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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.”
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.
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!