Choice Hotels: 8,000 Points After Two Stays
Timing-wise, Choice is out of step with other major hotel chains' promotions.
While most winter hotel promotions launched in early 2012 and remain in effect through March or April, Choice's last offer terminated at the end of February. Its successor offer takes effect today and extends into May.
Between March 8 and May 8, Choice Privileges members will earn 8,000 points after every two stays at any of more than 6,000 Choice properties.
What's so special about 8,000 points? That's enough for a free night at hotels in either of the program's two lowest-cost award categories. In all, there are more than 1,500 hotels where a free night may be booked for 8,000 or fewer points.
The definition of "stay" differs slightly, according to brand. For Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, and Ascend Collection hotels, a stay is any number of consecutive nights at one hotel, regardless of check-ins or check-outs. In other words, a one-nighter qualifies as a stay. At Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, and MainStay Suites hotels, on the other hand, a stay is two or more consecutive nights at one hotel, regardless of check-ins or check-outs.
Only members with U.S. or Canada mailing addresses are eligible.
Registration is required.
Deal or No Deal
Ultimately, since the earnings remain constant, the value of the offer depends on how much you pay to earn those 8,000 points.
If you earn the points for two one-night stays at lower-priced hotels, and redeem the points for a night at a comparably priced hotel, you're getting three nights for the price of two. That's definitely worth pursuing.
At the other extreme, if the same 8,000 points are earned for two longer, more expensive stays, the value proposition deteriorates.
Reader Reality Check
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This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.