Don’t hide from the high costs of hotels. Choice Hotel’s stay two nights get one night free promotion is back. This very popular promotion began again on August 31, 2017 and will be available until November 11th, 2017. The promotion is one of the most awesome money savers for lodging in the travel industry.
The promotion is simple; if you book a two consecutive qualifying stays at choicehotel.com you will get between 5000 and 8000 bonus points to use for your next booking. On our road trip this spring Charlene and I used this promotion to get a bucket of free rooms. Below is a screen shot of our activity over a ten-day period in which we stayed at Choice hotels 4 times.
As you can see, on the screen shot below, in those 4 stays we were able to gather 18,621 points toward free Choice stays. What my point activity does not show is; on top of the 18,621 points I got with the stay 2 nights get 1 for free promotion, I also got an additional 2780 Choice points when I used my Choice Visa card to pay for the rooms. With the Choice branded credit card you get 10 points for every $1 you spend on your room. That brought our point accumulation for just 4 nights of stays up to 21,401, enough points for 3 free nights.
I think you can see why Charlene and I are excited that Choice has decided to reintroduce this program.
There are a few caveats you need to know. First, you have to stay at different hotels each night. A two-day stay at the same hotel will only count as one stay. I’m a geezer so if I’m staying in the same city for two nights I’ll move and stay at two different hotels so I get my bonus points. It drives Charlene crazy, but she like the free rooms.
Second, Your “Activity” screen will not show some of the points that are going into your account. Points like credit card bonus points will show up on your point total but not on the accounting ledger you can review on the web site. In my experience we have always gotten all of our points but it can take about three weeks for them to all show up.
Third, for a room to qualify for the stay 2 nights get 1 night free promotion the cost of the room you get has to be $40 or more.
Finally, the free night promotion is not automatic. You have to be a Choice Hotel Member and then you have to go on to the choicehotel.com website and register for the promotion.
Any discussion of loyalty points and an offered bonus is just empty banter unless you also discuss what the actual bonus is worth in real live dollars and cents.
I believe the 5000 to 8000 point bonus being offered by Choice is one of the best bonus offers in the travel industry today and here’s why:
First, you can use the points most places you travel. There are over 6300 Choice hotels world-wide. If you are traveling in America you will find a Choice hotel in about every medium-sized town in America. Choice Hotels include the hotel and motel brands Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotel & Suites, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection. Choice Hotels are in 17 European countries, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Second, in real life the Choice Privilege Points are very valuable. When Charlene and I are in Orlando we stay at the Quality Inn in Winter Park and get their $73.47 king room ( $82.65 after taxes and fees ) for 6000 Choice Privilege Points. thats a point value of 1.36 cents per point ( $82.65 / 6000). Down below I have screen shots of the final accounting for our room at the Quality Inn at Winter Park so you can compare the cash price with the point price. Keep in mind that if you pay with points you don’t have the costs associated with taxes and fees.
At 1.36 cents a point your real life value of an 8000 point bonus for staying two nights is $108.80 (.0136 x 8000). The Choice loyalty program offers thousands of hotels for 6000 to 8000 loyalty points.
Third, the Choice Hotel line of hotels offers a wide variety of quality hotels. We have always found the staffs to be friendly and accommodating and the rooms to be clean and comfortable. Almost every Choice hotel we stay at offers amenities like a free breakfast, free Internet, free parking, laundry and often a free airport shuttle. Most Choice hotels we stay at aren’t fancy but the simple truth is Charlene and I are Geezers and all we are looking for in lodging is a clean, comfortable room that doesn’t cost us an arm and leg.
Finally, the website and mobile app are easy to understand and use and there are almost always rooms available. We have used this program dozens of times and never run into a problem with blackout dates or limited inventory.
So in closing, Choice Hotels’ stay two night get one free night promotion is back. The bonus is big and the points you’re earning have real value. The points you earn during the promotion make over 6300 comfortable hotels available to you with no blackout dates.
Every little bonus or savings that a traveler can find and use makes the cost of travel more affordable. At Geezer’s With Passports we want our readers to enjoy every advantage available and if you sign up we will send out the deals as we find them so you can Travel like a Geezer.
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