Availability: Most hotels in all Choice brands: Ascend, Comfort Inn, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban, Econo Lodge, and Rodeway Inn.
Earning Formula: Earn 10 points per in-hotel dollar spent at most brands and five points per dollar at Econo Lodge, Main Stay, Rodeway, and Suburban. Points expire after two calendar years.
Redeeming Formula: Free nights are based on point "prices" that vary by location, season, and expected occupancy, mostly in the 8,000–36,000 point range.
Generosity: Stay five to 25 nights (average 16) to earn one award night at a comparable hotel.
Airline Transfer: Choice points can be transferred to Air Canada, Alaska, American, Southwest, Spirit, and United, as well as to several foreign lines.
Membership Benefits: Entry-level benefits include late check-in, high-speed Internet (at all except Rodeway), local calls, and newspaper (most brands). Earn up to 50 percent point bonus at higher elite levels.
Credit Card: Choice Privileges Visa (Barclays) offers 15 points per dollar on qualifying hotel charges, two points per dollar on other purchases, and enrollment bonuses up to 30,000 points. This is useful only for Choice points and offers poor cash value.