I posted last night about the upcoming Choice Privileges points sale via the Daily Getaway Deals and some ways to use those points that would result in some great value. While I still think that some of those alternate uses such as a Grand Slam hit and points toward a Southwest Companion Pass are fantastic ways to use some of the points, I wanted to go back and cover some good ways to use these points to get free hotel rooms (since they are hotel points after all!).
- Europe: There are many hotels across Europe that are available for just 8,000 Choice Privileges points per night. Since points that are for sale via the Daily Getaways deal are for sale for .41 – .43 cents each without an Amex and .369 – .387 cents per point with an Amex, 8,000 points will cost you about $31 – $34 USD per night for a mid-range European hotel. I searched Paris, Dublin, and London and found many hotels available for 8,000 points. Some were a little more “modest” than I would prefer, but some looked like a good place to stay (especially for $31 per night). One good example is Clarion Collection Hotel Opera Pavillon that was going for anywhere from €99 – €299 on the dates I checked, but it was available for just 8,000 Choice Privileges points until July 1st when it goes up to 25,000 points per night until September 15th. The hotel also comes with free internet and free breakfast which can certainly add up in Europe.
- New York City: My first trip to NYC was in August 2003 (the day of the big black-out to be exact) and I stayed at the Comfort Inn Manhattan. They were fantastic even in August with no power (and no real water on our floor either), and they were even more fantastic once I moved to NYC and would often have friends and relatives stay at this hotel because of the good service, good location, and fair prices. It can often be had for about $250-ish per night, but at 25,000 Choice Privileges points, that would just cost you about $93 dollars if you purchase Choice points today via the Daily Getaways Deal with your Amex. From July 1 – September 15th the rate does go to 30,000 points per night.
- Nassau: The Comfort Suites Paradise Island is located adjacent to Atlantis in Nassau. Atlantis is on my list of places to take my little one, but the prices are often quite high for what you get (at least in my opinion). However, this hotel is possibly the perfect solution since it is located adjacent to Atlantis, and you have access to all of the Atlantis facilities, pools, beaches, etc. Since it is just 25,000 points per night, this comes out to just $93 per night if you purchase the points via the Daily Getaways Deal today. There are some mandatory fees for this property, but it still comes in at a great bargain in my book.
As I pointed out yesterday, I do not like that the Choice Privileges program only lets non-elites residing in the U.S. (including U.S. Territories) or Canada make free room night reservations no more than 30 days prior to your planned arrival for stays in the U.S and Canada or 60 days prior to your planned arrival at all hotels in Hawaii and all other locations worldwide. That just is not enough advance planning time for me in most circumstances. However, there are some good values to be had with redeeming Choice points at Choice hotels. Points will go quickly today, so be ready for the pre-sale at Noon Eastern and the regular sale at 1PM Eastern. I’d love to hear about some of the ways you have redeemed your Choice Privileges points!