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Cheap Choice Hotel Points on Sale at Noon Today with Daily Getaways

by on April 19, 2011 · 17 comments

in American Express, Choice Hotels

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Today’s installment of the Daily Getaways cheap point liquidation is Choice Hotels. I don’t personally have experience with their loyalty program, Choice Privileges, because I never stay at their brands (Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Hotels, Econolodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collection), but their program offers a luxury hotel redemption option which I’m interested in and will describe in this post.

As with all Daily Getaways sales, they market these packages as certain rewards, but what actually happens is that you receive points in your account. Per the redemption FAQ: “By purchasing this 3-night Comfort Inn® reward, you will receive 36,000 points in the Choice Privileges® program. Points will be posted to the account number given at time of purchase within 20 business days of confirmation.” So while one package may be for “Cambria Suites,” that’s just marketing hype. You can actually use those points for whatever redemption you wish – even transferring to airline miles or using for free nights at luxury hotels.

Choice points can regularly be purchased for 1.1 cents a piece with a yearly maximum of 20,000. With this promotion, you can get them as low as .37 cents if you use an American Express card.
32,000 points for $134 .42 cents per point. $120.60 with Amex, .38 cents per point.
36,000 points for $156 .43 cents per point. $140.40 with Amex, .39 cents per point.
40,000 points for $166, .42 cents per point. $149.40 with Amex, .37 cents per point.

Most free nights can be redeemed for 6,000-8,000 points per night – you can check the full list of properties here. As with all promotions, I recommend doing the math before purchasing any package. These packages go very quickly, so if you want to purchase a package, have your browser ready to go at 11:58am EST, because it’s likely they will be gone in minutes. Quick tip: If it says the package is in another person’s cart, keep hitting “Try again.” I did that 10 times and ended up snagging a Hertz package, when I originally thought they were gone.

The luxury hotel redemption option with Preferred Hotel Group properties has me most intrigued. This little known feature can save you a ton of money, especially when redeeming at NYC properties. For example, you can get a free night at the Helmsley Park Lane hotel for a measly 40,000 Choice points ($149.40 when you purchase those points with this promotion using an American Express Card).

Points can also be redeemed for Barcelo all-inclusive resorts, so drink and food is included. Those free nights were just reduced and can be had for as little as 18,000 points.

Choice points can also be transferred to airline miles at a 5:1 ratio. For example 40,000 Choice points (which can be purchased for $149.40) will yield you 8,000 airline miles. 1.9 cents a mile is certainly cheaper than buying them from the airlines at ~2.7 cents a mile, but it’s still not a huge bargain – plus it will take up to two months to actually see the miles once you initiate a transfer.

And while I hope people wouldn’t buy these points and let them sit, they “expire on December 31, two years after the year in which they were deposited into your account unless forfeited or canceled earlier due to membership inactivity or otherwise in accordance to these rules and regulations.”

Since I have little personal experience with Choice, feel free to post your personal experiences in the comments section.

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  • John

    Odd. I signed up for a Choice Privileges account using the link provided in the offer. But when I put that number in to Discover America, I’m told to enter a valid loyalty number. I guess I can’t get this since the number given to me by Choice is not coming up as valid!

  • The Points Guy

    John- other people were having the same issues- it was a major tech glitch. I’m sure they’ll be in contact to get it all sorted out.

  • Chris

    I had the same issue and I have been a member for a number of years. That may be why they still have packages available this far into the promo.

  • Ted

    Yea, it wants ABC-1234 whereas I believe the member numbers were DEF56789. I simply put in DEF-5678. If they don’t sort it out, good thing it was charged on AMEX!

  • David

    It worked for me, but I had to enter my CP number in an unconventional way. Ie: AB-0123 instead of the normal AB0123. Anyways, this will bail me out of my troubles finding reasonable hotel rates in Center City Philly. I’ve been noticing that East Coast city hotel rates are on a comeback (ie: Boston, NY, Philly) — no more $60 Priceline 3.5 star rooms!

  • John

    Yeah, I thought about adding a dash and removing a number, but since there are five digits in my number I wasn’t sure which number to remove (first or last). I also was concerned about whether it would be properly credited and what kind of hassle would be involved in getting proper credit or a refund if they weren’t credited right.

  • Michael

    i was on at 9a but I couldn’t purchase. I would hit buy and nothing would happen. I was logged in but couldn’t findy cart

  • David

    Michael, the website doesn’t work on Google Chrome for me (because of pop-up blocking, I think). It worked fine with Firefox.

  • Sean

    Thanks again thepointsguy for another awesome deal! I missed the big one, but I got in on the 36k points.

    Oddly it took my Choice number is usual format XXX#####

    Points did not post immediately…

  • Sean

    Thanks again thepointsguy for another awesome deal! I missed the big one, but I got in on the 36k points.

    Oddly it took my Choice number in usual format XXX#####

    Points did not post immediately…

  • Nell

    I think they fixed the problem with entering the member number.

    By the way, as of 4:33 EST you can still buy these points. Buying point through the Cambria Suites tab is not possible as they are sold out. However you can buy points by using the Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites offers, which are not sold out yet. :)

  • David Moon
  • mike

    I purchased two units, supposedly 72,000 points, for $280.80 showing as a pending charge on my Starwood AMEX. I used Choice Points for a fairly nice hotel stay in London Comfort Inn Vauxhall (with continental breakfast) 2 years ago at 20,000 points/night. So this would get me 3 nights in london for $300. I entered my number exactly as on my card GP-aaannnn. The points have not posted yet.

  • mike

    I purchased two units, supposedly 72,000 points, for $280.80 showing as a pending charge on my Starwood AMEX. I used Choice Points for a fairly nice hotel stay in London Comfort Inn Vauxhall (with continental breakfast) 2 years ago at 20,000 points/night. So this would get me 3 nights in london for $300. I entered my number exactly as on my card GP-aaannnn. The points have not posted yet (offer says 20 business days).

  • Chris

    While the T& C suggest that the points should be used at the specific chain, are we fine to use them at any Choice hotel for reward stays?

  • Ted

    Just got 2 more sets of 36000 points and was able to enter my full member number as @mike said, GP-aaannnnn. Now if they some brains, they can match my new order to my previous order to figure out what my member number really is. I have started a thread at FT for those of us who bought when the glitch was in effect to post results.

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/choice-privileges/1207380-4-19-discover-america-promo-results-post.html

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