Last Chance to Buy Choice Points With a 30% Discount

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There are only a few days left to take advantage of Choice Hotels' latest points sale. This latest promotion offers a 30% discount when buying 3,000 or more Choice Privilege points through June 12, 2020. This lets members snag Choice Privilege points for as little as 0.69¢ a piece.

A Note on Buying Points

At AwardWallet, we don't generally recommend buying points and miles speculatively. Most loyalty programs sell points at a price point that makes it difficult to receive outsized value, so you're often better off holding onto your cash.

There are at least two exceptions, however. The first is when you only need a few more points to complete a redemption you're planning. Buying points can make a lot of sense here since it's one of the fastest (and easiest) ways to top-off your account balance. The second is when buying the points necessary for an award night in the hotel you want to stay is cheaper than paying the cash rate.

Offer Details

  • Promotion is valid on points purchases through 11:59 p.m. EST on June 12, 2020 
  • Receive a 30% discount when you buy 3,000 or more Choice Privilege points
  • Members may buy or receive up to a total of 180,000 points in a calendar year
  • Points will be posted to your account within 24 hours after your transaction
  • Purchased points do not count toward Elite Status or Lifetime Elite Gold status
  • Transactions are non-refundable

Buying the maximum number 180,000 points will set you back $1,247.40. This works out to 0.69¢ per point.

When Does it Make Sense to Buy Choice Points?

In some of our previous posts about Choice Hotels, we've alluded to the fact that Choice points can be especially valuable for hotels overseas—specifically in areas with limited chain hotel options. Let's take a look at a few Choice properties to demonstrate how much you could save by buying Choice points instead of paying the cash rate.

Comfort Hotel in Sorrento, Italy

Comfort in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento is one of the most picturesque villages along Italy's Amalfi Coast, offering beautiful views of Naples, Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri. As you'd expect, the hotels in this area can be expensive. Thankfully, award rates are less so.

The Comfort Hotel Gardenia is a 27-room property offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea from its upper floors. While the nightly rate can push upwards of US$233, the reward rate is a reasonable 10,000 points per night. Buying 10,000 points at 0.69¢ a piece costs just $69, meaning you could save over 70% on the room rate by buying points and redeeming them instead of booking outright.

Luxury in Denmark

One of our favorite ways to redeem Choice Privilege points is for stays in Scandinavia. Hotels in this area of the world can be very costly for travelers. Yet, Choice offers a variety of hotel options serving all budgets. Northern Europe is also one of the places where we can use our points for stays at Ascend properties, one of the luxury brands in the Choice Hotel portfolio.

Located just across the street from Copenhagen University, Skt. Petri is one of Choice's Ascend properties, delivering luxury and comfort for those traveling to Denmark's capital city.

Nightly rates hover around US$386, but reward nights cost only 20,000 points. If you bought Choice points under the terms of the current promotion, you'd only spend $139—a 64% savings compared to paying the cash rate.

Chill in Stockholm

Sticking to Scandinavia, Stockholm is an exciting city filled with fun things to do and cool experiences to try. It's also home to almost a dozen Choice properties of varying price points.

One of the coolest and most centrally-oriented of these hotels is the Hotel C Stockholm. It's also part of the Ascend Hotel Collection and is home to ICEBAR, a 60-person bar where everything (including your glass and the bar itself) are sculpted from ice!

ICEBAR Stockholm, located inside Hotel C

Rates can be pricey, averaging US$250 per night. But with reward nights only costing 16,000 points, buying Choice Privilege points would only cost $111 after the 30% discount.

Maximize Your Purchase

Unfortunately, Choice point purchases are processed by Points.com—not Choice directly. This means that buying Choice points likely won't trigger the travel category bonus on any credit card. If you choose to buy Choice points, your best options are to use the purchase to help qualify for a minimum spending requirement or use a card optimized for everyday spending. Some of our favorite options are:

Other Ways to Earn Choice Points

A cheaper way to build your stash of Choice Privilege points is with the Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® Card. This no-annual-fee card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 32,000 Choice Privilege points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. It also offers 15X bonus points on Choice purchases as well as 2X bonus points everywhere else.

It's also worth mentioning that Amex Membership Rewards is a 1:1 transfer partner with Choice Hotels, meaning cards like American Express® Gold Card and American Express® Green Card can effectively earn Choice Privilege Points. While I wouldn't recommend using all of your Membership Rewards this way—they can be worth a lot more if used for other types of redemptions—this can still be an easy method to top-off your account balance in a pinch.

Bottom Line

Choice tends to rotate between two types of buy point promotions: one offering 40% bonus points, and one offering a 30% discount. At 0.69¢ per point, this is about as cheap as Privilege points get—aside from Daily Getaways. Choice doesn't offer these promotions nearly as often as some other loyalty programs. So when they do, it's worth at least considering.

Even with that said, it bears repeating that buying points probably won't make sense for most people. Make sure you have a great redemption in mind before you consider making a purchase.

Are you going to buy Choice points for 0.69¢ per point?

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Comments

  • Buying points in current market condition is a big no. The only time it makes sense is if you have travel coming up.

  • The choice properties in Scandinavia are so much better.

  • What would be the best credit card to use to purchase these points? Thanks

  • Even if the occurrence isn’t often, I’m not a person to buy points. Only once in my life did I buy the smallest amount of points and that was $10 to Marriott to keep 90,000 points from expiring.

    • JT Genter says:

      Buying points surely isn’t for everyone. It’s much better if you can generate all of the points that you need through credit cards and promotions. However, I have bought hundreds of thousands of points and miles over the past few years to complete travel plans that I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. When you don’t have the points and can score awesome properties–like the 3 in this article–it can definitely make sense.

  • Looks like a good deal. However, if you don’t have a specific travel plan scheduled yet, I still don’t recommend that you stock up the points, it will depreciate as time passed by, trust me…

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    This is a good deal to accrue points. I also like how I gain points by cancellations caused by covid panic over reactions. I’ve gained a lot by silly cancellations by short sighted governments. This deal is all reward.

  • Yeah, I just dont feel motivated to buy points right now. Once I have a clearer picture of what my travel will look like after coronavirus, I will be more likely to buy points.

    • I agree on the uncertainty making it harder to plan travel especially abroad. This looks like a good deal but I feel like there will be other good hotel/flight deals coming up that do not require this commitment right now.

  • Pink wallet says:

    Buying miles or points when the future of some airlines and hotels is so uncertain is a very risky proposition. What is my recourse if they dont honour the points.

  • I really like Choice for clean and affordable rooms. Somewhere between Motel 6 and Hyatt Place. There are some very nice Sleep Inns and Comfort Suites at very good prices. Good breakfasts too. Choice points are worth roughly 0.6 cents each; maybe a little more. The promotion they often run where after two stays they give you enough points for a free night is a good one.

  • Actually buying Choice points can make some sense, for use overseas.

  • Never a big fan of buying points- rather sign up for a credit card and get them for free!

  • I have always kept the idea of Choice points as a way to limit costs for future Scandinavia travel. I have always wanted to go to one of the ice hotels. I’m sure those aren’t bookable with points but it is nice that I might be able to get a taste of this with the ice bar.

  • Its a good opportunity!! The Choice Group has very comfortable hotels! I use frequently Clarion hotels. These hotels belong to Choice Hotels Group.

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