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My Choice Hotel Points Were Stolen

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In trying to tie up some loose ends on our 2017 travel plans, I logged into my Choice Privileges account today, and to my surprise I only had 2,000 points left. I’ll admit Choice points are not the points I keep track of the closest, but that small amount did not seem right. At first I thought I had messed up with their expiration rules that used to expire points at the end of the calendar year based on when they…

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Using Points at the 19 Room Howard Hotel in Scotland

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Once you get your feet wet a bit in the miles and points world, the next step is to diversify the types of points that you have as the opportunity arises. Over the years I have been able to ensure we have miles and points in lots of different programs so that we can usually get the award we want at the time we want…at least with some program. When we decided to add Grandma to our family’s adventure to…

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Choice Points to the Rescue and How to Buy Them for Less

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I’ve had to use every trick in my book, and then a few that weren’t yet in my book, to try and secure nice but affordable lodging in the UK, especially Scotland, during an insanely peak travel time this summer. One of the “tricks” I have turned to is using hotel points. Of course that’s hardly a new trick, but it wasn’t one of the usual suspects like Hyatt, Starwood, Club Carlson, or even IHG points that saved the day.  …

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Discounted Choice Hotel Points for Sale Today

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Today marks the beginning of five weeks of Daily Getaway sales that are available online once per weekday at 1PM Eastern. These various travel deals range from blocks of hotel points, to hotel stay certificates, to Las Vegas packages, theme park tickets, and more. Some are very hot deals that will sell out in seconds, and some are just okay deals in the right situation that won’t sell out for days, if ever. In all cases you should probably have…

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Did You Win Elite Status and 20,000 Hotel Points?

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Certain hotel loyalty programs, such as Choice Privileges, don’t get as much attention on the miles and points blogs as other programs. On the one hand that is sometimes warranted because of unfriendly policies or less than stellar properties, but on the other hand, there can still be value to be had from these programs. Along those lines, I was very happy when I learned that Choice Privileges eliminated the rule that points expire after a certain period of time even…

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Choice Privileges Updates and Points Giveaway!

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Choice Privileges is the loyalty program for Choice Hotels which includes Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Clarion, Ascend, and a few other budget minded hotel brands that you will often find scattered around the country and beyond. At over 6,300 properties around the world they are actually one of the largest hotel brands out there, even if they aren’t one of the fanciest. My parents regularly use Choice for their budget friendly National Parks themed trips, and we have used them…

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Worst Hotel Point Expiration Policy Improves

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The worst hotel loyalty program point expiration policy award had to go to Choice Privileges. In fact, I just wrote a reminder to redeem Choice points a few weeks ago since their points expired on December 31st, two years after the year in which they were deposited into your account – even if you continued to have activity in your account. It is very, very rare for a US hotel or airline loyalty program to expire your points if you continue to have…

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Redeem Points That Expire Tomorrow!

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The end of the year marks the end of the line for lots of miles and points opportunities – more than I could possibly offer reminders for without sending everyone (including myself) into information overload. However, some deadlines are common enough or strict enough to warrant some specific reminders. Yesterday I offered a reminder to use the Amex airline fee credits that come with some Amex charge cards before the end of the year. Today I want to remind you…

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Another Hotel Program Introduces Points + Cash Awards

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Last week Choice Privileges introduced Points + Cash awards for for their properties that go for more than 10,000 points per night.  While I really like points + cash awards with various programs as it allows you to essentially “buy back” some of your points as sometimes favorable prices, I don’t frequently use Choice Privileges, so I wasn’t overly excited with this news specifically.  However, after digging into it a bit more today, I can seem some good uses, especially…

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Bad Change at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island in the Bahamas

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The Comfort Suites Paradise Island hotel is one of the best hotel values for staying near Atlantis and accessing the massive water park and other Atlantis amenities on a budget.  Many of us buy Choice Hotel points in the annual Daily Getaways sale with the plan of using them in the Bahamas at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island. My own family has completed one stay that way and purchased enough points to have another stay in the future. For years…

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