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Choice Privileges Rewards has launched its latest promotion in which it’s offering members a mystery discount of up to 30% when they purchase a minimum of 5,000 points by the beginning of November.
I’ve been targeted for the full 30% discount so this is what I’m seeing in my account:
- Buy 1,000 – 4,000 points and get no bonus
- Buy 5,000 – 120,000 points and get a 30% discount on the regular price
Check what your targeted promotion looks like via this link.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- Transactions must be completed by 11:59 PM ET November 2, 2019 to be eligible for a bonus on points.
- Each intended recipient is eligible to receive a 20%, 25% or 30% discount on purchases of 5,000 Choice Privileges Points or more.
- The specific point bonus for which the intended recipient is eligible has been pre-assigned by Choice.
- Points will be posted to your Choice Privileges account within 24 hours after your transaction is complete.
- Purchased points do not count toward Elite Status or Lifetime Elite Gold Status.
- Transactions are final and non-refundable.
- Offer may not be valid for all members.
- Members may buy or receive up to a total of 120,000 points in a calendar year.
The Math Behind The Sale
The cost per point varies depending on how many points you buy so…
Buying the minimum number of points required to earn the 30% discount (5,000 points) will see you purchasing points at 0.77 cents each...
…and buying the maximum number of points (120,000 points) will see you buying points at ~0.69 cents each:
Is This A Good Deal?
I have to confess that I don’t keep a close eye on Choice Privileges but this looks like one of the better (possibly best) deals I remember seeing.
Earlier this year Choice was selling its currency with a 50% bonus (the highest bonus we generally see offered) but there was a purchase cap of just 50,000 points and the cost per point was 0.73 cents.
Here we have a significantly increased cap of 125,000 points and points being sold at ~0.69 cents each.
Still, before there’s too much excitement about the apparently relatively low cost of points, there are a few things you need to know about Choice Privileges before you dive in.
If you don’t hold status with Choice hotels (and I suspect most people reading this don’t) there’s one critical restriction placed upon you when you come to redeem your points – you can only use points to make a reservation a maximum of 100 days ahead of check-in.
That’s a lot better than the old restrictions used to be (30 days for North America and 60 days for the rest of the world) but that’s still a restriction too far for me…and probably for a lot of people.
Having said that (and if the booking restriction isn’t an issue for you) there can be value to be had here ….especially at the better properties which you’ll find in Europe.
If you’re in need of Choice points and have been targeted for a 30% discount this looks like a promotion you should be taking a look at to see if you can make it work.
If you’re not already a big fan of Choice Privileges there isn’t anything amazing to see here and you’re probably better of keeping your credit card in your wallet and moving on.
Featured image: Clarion Hotel Stockholm Arlanda Airport – Image courtesy of Choice