Today (Wednesday May 21st) the Daily Getaway Deals brings us Choice Privileges points up for sale, and this is a deal I have enjoyed in the past. I did a summary of the first week of deals here, and while I don’t plan to post a reminder before every single deal the way I have in years past, I do plan to post reminders the night before (or sometimes morning of) some of the deals that might be of more interest to the miles and points community than others.
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. Some of the deals are better than others, and since you are shelling out real money make sure you have plans for the deals your purchase. The travel packages are provided by U.S. Travel Association, in cooperation American Express. To get an additional 10% off savings you must pay with an American Express card. Daily Getaways are only open to those who are US residents ages 18 and up (though some packages are for 21+). Here is a link to some tips for successfully purchasing these limited quantity deals.
The deals go on sale at 1PM Eastern and are limited quantity, so be at your computer and ready a couple minutes before 1PM. Hit refresh on the specific deal you want until it says “buy” and then you are off to the races (click on the different deals on the far right to pick a different points package. Have your award program numbers ready if you are purchasing points, and good luck!
These offers are bundles of points you can use however you wish marketed as a certain number of nights at hotels.
- 40,000 Choice Privileges points – $165 (325 available) .37 cents each with 10% Amex discount
- 36,000 Choice Privileges points – $175 (785 available) .44 cents each with 10% Amex discount
- 32,000 Choice Privileges points – $132 (655 available) .37 cents each with 10% Amex discount
- 20,000 Choice Privileges points – $108 (216 available) .49 cents each with 10% Amex discount
Points are valid through December 31, 2016 at which time they expire. There is a max purchase of 2 sets of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. A maximum of 8 sets of points is allowed per loyalty number across all Choice Hotels offers. You can only book award stays 30 days prior to your planned arrival for the United States or Canada, or 60 days on international trips. Elite members have a somewhat higher booking window, and I did match to get elite status when I booked a trip last year.
Buy or No Buy:
I purchased these points in 2012 to take my family to the Comfort Suites Paradise Island next to Atlantis (staying there gives you included access to Atlantis). At these point prices, that is under $100 per night to take a family of four to Atlantis – including lodging. I say that is a great deal, but obviously that type of vacation isn’t for everyone.
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 ($111)
Comfort Inn Midtown West (Manhattan) – 25,000/30,000 points ($92.50/$111)
Clarion Collection Hotel Opera Pavillion Paris – 25,000 points ($92.50)
Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Road – 25,000 points ($92.50)
Comfort Hotel Royal Zurich – 25,000 points ($92.50)
Comfort Suites Paradise Island – 25,000 points ($92.50)
Roadway Inn University Downtown Austin – 12,000 points ($44.40)
The Equus, An Ascend Hotel Collection in Honolulu, HI – 30,000 points ($111)
Comfort Suites Summit County (near Breckenridge) – 20,000 points (16k in off-season) ($76)
There have also sometimes been redemptions in Europe for as low as 8,000 points per night during certain times per year, though I haven’t seen that appear as much this year as in previous years. 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 Choice points transfers to 1,800 Rapid Rewards points. If you bought 40,000 Choice points for $148.50 with the Amex discount, you could transfer that to 10,800 Southwest points at a cost of 1.375 cents per Rapid Reward point. If you wanted a different type of airline mile like United or American, then 5,000 points = 1,000 airline miles.
These are a good buy for Choice Hotel stays as well as topping up to the Companion Pass. I’ve been a buyer before, and now that I have successfully used the points I bought two years ago, I think I’ll be a buyer again. Given the number of packages available, I don’t think it will be too hard to get some points right when they go on sale at 1PM Eastern today, but I do expect these points to sell out at some point as there are many good uses for them.
Will you be purchasing some Choice points?