Over the past several years, Choice’s recurring promotional offer has been 8,000 points after two stays.
Sometimes it’s promoted as such: 8,000 points after two stays. More often though, the headline promotes either a free night or a gift card—both of which are available for 8,000 points.
For its latest promotion, the featured bonus is again the free night. But what you’re really earning is 8,000 Choice Privileges points—enough to redeem for a free night at one of 1,500 lower-priced hotels in the Choice network.
Between September 3 and November 11, Choice Privileges members can earn 8,000 points after two stays. Again, that’s enough points for a free night at more than 1,500 Choice hotels.
Qualifying stays must be booked at ChoiceHotels.com, via the Choice mobile app, or by calling 1-800-4CHOICE, although Diamond and Platinum members may book direct with the hotel, and corporate travelers may book through a travel agent or corporate booking system.
Mind the definitions of “stay.” For Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, or Ascend Collection hotels, a stay is defined as any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. But for Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, or MainStay Suites hotels, a stay is defined as two or more consecutive nights at one hotel.
Registration is required.
Deal or No Deal
Earning enough points for a free night after two stays, even at a lower-end hotel, is a potentially high-value offer, especially if the qualifying stays are single nights at lower-priced properties. There are a couple of caveats, however.
First, with a duration of just over two months, this version of the promotion gives travelers little time to complete the two qualifying stays.
And more generally, Choice points expire on December 31, two years after they were earned, with no extensions for account activity. In other words, plan to use them fairly quickly, or lose ’em.
Quibbles aside, Choice’s is one of the more lucrative of the current hotel offers.
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This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.