Earn bonus rewards after every 2 stays and more with current Choice Privileges promotions
Editor’s note: We’ve updated this post with new information.
Choice Privileges isn’t the most popular hotel loyalty program. After all, the elite perks are minimal and the program’s best properties aren’t luxurious. In short, there are many ways in which Choice should improve its loyalty program.
But savvy travelers who love maximizing promotions can find value in the Choice Privileges program. I often choose Choice hotels due to its promotions and the value I can obtain from Choice points.
If you’re interested in exploring this underrated loyalty program, I’ve summarized all of the current Choice Privileges promotions you should consider. Many Choice Privileges promotions are only open to U.S.-based travelers, so read the terms and conditions carefully if you’re based elsewhere.
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Earn at least 8,000 points from every two stays
Choice is currently offering a promotion where you’ll earn at least 8,000 Choice points for every two stays with check-in between March 14 and May 8, 2022. Based on TPG’s valuations, 8,000 Choice points are worth $48.
Before checking out from your first qualifying stay, you must register for the promotion here. Choice defines a "stay" as consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs.
You must book your stays through a qualifying channel (which usually means booking directly with Choice) using a qualifying rate (most rates that earn Choice points are eligible). You'll also need to stay at a qualifying property (WoodSpring Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection Penn National Gaming resorts and select other properties aren't participating) in a qualifying country (stays in Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Guyana and Ecuador won't count).
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Buy Choice points
You can typically buy Choice points for 0.99 to 1.21 cents per point. Redeeming Choice points can provide solid value in some destinations, so it’s always worth checking the award rate before booking a paid rate. For example, I can often get excellent value from Choice points during peak dates and when visiting expensive destinations.
But, sometimes Choice offers buy points promotions. Through April 29, Choice will give you a 15% bonus if you buy 6,000–11,000 points, a 20% bonus if you buy 12,000–19,000 points, a 30% bonus if you buy 20,000–29,000 points and a 40% bonus if you buy at least 30,000 points.
Related: When does it make sense to buy points and miles?
Your Extras is a program that provides extra perks on points-eligible stays that include a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night. The perks vary depending on where you reside. U.S.-based travelers can currently choose one of the following perks for each weeknight stay:
- 400 Choice Privileges points.
- 100 airline miles.
- $2.50 Amazon credit.
- $5 Starbucks card.
- $3 Uber trip discount.
To get a perk on eligible weeknight stays, you must select the Your Extra that you want in your online Choice Privileges account. Once you’ve chosen an Extra, this choice will apply to all future stays. However, you can change your preferences at any time using your online account.
Related: Register for Choice Hotels Your Extras to earn gift cards and other perks on weekday stays
Diamond elite status jump
Choice Privileges’ top-tier Diamond status doesn’t provide many elite perks. However, it provides an elite point bonus on paid stays that’s significantly higher than your regular earnings. If you stay with Choice frequently, it may be worth boosting your status by using Cambria’s Diamond elite status jump.
You must first complete a qualifying stay at a Cambria hotel. Then, send an email to Status_Match@choicehotels.com with the following information:
- Your full name.
- Your Choice Privileges number.
- Screenshot or copy of Cambria hotel guest folio/receipt from a stay within the last 12 months.
- Proof of elite status in another hotel program. You can provide proof as a screenshot, copy or photo of your membership card in the other program (showing the expiration date) or your current account statement for the other program.
If your qualifying stay or request is between January and June, you’ll obtain Diamond elite status for the current year. If your qualifying stay and request are between July and December, you’ll get Diamond elite status through the end of the following year. You aren’t eligible for this promotion if you received a status match or elite status upgrade in a previous calendar year.
Related: You can transfer Capital One miles to Choice Privileges
Earn Choice points when renting cars with Avis or Budget
Get up to 25% off base rates and 1,000 Choice points with a qualifying rental from participating Avis or Budget locations in the U.S. and Canada.
To get the discount and points, use Avis AWD #O418908 or Budget BCD #T134904. Avis Preferred members must include their Choice Privileges number when reserving their rental to earn Choice points. Other renters can earn Choice points by mentioning their Choice Privileges number when picking up their rental.
Learn more about this promotion on Choice’s website.
Related: 9 rental car rewards programs you need to know about
Perks for active military members and veterans
Finally, Choice invites military members and their spouses to enroll for lifetime Gold Elite status with the Choice Privileges program using this form. You’ll also earn 2,500 bonus points after your next qualifying stay if you're approved.
Choice also offers discounted rates for government and military officials’ business stays. Military personnel, veterans, their dependents and members of several government/military-oriented associations can also get access to discounted leisure rates.