Choice Hotels is running a promotion where if you purchase their points you’ll receive a 50% bonus — which is actually the best purchasing points offer that we’ve seen! For those interested in Choice hotels, this promotion could actually be a great opportunity to stay at a hotel for less than the lowest paid rate. Today, April 29th, is the last day to take advantage of this promotion.
- Buy 5,000-9,000 points, receive a 20% discount
- Buy 10,000-19,000 points, receive a 30% discount
- Buy 20,000-29,000 points, receive a 40% discount
- Buy 30,000-50,000 points, receive a 50% discount
Buying Points vs. Paying Cash Rate
This is actually one of those promotions where you could actually save a ton of money by purchasing points vs. paying the lowest rate. One of the main reasons is that when redeeming Choice points, you pay the same number of points regardless of room size. So let’s say there is a studio and 2-bedroom suite available for a paid rate, you’ll see both of those room types available for using points and both rooms will require the same number of points! Unlike other hotel chains, you do not pay a premium in points for a larger room.
Choice Hotels also has a vacation club partnership with Bluegreen Vacations. They have some incredible 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and even sometimes 3-bedroom suites with full kitchens. This past winter, I stayed at one of their properties right near the ski resort Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. During winter season (which they deem off-peak) this property only costs 16,000 points a night for a studio or a 2-bedroom suite! Or, if you are looking to visit Cape Cod, there are two Bluegreen Vacation properties right on the beach which you can stay at for 32,000 points during peak summer season.
Or, you can just redeem 48,000 points for three “free” nights which you can purchase for $352. This means you are only paying $117 per night, which is pretty amazing!! I am personally very excited to go back to this resort next year since it is not far from Boston and we are a ski family!
Of course you are capped at purchasing 50,000 points per year, but remember that is per account. While I never suggest purchasing points speculatively, if you are looking to getaway or have an upcoming vacation at a Choice property, do the math to see if purchasing points actually saves you money. With all of this being said, there is one big thing to know about redeeming Choice Hotel points. Unlike most other chain hotel programs, you can only redeem your points 100 days in advance. This is definitely limiting for those who try to plan vacations far out in advance.
Lastly, one other thing to keep in mind is that the Daily Getaways promotion is starting next week where you’ll be able to purchase Choice Hotel points anywhere between 0.48 – 0.57 cents per point. While this is definitely a better deal, the amount available are limited and there is no guarantee that you’ll actually be able to purchase the deal as many times these promotions sell out in seconds.
Where will you redeem your Choice points?