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    I would love if Hyatt would do something like this!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.