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The perfect promotion for a road trip: Earn a $50 gift card for every two hotel stays

June 08, 2022
5 min read
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Whether you're looking to take a national park vacation or travel to Europe, there's likely a Choice Hotels property where you're going. And you can maximize your stays with Choice during the next few months with a new Choice Privileges promotion.

Specifically, you'll earn at least 8,000 Choice points for every two stays with arrival between June 6 and Aug. 1. Based on TPG's valuations, 8,000 Choice points are worth $48. You can also redeem Choice points earned through this promotion for select gift cards at a rate of 8,000 points per $50 gift card through Sept. 30.

Let's take a closer look at this hotel promotion.

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Register for the promotion

First things first: You must register for the promotion at this link before checking out of your first stay. So, even if you don't have plans to stay at a Choice hotel, go ahead and register now in case one pops up. Registration is open to Choice Privileges members with a U.S. address, although Canadians can access a similar promotion here.

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After registering, a confirmation screen will load.

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Book and stay

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To earn Choice Privileges points, you must book a qualifying rate through a qualifying method. Booking through the Choice website, mobile app or phone booking center counts. Also, stays directly booked through Book by Google are eligible if you add your Choice Privileges number to your reservation before check-in. Corporate travelers may book through their online booking tool or with a travel agent.

Most rates that typically earn Choice Privileges points are qualifying rates. However, the following types of stays aren't eligible:

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  • Rooms booked at rates below $40 per night.
  • Certain hotel-initiated promotions.
  • Reward night stays.
  • Complimentary rooms.
  • Rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting.
  • Rooms booked through a third-party online retailer, including online travel agencies.
  • Wholesale packages.
  • Group tours.
  • Stays booked using the employee discount or the friends and family discount.
  • Reservations booked through Egencia's Preferred Rate program.
  • Stays in Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Guyana and Ecuador.
  • Stays at WoodSpring Suites hotels, Ascend Hotel Collection all-inclusive properties and Ascend Hotel Collection Penn National Gaming resorts.

Check-in for a qualifying stay must occur between June 6 and Aug. 1. Choice defines a stay as "any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs."

To participate in this promotion, you'll need to ensure your earning preference is Choice Privileges points. So, if you're currently earning airline miles during Choice stays, you'll want to change this preference.

After each pair of qualifying stays, Choice will award you between 5,000 and 8,000 bonus points. The number of bonus points depends on the number of base points earned from the two qualifying stays. However, the total base points plus bonus points awarded across the two stays will be at least 8,000 points.

For more details, check out Choice's frequently asked questions page for this promotion.

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Redeem for gift cards

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One highlight of this promotion is that you can redeem points earned through the promotion for discounted gift cards through Sept. 30. During this promotion, $50 gift cards for Lowe's, Amazon, Visa Reward Card, Bass Pro Shops and Shell are available at a discounted redemption rate of 8,000 points.

Click here to redeem points earned through this promotion for discounted gift cards. Then, log in to your Choice Privileges account and choose one of the discounted gift cards. If you haven't earned enough points through this promotion, you'll see $25 gift cards for 8,000 points. So, make sure you see the discounted price before redeeming.

Although I value Choice points higher, TPG's latest valuations value 8,000 Choice points at $48. So, if you'd get value out of one of the gift cards offered, redeeming Choice points for discounted gift cards may provide good value. However, you can only redeem points for one gift card every 48 hours. So, don't wait until the last minute if you plan to redeem for more than one gift card during this promotion.

Related: How to use points and miles to give gifts with $0 out-of-pocket cost

Bottom line

This new Choice Hotels promotion is well suited for a road trip. After all, you can maximize this promo with many one-night stays at inexpensive hotels. Best of all, there's no cap on the bonus points you can earn from stays during this promotion or the number of gift cards you can get by redeeming promotional points.

Whether you're looking to earn Choice points or gift cards, this promotion is one to keep in mind when booking travel.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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