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While you need to be very careful to do the math before you decide to purchase airline miles or hotel points, sometimes it can be a good pathway to saving money on your travels. Along those lines, today (September 5th) is the last day to get a 40% bonus on purchased Choice Privileges points if you purchase 5,000 or more points.
This 40% bonus drops the per point price down to about $0.0078 each, which is just under 8/10ths of a cent for the decimal point challenged crew. This is obviously better than the standard selling price of 1.1 cents each, and can represent a way to save over paid Choice stays, though it is not as good of a price as we see from the annual Daily Getaway sale in the spring. I think their standard selling price of 1.1 cents each is really right on the money in terms of the typical Choice redemption value, but there are always exceptions where you can get outsized value for your points.
I have gotten a good return for my purchased Choice points at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island right next to Atlantis – staying there even gives you wristband access to Atlantis. I have also gotten a great value at the adorable 19 room Ascend property in Scotland called the Howard Hotel, as well as in New York City. This post highlights some of the reasons why I really enjoy Choice Privileges as a secondary program, and a look at some good redemption options.
Just today I used Choice points to book us a night in the Bahamas and my parents a night near Yellowstone. Both of those redemptions were at a value over the regular selling price of 1.1 cents each, especially when you factor in taxes and fees on paid hotel stays.
The program is far from perfect, especially since without elite status you can only book award nights 30 days in advance in the US and Canada or 60 days in advance for other destinations, but that isn’t a reason to totally count them out. I have never personally had a problem getting what I wanted with Choice points within those timeframes, but it does make advance planning a challenge.
Before you buy, keep in mind that you must have at least one qualifying activity every 18 months to maintain your Choice Privileges points, so don’t just buy points and forget about them.
Do you ever purchase or utilize Choice points on your travels?
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