(EXPIRED) Choice bringing back $50 gift cards for 8K (Amazon, BP, more)

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Choice Privileges (the loyalty program of Choice hotels) is bringing back a popular promotion: stay two times during the qualifying period (June 12th to August 17th) and earn enough points for a free $50 gift card. In reality, Choice is offering you the chance to stay twice and earn 8,000 points. They are then discounting select $50 gift cards — charging 8K poitns per $50 gift card (instead of the normal rate of 16K). Note that the discounted gift card pricing is not yet available.

The Deal

  • Register first, then stay twice with Choice Hotels and earn 8,000 points — enough for a $50 gift card to the following US stores:
    • Amazon
    • Applebee’s
    • Best Buy
    • Chili’s
    • BP Gas stations
    • iTunes
    • Lowe’s
  • Direct link to this promotion

Key Terms

  • Must register before staying
  • Can redeem points for gift cards until September 30, 3018
  • Rates that are eligible to earn Choice points can earn this promotion. As a reminder:
    • Rates eligible to earn points:
      • Best Available Rate, Advance Purchase, Corporate, VIP and Net Preferred, Government/Military, Travelers’ Discount, AAA/CAA, PSCIEN, Package Rates, Small Organization Savings/Significant Savings, Senior Rate, Sports Rate, CPSA, Preferred Customer Savings Rate, Savings at Work, negotiated rates (N) and select LSRPs (select locally negotiated rate plans)
    • Rates not eligible to earn points
      • Rooms booked at rates below $40 per night, complimentary rooms, rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting, or rooms booked through a travel agent or third party online retailer as part of pre-paid wholesale rates, wholesale packages or senior tour
  • See full terms

Quick Thoughts

This is a nice little promotion that comes around now and then. The $50 gift cards aren’t live yet. From the terms, it’s not clear to me whether you will actually have to book new reservations or if you can use points already in your account. If you are able to use points purchased in Daily Getaways, you could come out ahead on this promotion even if not the most ideal use of Choice points.

If you’re planning to partake in this promotion, also be aware of this key limitation on redeeming your points for gift cards:

In other words, you can’t scale this one up too easily. Still, for those sitting on a balance of Choice points, Amazon or eBay gift cards might make sense.

I would expect that redemption for gift cards will not begin until later this next week (either June 12th or June 14th — the latter would be the first day you could have earned points from two stays under this promotion.

Also keep in mind that while the travel period for this promo ends in August, you have until the end of September to redeem for gift cards. Finally, don’t forget the fact that stays that cost fewer than $40 per night will not earn Choice points, nor will they qualify for this promotion.

Personally, I prefer to use Choice points for hotel stays — they come in particularly useful in Scandinavia. However, if you don’t often stay with Choice, you may like the ability to cash out via this promo.

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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Marsha
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Marsha

What’s the expiration date of Choice points from the time you get them?

Rye
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Rye

“Can redeem points for gift cards until September 30, 3018” It’s about time we had sensible expiration dates.

Steve
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Steve

problem is there are no 8,000 point cards ever available. they sold out in the first 2 days of the promo. been trying to get them to respond to this and they refuse to. lame

Kalboz
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Kalboz

I purchased 56K CP points at Daily Getaways for $288 with converting them to UA miles in mind. Last November there was a promo whereby you can convert 5,000 CP points to 3,250 UA miles which added up to be buying UA Miles for 1.18 Cents Each.

My question would be which is more valuable converting these CP points to GCs or wait for a similar UA offer?

toomanybooks
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toomanybooks

My local Econolodge has $41 smoking twins. Pretty high concentration of hookers among the clientele.

3x UR, $5 Starbucks GC per stay, Gold bonus, and free toiletries! Just don’t touch anything.

4 more mattress-run stays to top level!

If I could sublet out the rooms I’d really be rolling. But even I am not that crazy.

dan
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dan

nick ,will pts & cash (more than $40) qualify? thx

Alex
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Alex

I signed up for the promo but had no stays. Just tried redeeming and they want 16K for $50. Seems like it’s a no go unless you have actual stays.

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Steve
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problem is there are no 8,000 point cards ever available. they sold out in the first 2 days of the promo. been trying to get them to respond to this and they refuse to. lame