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This Choice Privileges buy points promotion has ended. However, you can still purchase Choice Privileges points.
Choice Privileges is running a buy points promotion sale, offering members a 25% discount when buying 16,000 or more Choice Privilege points now through May 18, 2022. This lets members snag Choice Privilege points for as little as 0.77¢ 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 in is cheaper than paying the cash rate.
- This promotion is valid on points purchases through 11:59 p.m. EST on May 18, 2022.
- Buy 16,000+ Choice Privilege points and receive a 25% discount.
- Members can buy or receive up to a total of 180,000 points in a calendar year
- Points appear in 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.
The amount of discount you will receive depends on how many Choice points you buy:
- 1,000-3,000 points — no discount
- 4,000-7,000 points — 10% discount
- 8,000-15,000 points — 15% discount
- 16,000-180,000 points — 25% discount
The best cost-per-point comes when you buy at least 16,000 Choice Privileges points. At this threshold, you can get them for just 0.77¢ 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.
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!
I recently redeemed Choice points for a stay at Hotel C Stockholm and found that hotel guests even get a discount at the ICEBAR.
Located in the heart of Stockholm, hotel room rates can be pricey — averaging at least US$240 per night. But with reward nights only costing 16,000 points, buying 16,000 Choice Privilege points in this sale would cost $123.60.
Affordable Rooms (With Free Breakfast) in Japan
After years of closed borders, Japan is planning to open to tourists in June 2022. If you're one of the many travelers ready to visit the land of the rising sun, using Choice Privilege points is a great way to do so without breaking the bank. Many Choice-affiliated hotels in Japan cost just 8,000 points per night.
As I've found from experience, you're not going to get a very large room in these hotels. But, these Comfort Hotels are generally located within walking distance of Tokyo's excellent metro system and provide a free breakfast buffet. That makes these properties a heckuva deal for just 8,000 points per night.
During this buy points sale, you can buy 16,000 points — enough to book two nights — for just $123.60. That's a cost of just $61.80 per night. Outside of booking a capsule hotel, you're going to struggle to find a cheaper night in Tokyo than that.
Visit Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is a destination that many travelers have on their list. Around the fall, there are hotels that range from basic to super fancy. Prices can be higher than average, even for basic hotels, because it's such a touristy area.
This property is priced at just 12,000 points per night on a weekend. If you buy Choice points for 0.77¢ each under this promotion, you would pay only $92.70 for a weekend night. Cash prices are $126 or higher, depending on the time of year. That's a savings of over $30 per night.
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:
- Citi® Double Cash Card
- The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
- Chase Freedom Unlimited®
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 5X bonus points on Choice purchases as well as 2X bonus points everywhere else.
It's also worth mentioning that Choice Privileges has three transfer partners:
- Amex Membership Rewards — points transfer 1 to 1 and should be immediate
- Capital One Miles — points transfer 1 to 1
- Citi ThankYou Rewards — points transfer 1 to 2 (meaning you get double the points that you transfer)
That means any credit card you have which earns these points can effectively earn Choice Privileges points.
Choice tends to rotate between two types of buy point promotions, with the best being these: one offering 40% bonus points and one offering a 30% discount. So, this promotion falls short of the best offers. However, if you can score a high-value redemption this summer, it can certainly make sense to buy Choice points at 0.77¢ per point.
With that said, it still 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 0.77¢ per point?
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