Earn a Free Night for Every 2 Stays at Choice Hotels This Summer

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Update: This promotion has been tweaked to be more generous for travelers that complete two Cambria stays. See the Cambria Hotel Stays section below for details.

Choice Hotels is out with its summer promotion for 2020, and it's very similar to what we've seen in the past. Once again, members can earn at least 8,000 points from every two stays. That's enough for a free stay at more than 1,000 of Choice properties. What's more, there's no limit to how many times you can get this deal.

Even better, if you complete the two stays at a Cambria hotel, you'll earn a minimum of 20,000 points from the two stays. That's enough for a free night at over 50 Cambria hotel locations.

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, so your return is greater the less you spend. If you pay more than $300 for the two stays, you'll earn a minimum of 5,000 bonus points on the two stays.

Choice Hotels Promo Info

Key Terms

  • 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 June 10 and September 7, 2020.
  • 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.
  • There is no limit to how many times you can secure this deal. Booking 10 nights separately at a base rate of just $40 each will net you 40,000 bonus points.

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 with the SEGEN and SRTLG rate codes do not qualify for promotional bonus points.
  • If you are earning airline or Amtrak points from your Choice stays, you must set your earn preferences to Choice Privileges in your online account.

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 an AMResort all-inclusive property
  • Stays booked at a Woodspring Suites property
  • Stays at vacation rental property locations and Choice Hotels' properties in the following countries: Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia
  • Reward night stays
  • Complimentary stays
  • 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

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 normal earning 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 always get 5,000 bonus points. For example, if you spend $800 or more 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.

Cambria Hotel Stays

After we originally published about this deal, it was sweetened a bit for Cambria Hotel stays. Travelers that complete both stays at a Cambria hotel will earn a minimum of 20,000 points — instead of the 8,000 points in the general promotion.

No separate registration is required for this promotion. The terms and conditions for this variation of the promotion can be found here. Like the general promotion, travelers will earn a minimum of 5,000 bonus points for the two stays. However, travelers are guaranteed to earn at least 20,000 total points from the two stays. That's enough for a free night at over 50 Cambria hotels.

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 back to 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. Now the only question is how many times you can benefit from this promotion before September 7th.

H/T: TPG

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Comments

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Nordic Choice properties are not a good deal to earn bonus points through this promotion anyway.

  • 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!

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

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

  • My question is… do i need to take 2 consecutive days to apply for this promo? Is it possible with two separete dates? Thanks!!

    • JT Genter says:

      You certainly don’t need them to be consecutive! You can book two stays anytime in the promotion to qualify.

      • I didn’t think of that! But we could use a long weekend anyways. Maybe we will just do two long weekends now.

    • B1BomberVB says:

      Dates may be separate–anytime before Sep. 7. But remember, it’s 2 stays! A solid week or month in one hotel is only one stay!

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • I see you need to have a US or Canadian mail address.
    It was like this also in the past?
    I have never noticed this.

  • Urfa Zaki says:

    Its a very attractive deal but the pandemic situation has made the people reluctant to travel during the summer 2020.

  • This CHOICE hotels group actually is a BAD CHOICE.

    Terrible chain of hotels.

  • 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.

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

  • Richard O'Neill says:

    For me, this is terrific information. We will be attending a small outdoor wedding in Chicago this August. On our drive from the Philadelphia area to the wedding we are planning an overnight road road stay somewhere in the Cleveland area – both outbound & return trips. Needless to say we will stay with Choice and bag a free stay and get 8,000 points. Thanks for the info. Richard

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