There are already so many different things hotel rewards programs to keep track. But since Radisson Rewards Americas integrates with Choice Privileges (you can already transfer points between programsand the two programs are expected to combine later this year), it’s worth considering the Choice Privileges program.
Savvy travelers who like to maximize promotions can find significant value in the Privileges of choice program. To help you maximize the program, we have summarized the Privileges of choice promotions available for US-based travelers in this story.
Win a $50 gift card for two hotel stays
Choice Privileges is currently running a promotion where you will earn at least 8,000 Choice points for two stays with arrival between March 27 and June 30. GPT values Choice Points at 0.6 cents each, so 8,000 Choice Points are worth $48.
Before leaving your first qualifying stay, register for the promotion here. To earn points, you must book a qualifying rate through a qualifying method (such as the Choice website, mobile app, or phone reservation center). Most fares that generally earn Choice Privileges points are qualifying fares.
You can redeem choice points you earn through this promotion as you wish. You can also redeem points earned through the promotion for discounted gift cards through August 29. In particular, some $50 gift cards are discounted at 8,000 points.
Your supplements The program offers additional benefits on qualifying stays that include a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night. Benefits vary depending on where you live. US-based travelers can currently choose one of the following perks for each weeknight:
- 400 Choice Privilege points.
- 100 air miles.
- $2.50 Amazon credit.
- $5 Starbucks Card.
- $3 discount on Uber rides.
To receive a benefit on qualifying weeknight stays, select the Your Extra benefit you want in your online Choice Privileges account. Once you choose it, this choice will apply to all future stays. However, you can change your preferences at any time using your online account.
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New Choice Credit Cards
Hotel credit cards can unlock additional perks and bonus earnings on stays with your favorite hotel brands. Choice Privileges loyalists now have two cards to consider with the following limited-time initial sign-up bonuses:
- Choice Privileges® Mastercard®: 60,000 points after spending $1,000 on qualifying purchases in the first three months.
- Choice Privileges Select Mastercard: 90,000 points after spending $3,000 on qualifying purchases in the first three months.
Both cards offer more than 1 point per dollar spent on stays at participating Choice hotels and on qualifying purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, home improvement stores and phone plans.
I particularly like the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard because it gives cardholders 30,000 bonus points on each account anniversary. TPG values Choice Points at 0.6 cents each, so the 30,000 bonus points are worth $180 — more than enough to justify the $95 annual fee.
Information relating to Mastercard Choice Privileges and Mastercard Choice Privileges Select has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Choice Privileges Eat and Win
Choice Privileges offers a meal rewards program called Choice Privileges Eat and Win. To use the Eat & Earn program, register and link at least one card to your account. You will earn 5 Choice points per dollar when you use the enrolled card to pay at participating restaurants.
Until June 30, the Eat and Win program offers 500 bonus points to new members when they spend $25 or more in their first 30 days, stay connected to program emails, and review their dining experience.
Buy Choice Points
You can usually buy choice points for 1.03 to 1.28 cents per point. While TPG values Choice points at 0.6 cents each, you can get a higher value in some destinations. It is therefore always worth checking the reward rate before booking a paid rate. For example, I often get great value with Choice Points during peak periods and when visiting expensive destinations.
Choice frequently offers buy points promotions. For example, Choice gives me a 40% bonus if I buy at least 16,000 points between April 6 and April 28.
Points for referring friends
You can earn choice points by refer friends to the Choice Privileges program. If you refer a friend and they join the program, you will both receive 500 bonus points after their first qualifying stay to earn Choice Points.
Diamond Elite Status Jump
Choice Privileges top-tier Diamond status doesn’t offer many elite benefits. However, it offers an Elite Points bonus on paid stays that is significantly higher than your regular earnings. If you stay with Choice frequently, it may be worth upgrading your status with Cambria’s Diamond Elite Status Jump.
You must first complete a qualifying stay at a Cambria hotel. Then send an e-mail to Status_Match@choicehotels.com with the following information:
- Your full name.
- Your Choice Privileges number.
- Screenshot or copy of your Cambria Hotel guest’s folio/receipt from a recent stay.
- Proof of elite status in another hotel program.
Choice may offer Diamond status for the current year if your qualifying stay or request is between January and June. If your qualifying stay and application is between July and December, Choice may offer you Diamond status until the end of the following year.
Related: Is hotel elite status more worth it?
Benefits for active military members and veterans
Finally, Choice invites military personnel and their spouses to register for lifetime Gold status with the Choice Privileges program using this form. You will earn 2,500 bonus points after your next qualifying stay if you are approved.
Choice also offers discounted business rates for government and military officials. Active duty military and veterans may also qualify for reduced leisure rates.