Does It Make Sense to Buy Choice Points With a 25% Discount?

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Choice Privileges is running a buy points promotion, offering members a targeted 25% discount when buying 4,000 or more Choice Privilege points now through August 31, 2021. This lets members snag Choice Privilege points for as little as 0.74¢ a piece.

buy Choice points with a 25% discount

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.

Offer Details

  • This promotion is valid on points purchases through 11:59 p.m. EST on August 31, 2021.
  • Buy 20,000+ 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.

There are three tiers to the buy points promotion:

  • 1,000 – 4,000 points: no bonus (1.21¢ a piece)
  • 5,000 points: no bonus (1.1¢ a piece)
  • 6,000 – 9,000 points: 15% discount (0.94¢ a piece)
  • 10,000 – 11,000 points: 15% discount (0.84¢ a piece)
  • 12,000 – 19,000 points: 20% discount (0.79¢ a piece)
  • 20,000+ points: 25% discount (0.74¢ a piece)

Note that you'll pay a higher rate on Choice point purchases under 10,000 points. You'll want to buy at least 12,000 Choice Privileges points to buy Choice points for under 0.8¢ per point.

When Does it Make Sense to Buy Choice Points?

In some of our previous posts about Choice Hotels, we've alluded 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.

Stay on Route 66 and Visit the Grand Canyon

Road trips are all the rage now — especially with families. What better road trip can you get than driving Historic Route 66 with a detour up to the Grand Canyon!

Rodeway Inns are generally considered Choice's lowest-tier properties. However, the Rodeway Inn & Suites Williams Downtowner-Rte 66 bucks that trend. The recently renovated hotel—also known as The Downtowner—features a funky Route 66-themed lobby and well-appointed rooms and suites:

This property is priced at just 10,000 points per night for Sunday-Thursday nights starting September 16, 2021. Weekend nights are slightly more at 12,000 points. If you buy points for 0.74¢ each under this promotion, you can score weekday nights for $74 per night and weekend nights for $89 per night. Even better, you can book suite rooms for the same award rate. And some of the suites even feature whirlpool baths:

Buy Choice points for $74 per night

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.

use Choice points to stay in Copenhagen

Nightly rates hover around US$468, but reward nights cost only 20,000 points. If you bought Choice points at 0.74¢ per point through the current promotion, you'd only spend $148 per night. That's almost a 70% 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 $119 if you bought at the optimal rate.

The Ridgeline Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection in Colorado

While many of Choice's sweet spots lie overseas, there is a gem right here in the U.S. that members may want to take advantage of. Located just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, The Ridgeline Hotel typically costs around $200 per night before tax. However, as of July 1, 2021, award nights cost just 8,000 points per night—making it a steal on points!

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 up to 75,000 Choice Privilege points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. Plus earn 25,000 additional bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 180 days. It also offers 5X 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. Unfortunately, this promotion falls short of either of these. Still, if you can score a high-value redemption this summer or fall, it can certainly make sense to buy Choice points at 0.74¢ 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 0.74¢ per point?

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  • In my opinion there are very good opportunities even though a lot of low end hotels. Which by the way are not too bad for one night stay near the airport.

  • Even though a lot of people don’t like the offer of this chain because there are not high-end hotels there are sometime very good deals.
    Apart from the example in the article I would like to mention also some hotels near some airports.
    In that case you need to stay only some hours (in bed) at the hotel before the flight.

  • Hernan Paponi says:

    Good explanation for those who only like to earn miles doing shopping. Thanks

  • It’s just not worth it for 99% of the trips. But there are always exceptions I suppose.

  • Bill from Maine says:

    With the latest 75K offer for the credit card , I think I’m finally going to apply for the card. Buying that amount of points would cost me $556.00, still not a bad rate but spending $3,000.00 on items I was going to actually purchase anyway seems to keep me on track towards my goal of flying and staying in places for the least amount of money possible.

  • Yes, I agree completely with what it is explained in the article.
    The most value of the points exists when redeeming of a low level hotel in the US. Sometimes it’s not extremely low level anyway (apart from the breakfast).
    And the gem are the redemptions in Nordic countries in Europe.

  • Even though I always prefer to get miles by shopping, this explain very well for people like me how can be a good option as well.

  • Im not going to buy points but I have a stay at a Choice Hotel for work in the next few weeks. These articles are great for showing me where I might redeem the points I’ll earn.

  • the other JT says:

    There is definitely hidden value here when you can find it. I purchased points with the specific purpose of booking four nights in an ocean side two bedroom suite. The cost of the points was $396. The refundable cash rate for the same room was $1063. That is a 63% discount! This might be an exception, but for now I am counting this as a nice win.

    There are also some decent arbitrage opportunities when redeeming Choice points for Preferred Hotels. It is a little harder to find ‘value’ here, but it can be found and opens up more redemption possibilities. https://preferredhotels.com/offer/participating-hotels-choice-privileges-rewards

    • Nice! Mind sharing the property where you got that awesome redemption?

      Also, nice name! 😀

      • the other JT says:

        It was at the Port Inn and Cottages in Port St. Joe, Florida. It is between Panama City and Cape San Blas. The property was devastated by hurricane Michael a few years ago and just reopened. It was a bit of a SNAFU. Only inn rooms can be booked with points. The Choice booking system has the incorrect occupancy for several rooms. We booked a room that was supposed to occupy five persons that actually only could occupy four. Fortunately we called ahead, and because the issue was on Choice’s side, they put us in a cottage that can occupy six.

