Choice Hotels Summer Promotion: 8,000 Points After 2 Stays
Choice Hotels’ summer promotion is out. It’s a decent promotion, albeit mostly similar to past promotions they’ve run.
It’s advertised as “earn a $50 gift card” after two qualifying stays. In reality, what you would earn is 8,000 Choice Privileges points which can be redeemed for a $50 gift card. (Participating gift cards include Amazon, Macy’s, and several gas stations and restaurants.)
Some other terms:
- Must register in advance.
- Qualifying stays must have arrival dates between May 22 and August 20, 2014.
- For certain brands (Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban, and MainStay Suites) a qualifying stay must be a minimum of two consecutive nights.
- Redeem points for the gift card by September 30, 2014.
Be sure to read the full details and T&Cs on the website.
Depending on your preferences, you might be better off redeeming your points for a free night rather than the gift card.
Since reward nights start at 6,000 points, earning 8,000 points after two stays is not bad – especially if your stays are at properties with cheap rates. (Eyeballing it, I saw that most rates are below $100/night and a fair number are even below $60/night.)
A quirk of this promotion is that it sort of penalizes those who spend more money. The promotion doesn’t award a straight 8,000 bonus points after two stays. Rather, per the T&Cs, it awards “enough bonus points to reach the 8,000 point level.”
Normally you earn 10 points/$ at most of their hotels. So the “bonus” you earn with this promotion is just the difference between 8,000 points and the normally-earned points. The more you earn in normal points, the less you’ll get in bonus points.
As is often the case, the optimal “play” is to have your paid stays take place at properties with cheap rates.
(In prior similar promotions they said you would earn at least 5,000 bonus points, but I didn’t see that in the verbiage this time around.)
If you’re not already a member of the Choice Privileges loyalty program, have an existing member refer you. You’ll each receive 500 points after your first eligible stay. (I’m happy to refer if you shoot me a note through the contact form. I’ll need your first name and e-mail address for the referral form.)
Also check the promotions page of the main site as well as that of a specific hotel you’re considering for potentially combinable offers.
And if you have one, be sure to use a credit card that awards a bonus on hotel charges.