Buy Choice points cheaply (from 0.71c each)

Choice Privileges is offering a 40% bonus on the purchase of points. That brings the price down to 0.71c per point, which can be a great deal for the right redemptions.

I recently used Choice points to stay at the Hotel Napa Valley. I got a great deal, but not by using the hotel credit card: I bought the points and stayed for under a hundred bucks a night rather than paying the cash rate of $200-$300.

The Deal

  • Buy Choice Privileges points with a 40% bonus when you buy 10,000 points or more between now and December 5, 2019
  • Direct link to this promotion

Key Terms

  • Valid until 11:59pm Eastern time on December 5, 2019
  • Must buy 10,000 points or more to get a 40% bonus
  • 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.
  • All other terms and conditions of the Choice Privileges Rewards Program apply.
  • Choice Hotels reserves the right to amend these terms or terminate this promotion at any time.
  • Price includes all applicable fees.
  • Members may normally buy or receive up to a total of 120,000 points in a calendar year; during the term of this promotion, that limit is raised to 250,000 points.
  • Purchased points are not refundable and are applicable towards all Choice Privileges awards.

Quick Thoughts

A few months ago, I wrote about snagging a deal the the Hotel Napa Valley on a trip to California wine region to dine at The French Laundry. That property is a Choice Privileges property that, at the time, was bookable for 12,000 points per night (even for suites).

A face that says, “We’re only here because the hotel cost us 12K Choice points per night.”

Greg then followed up with a recent post on a really cozy-looking property he found in Princeton, NJ that was a similarly excellent use of Choice points, which led him to write On my mind (Choice Privileges edition). That post lays out why you want to have some Choice Privileges points in your account.

Through this sale, you’ll have to buy 10,000 points or more to get the 40% bonus (and corresponding per-point rate of 0.71c per point). That means that 14,000 points will cost you $99.40. If you currently have 0 Choice Privileges points, that can be a relatively cheap way to position yourself to take advantage of a deal in the future. At that price, I think I’m a buyer as I’ve run through my current balance of Choice points. I don’t generally recommend buying points speculatively, but for the reasons laid out in Greg’s “On my mind” post, it might make sense (and will for me).

The maximum number of points you can buy through this promotion is 350,000 — that’s 240K before the bonus plus 100K bonus points. I definitely won’t be buying that many points.

H/T: Loyalty Lobby

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Do Choice Points expire?

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Yes, they are subject to expire under Choice’s expiration policy. But they are pretty easy to keep alive.

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They expire after 18 months of inactivity.

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on the purchase page, it’s showing that you can actually buy just 5k points and get a 40% (2k) bonus, for $55

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True, but that nets you points at ~0.79 cents per point. To get to the 0.71 cents per point, you need to buy 10K points or more…If you charge 10K points to a Choice VISA, you’ll end up with about 14.5K points, or about 0.68 cents per point.