Stay Twice and Earn a Gift Card Worth $50.00 — Summer 2017 Promotion With Choice Privileges

Y ou can earn up to 8,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points — enough to redeem for a free night at greater than 1,500 participating hotel and resort properties; although many require more for a free night — after each second qualifying stay starting today through Monday, July 31, 2017; and you are limited only by the duration of this promotion in terms of the number of free nights you can potentially receive with this promotion by Choice Hotels

…but for this promotion, those 8,000 points can also be redeemed for a gift card worth $50.00 — A gift card typically requires that you redeem 16,000 points — and the gift card must be redeemed by Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Stay Twice and Earn a Gift Card Worth $50.00 — Summer 2017 Promotion With Choice Privileges

You must sign up and register for this promotion prior to checking out of the hotel during your first stay; and you must book your stay at a qualifying rate. Additionally, registration is now open to you — but only if you maintain an address in the United States and its territories and Canada.

Realize that after a second qualifying stay, you will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 and maximum of 8,000 bonus Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points, depending on the number of base points earned from the two separate qualifying trips.

A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel or resort property — regardless of how many times you check in and check out. You must provide your member number when you check in at the hotel property; and you must set your earning preference to Choice Privileges points in your account.

Where Gift Cards Can Be Redeemed in the United States

Members in the United States can redeem their promotional points for the following participating retailers:

  • Amazon
  • Applebee’s
  • Apple iTunes
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Chili’s
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Lowe’s
  • Olive Garden
  • Red Lobster
  • Seasons 52
  • Shell
  • Yard House

Where Gift Cards Can Be Redeemed in Canada

Members in Canada can redeem their promotional points for the following participating retailers:

  • Apple iTunes
  • Best Buy
  • Canadian Tire
  • Cineplex
  • Esso
  • Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Petro-Canada
  • Starbucks
  • St-Hubert
  • The Ultimate Dining Card

Early Reservation Booking Discount

If you book early, you can save up to 20 percent on room rates — with a minimum discount of at least 15 percent — but the reservation must be booked through the official Internet web site of Choice Hotels using your Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program account number and must be made at least 7, 14, 21 or 30 days in advance, which will vary based on the hotel property for which the reservation is being made. Be aware that you cannot change or cancel your reservation once it is booked, and the discounted rate is not refundable. Your credit card will be charged for the total reservation amount within 48 hours of booking your reservation. Rooms at this discount are limited; and this offer is not available to groups nor can it be combined with any other discount.

Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum Status

You can book directly with a hotel or resort property if you have earned Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum status; but if you book through the official Internet web site of Choice Hotels or use its mobile application software, you will receive a choice of 250 additional Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points or a snack and beverage with every qualifying stay as an incentive.

Participating Hotel Brands

Hotel brands which are participating in this promotion include:

Eligible Rates

The same rates that are always eligible for Choice Privileges points are eligible for this promotion.

You earn Choice Privileges points for individual travel on the following rates:

  • Best available rate
  • Advance purchase
  • Corporate
  • VIP and net preferred
  • Government rate
  • Military rate
  • Travelers’ discount
  • AAA/CAA
  • PSCIEN
  • Package rates
  • Small organization savings
  • Significant savings
  • Senior rate
  • Sports rate
  • CPSA
  • Preferred customer savings rate
  • Savings at work
  • Negotiated rates (N)
  • Select locally negotiated rate plans

Ineligible Rates

The following rates are not eligible for earning Choice Privileges points:

  • Rooms booked through a third party or travel agents
  • Rooms booked at rates less than $40.00 per night
  • Stays booked at a vacation rental property
  • Wholesale packages or senior tours
  • Complimentary rooms, paid for as part of a convention or meeting

Select Terms and Conditions

You must book your reservations via the official Internet web site of Choice Hotels, the Choice Hotels mobile software application program, or 800.4CHOICE at qualifying room rates. Corporate travelers may book through a corporate online booking system; a global distribution system; or with a travel agent.

Trips at vacation rental property locations and stays booked with the SEGEN rate code do not qualify for promotional bonus points. To be eligible to earn the bonus, you must set you earning preference to Choice Privileges points in your account. Any change implemented to your earning preference will remain in effect after the promotion has ended. If you would like to revert to earning airline miles or Amtrak Guest Rewards, you must reset your preference in your account. Please allow 72 hours from checking out of the hotel or resort property for points to post to your account; and points earned from stays at international locations can take up to 20 days to post to your account.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

Summary

The number of participating retailers for this promotion is limited; and you only have up to four months maximum to use the gift cards you earn. Despite that, this iteration of what has been an ongoing promotion for years is the best one due to the redemption of only half the amount of points typically required for the gift cards — although the selection is limited.

Depending on your circumstances, you might be better off using the batches of 8,000 points you earn towards other options — such as redemptions for award room nights for future stays at Choice Hotels properties; but keep in mind that your points will expire within 18 months unless you have at least one qualifying activity in your account to keep your points from expiring.

This promotion is not for everyone; but if you plan on staying at Choice Hotels properties during the promotion period anyway — and you patronize the 23 participating retailers in the United States and Canada, you should consider registering for this promotion as a member of the Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program.

As in past iterations of this promotion, I will once again pass on participating in it — but I hope that you benefit from it.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


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