Choice Hotels Launches Spring Free Night Promotion- Sorta

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Choice Hotels, the loyalty program of budget hotel brands like Quality Inn and Comfort Suites just launched their new spring promotion, where  you can receive a free night after any two stays through May 15, 2013

To be eligible, you must register before your first stay. The free night is actually a bonus which will bring your total point haul from your two stays to at least 8,000 points (which is their lowest award level). From the terms and conditions, “After a second qualifying stay with arrival between 2/28/13 and 5/15/13, you will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 and maximum of 8,000 points, depending on how many points were earned from your two (2) separate qualified stays. These bonus points will allow redemption for a free night at the 8,000 reward night level at over 1,500 hotels. A free night at most Choice Privileges locations requires more than 8,000 points.”

Every two stays earns one free night.
Every two stays earns one free night is a little misleading

So it sounds as though the points you are awarded will be the difference between what you earn on your stay and the 8,000-point redemption level, and that a minimum of 5,000 points will be earned regardless. This is a little bit weird, because you could have two expensive stays and get less bonus points vs. two cheap stays, however I guess Choice just cares about being able to market it as a “free night” There is no limit to the number of points that can be earned during this promotion. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to redeem my Choice points for their bottom barrel hotels, so I’d rather redeem 5,000 points for 1,000 airline miles.

Choice airline redemption partners
Choice airline redemption partners

Not a promo I’ll be taking advantage of, but if you’ve got some Choice stays coming up, you might as well register– and make sure you do so before your first stay!

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