Stay Two Times and Earn a Free Night — Spring 2017 Promotion With Choice Privileges

S tarting today, Thursday, March 2, 2017, you 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 properties; although many require more for a free night — after each second qualifying stay through Sunday, April 27, 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.

Stay Two Times and Earn a Free Night — Spring 2017 Promotion With Choice Privileges

In other words, stay two times and earn a free night with Choice Privileges — however, 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.

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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.


If this promotion sounds familiar to you, it should: it is basically the same promotion which has been offered multiple times over the years — but with two improvements: the policy pertaining to the expiration of points has changed from expiring no matter what after two years to indefinitely extending the expiration date of points with account activity every 18 months; and the requirement of two or more consecutive nights at one hotel property to qualify for a stay with this promotion at Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, or MainStay Suites has been eliminated, as the minimum stay is now one night.

I have called it a “tired” promotion in the past; but if you regularly stay at hotel and resort properties which participate in the Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program, this can be a lucrative promotion.

“8,000 points after two stays with Choice Privileges is comparatively one of the best value promotions among all the major hotel loyalty programs”, according to this comment posted at The Gate by Ric Garrido of Loyalty Traveler, whose analysis I greatly respect. “Last March I spent $86 and earned 9,000 points on two $40 hotel stays. Double points with Hilton would have earned an additional 800 points. Double points with SPG would be 160 points and actually no bonus since SPG does not give bonus points for one night stays. Not much value with those small number of points.

“I have had two Choice Privileges award stays in the past four months in Norway and Sweden where a 10,000 points award night saved over $200 for a hotel room and both times I was able to book a suite at that 10K rate.

“No reason to change a promotion with high value.”

Source: Choice Hotels.

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