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Choice Privileges isn’t exactly the most aspirational loyalty program, but Choice Hotels does offer more than 6,300 properties around the world, and if you’re planning to stay at one of the chain’s brands (like EconoLodge or Comfort Inn), it might be worth taking advantage of this free status match opportunity.
Choice is matching competitor status to either Gold or Platinum, and while it’s not clear which tier you’ll be offered, Platinum only requires 20 nights per year, so if you have SPG Gold status or Hilton HHonors Gold status from The Platinum Card from American Express, there’s a good chance you’ll be matched to Choice Privileges Platinum.
What does Platinum get you? Well, not very much. Both of these status levels offer bonus points (10% for Gold and 25% for Platinum), an extended award booking window (50 days and 75 days in advance), dedicated customer service numbers and your choice of 250 points or a snack and beverage at check-in when you stay at Comfort Suites hotels in the US. So, it’s clearly a bit of a snooze.
However, if you’re still interested, you can apply for your match by emailing the following to Status_Match@choicehotels.com:
- Your full name
- Your Choice Privileges member number
- Proof of elite status with another chain (including a screenshot or photo of a loyalty card)
According to the terms and conditions, matched status will be valid for the rest of this year and the entire following year. Unfortunately you’re only able to apply for one status match per lifetime, so I wouldn’t apply if you’re not planning to stay at participating properties within the next year and a half. There isn’t a deadline listed, so if this match will benefit for you, I wouldn’t wait long to apply.
Featured image courtesy of Comfort Inn Westport at St Louis, Missouri.
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Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards