This afternoon’s Daily Getaway deals are packages of Choice Hotel point – and I kind of like this deal. In case you are new to the Daily Getaways, they are daily deals for the next five weeks on discounted hotel stays, discounted points purchases, car rental deals, and more. The travel packages are provided by U.S. Travel Association, in cooperation with participating travel operators of the U.S. Travel Association and advertising support provided by American Express. To get an additional 10% off savings you must pay with any American Express card. Daily Getaways are only open to those who are US residents ages 18 and up (though some packages are for 21+ or even 25+). Here is a link to some tips for successfully purchasing these limited quantity deals.
20,000 Choice points for $102 ($91.80 with 10% Amex discount). 190 available, max purchase of two sets of points. $0.0046 per point
32,000 Choice points for $134 ($120.60 with 10% Amex discount). 660 available, max purchase of two sets of points. $0.0038 per point
36,000 Choice points for $156 ($140.40 with 10% Amex discount). 795 available, max purchase of two sets of points. $0.0039 per point
40,000 Choice points for $166 ($149.40 with 10% Amex discount). 325 available, max purchase of two sets of points. $0.0037 per point
- Points are valid through December 31, two years from date of deposit (in this case that will be 12/31/15).
- A maximum of 8 sets of points is allowed per loyalty number across all Choice Hotels offers.
- Points will be posted to the account number given at time of purchase within 10 business days of purchase.
- You must make your reward-night reservations personally through the Program Line or through your Choice Privileges online account no more than thirty (30) days prior to your planned arrival (for US locations, 60 days for international destinations). However, Choice Privileges Elite members have expanded booking windows as follows: Elite Gold: eligible to book rewards within fifty (50) days of arrival. Elite Platinum: eligible to book rewards within seventy-five (75) days of arrival. Elite Diamond: eligible to book rewards within one hundred (100) days of arrival.
This is another one of those “sleeper” deals that is actually pretty solid, but I think may get a bit overlooked to those not paying attention. There are many hotels in European cities like London, Paris, Zurich, and more that can be booked for 25,000 Choice points per night. That is the equivalent of about $95 USD per day. Keep in mind that most of these hotels are pretty modest in room size and decor, but that certainly doesn’t mean they are bad options (though some may be too modest for some who have gotten used to fancy pants hotels).
Here are some examples of various redemptions options and the dollar equivalent you are paying if you buy points at $0.0038 cents each.
GEM Hotel Soho – 30,000 points ($114)
Comfort Inn Midtown West (Manhattan) – 20,000 points ($76)
Clarion Collection Hotel Opera Pavillion Paris – 25,000 points ($95)
Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Road – 25,000 points ($95)
Comfort Hotel Royal Zurich – 25,000 points ($95)
Comfort Suites Paradise Island – 25,000 points ($95)
Roadway Inn University Downtown Austin – 8,000 points ($30)
Last year I bought Choice points and I plan to use them at Comfort Suites Paradise Island as it is located adjacent to Atlantis in Nassau and gives you access to all the Atlantis attractions. Being able to get this for a family for around $100 per night via this deal is pretty great. Using them in NYC to get decent rooms for $100 a night is also a good option. If you have plans to go to Europe you can avoid exchange rate issues and secure rooms at a very reasonable price via this deal.
Of course the huge downside is not being able to book very far in advance on points. In my case we booked rooms in Nassau on dollars and are hoping to switch it to our purchased points as the date nears (reward flights booked on Avios so we could cancel those without much of a penalty if it doesn’t work out). I’m not purchasing any more points this year as I want to be sure I get to use the ones I have now first.
Some also like to get these points to transfer to Southwest as they have historically counted toward Companion Pass qualification. If you just need a few more points to get to the 110,000 point Companion Pass threshold, 6,000 Chioce points transfers to 1,800 Rapid Rewards points. If you wanted a different type of airline mile like United or American, then 5,000 points = 1,000 airline miles. That comes to about 1.9 cents per mile which isn’t bad, but isn’t great either.
Do you plan to pull the trigger on Choice points? If so, how do you plan to redeem them?
These packages go on sale Thursday at 1PM Eastern on the Daily Getaways website.