        • JT Genter says:

          Ah yes, the Ascend Collection can provide some excellent redemptions. And that looks like an incredible property! Also good to hear that Choice made things right with that occupancy snafu.

    • Yeah, it would be great to know the name of the property.

  • Highly recommended. With Choice I was able to earn a reward night a couple of years ago.

  • Alain Feldman says:

    For me the most important thing is buying points to keep my existing points from expiring. Great way to save miles.

  • I’m perhaps in the minority but I’m a big fan of choice points and can see value in this promotion

    • I see some excellent values in some hotels (especially the hotels in Scandinavia).
      There are also some fair hotel in the centre of some city with an excellent revenue value.

  • Linda Mary Falat says:

    Am I reading this wrong, I figured it would cost me $7100 for 14,000 points. Am I missing something here.

  • Juan Martin says:

    Buyint milles only makes sense if you are planning a trip and even there in some cases it’s not worthy as getting a ticket through milles limits you in options. Earnings milles when using a credit card is best option as you are not taking ectra cash. It will take longer to earn the milles but no charge

  • 30% bonus is not really going to make much of a difference, but better than nothing to top up for a specific reward redemption.

  • II need to find someway to extend my expiration date. If I buy points with this do, the trix?

  • For a redemption at the upper end it certainly makes sense

  • Does Choice offer some kind of shopping portal?

    • Yes, it’s called “Choice Privileges Online Mall” and it’s certainly a better way to extend expiration than buying points IMO.

  • Buying points can be a great way to extend the expiration life of your points. Unlike most other chains, booking award travel and then cancelling later do not extend points expiration.

  • For the part mentioned in Bottom Line section, actually, 30% discount is slightly better than 40% bonus.
    Math: 1 / (1 + 40%) = 71.4% => 28.6% discount

    • Agreed. However, the 40% bonus lets you get more total points at an advantageous rate. Although with this promotion’s high cap, it’s kinda a moot point.

    • That’s exactly what he said: “The latter offers a slightly more favorable rate.” The 30% discount is the latter, while the 40% bonus is the earlier/ former one mentioned.

  • I would also add a third possibility: when the points are expiring it could make sense buy some points to extend the expiration if there are no other easy ways to earn or redeam points in short time.

  • I would rather get miles through shopping, never buy.

  • Especially with COVID, it never makes sense to buy points unless ridiculously discounted,.. and even then!

  • Why does Choice outsource the purchase transaction function?

    • It’s not just Choice. Most airlines and hotels use Points.com as a platform to sell points. I figure it’s just easier to use an existing platform than building your own.

  • Will buying points keep my existing points from expiring?

  • Only if you have immediate need of such miles is the simple answer.

  • Randall pettit says:

    I purchased points before sept. 8th but later it was denied why? I still want to buy points

  • Don’t worth to buy this points to redeem hotels. Prefer to apply a AE card to earn marriott points here. there also have a marriott challenge to be a platinum member.

  • Gabriel Molly says:

    Yes, I will be buy Choice points. This price is cheap for me to stay at some hotels. Big Thank for this information so that i can get very good price to stay at next month.

  • In this context, it does not make sense to buy points in any way. Unfortunately.

  • Bill from Maine says:

    The current offer for a Choice credit card is now 50K after $1K spend and no annual fee. I’m point rich in the other major programs but only have 68K with Choice, so if I do pull the trigger on adding more points, it’s probably going to be the credit card route.

  • In general, like the article points out. It’s never a good deal to buy points. It’s rare. Also, there have been much better bonuses than 40%. Should a second wave come, I’m sure the promotions will get better.

  • 25% is not a big discount in my opinion even though you can find good use of points.
    I think a 30-40% was more appropriate given the situation due to Covid-19.

  • Lillian Dikovitsky says:

    Just applied for the Choice card with the 32,000 points. I never really use this brand much but for staying a day or two at a place I think I will try it more.

  • shira tova says:

    I’m concerned about all these programs getting devalued.
    So my advice is to stay away unless you are going to use these points quickly

  • Good offer for us. can be improve our travel

  • Bought 30K years ago ans tuck with it. I would say it is not worth it if you don’t have immediate plan in mind

  • First example of using points to get a great deal near Rocky Mountain National Park would only be advantageous if you are planning on traveling there by 9/15/2020 and if the park has opened up in the areas you planned to see. I believe it is still partially closed, so probably not a good time to plan a trip there. Please check with the park before traveling. My feeling is that it is not a good reason for purchasing points for the time being.
    Maybe there are other reasons for good deals in the USA, but I am not aware of them.
    Thanks.
    Don

    • Daniel Young says:

      Just got back from staying at Ridgeline in Estes Park for 12,000 points. All of Rocky Mountain National Park is open. You just have to make a reservation for entry which just takes a few minutes. Park isn’t crowded at all. Great time to go

  • Buying miles at this time with such a poor discount is a no! This kind of offers should be improved!

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

    • The Clarion Collection hotels in Nordic with breakfast, all-day snack and dinner included are fantastic.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

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

  • The choice properties in Scandinavia are so much better.

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