Choice Privileges has today launched their summer promotion for stays May 12 – August 18, 2016.
You can earn minimum of 8,000 points for two stays (that you can later convert to gift cards – makes no sense at all).
You can register for this offer on Choice’s website here.
Note that this promotion is only eligible for Choice Privileges members that have their account address in the United States or Canada.
The gift card promotion means that you can merely use your Choice Privileges points at a discounted rate when redeeming for select merchandise gift cards by September 30, 2016. The points are better used for free stays, however.
Choice Privileges is very predictable when it comes to these promotions. They are always basically 8,000 points for two stays.
Here are the terms and conditions:
Promotion registration required at ChoiceHotels.com/giftcard before check-out. Members must book trips via ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4CHOICE at qualifying rates. Corporate travelers may book through a travel agent or corporate online booking system. Choice Privileges member number must be provided upon check-in. After a second qualifying trip with arrival between 5/12/16 and 8/18/16, members will be awarded enough bonus points to reach the 8,000 point level, which can be redeemed until 09/30/16 for one (1) $50 gift card at selected retailers. Please see a list of participating retailers here: ChoiceHotels.com/giftcard. Terms and conditions apply to $50 gift card options. See card for details. A trip is defined as a stay that is any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. 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, members must set their earning preference to Choice Privileges points in their online account. Any change made to earning preference will remain in effect after the promotion has ended. Allow 72 hours from check-out for points to post. You must maintain an address in the U.S. (including U.S. territories) or Canada to be eligible for this promotion. For Choice Privileges program details, eligible rates, eligible countries and point redemption rules, visit choiceprivileges.com. Hotels are independently owned and operated.
Here are the frequently asked questions by Choice:
1. For which retailers can I earn a $50 gift card?
You can redeem your promotional points for the following participating retailers:
- Shopping: Amazon, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Walmart, Nike
- Dining: Dining: Darden (Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn, Seasons 52, Red Lobster, Yardhouse), Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, Brinker (Chili’s), Applebee’s.
- Gas: BP, ExxonMobil, Shell
2. How do I get my gift card? I’ve taken my two separate qualifying trips?
You can redeem your promotional bonus points for your choice of digital and plastic $50 gift cards here. If you are redeeming for a plastic gift card, you can also call the Choice Privileges Service Center.
Hurry! Our participating retailers have discounted their cards to the 8,000 point level until September 30th. You have until then to redeem your promotional points for a $50 gift card at this discounted point level.
3. What are the dates of this promotion?
Check in between May 12 and August 18 to earn.
4. Promotion ‘registration’ is required – where do I register?
Current Choice Privileges members can register here before their first trip.
Not a member? Sign up for Choice Privileges and be automatically registered for the promotion! Click here.
5. What are the booking requirements?
Book via ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4CHOICE. Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum can book directly with a hotel. Don’t have the app? Download it here:
6. How can I book as a corporate traveler?
As a corporate traveler, you can book your stays through your corporate booking system to qualify. However, stays booked with the SEGEN rate code do not qualify for promotional bonus points
7. What’s a ‘trip’?
As a member, you must complete ‘two separate qualifying trips.’
- Trip’ = 1+ consecutive nights at all Choice Hotels
NOTE: Consecutive nights at one hotel only count as one trip, regardless of check-ins or check-outs.
8. What is a ‘qualifying rate’?
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/Military, 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) and select LSRPs (select locally negotiated rate plans).
The following rates are not eligible for Choice Privileges points:
Rooms booked at rates below $40 per night, complimentary rooms, rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting, or rooms booked through a travel agent or third party online retailer as part of pre-paid wholesale rates, wholesale packages or senior tours
9. How many points am I awarded after each trip?
After every second qualifying trip, you will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 points and a maximum of 8,000 bonus points, depending on how many base points were earned from your two (2) separate trips. You can redeem these promotional bonus points for a $50 gift card of your choice among participating retailers.
Normally, our gift cards are 16,000 points, but our summer retailers have discounted their cards to 8,000 points specifically for our promotion.
10. How many times can I receive the gift card bonus?
You can earn points for an unlimited number of $50 gift cards. After you register, you’ll earn points for one (1) gift card after every two separate qualifying trips taken between May 12 and August 18.
Our participating retailers have discounted their cards to the 8,000 point level until September 30th. You have until then to redeem your promotional points for a $50 gift card at this discounted point level.
11. Do I have to redeem my bonus points earned from this promotion for a gift card?
The points are yours! You can redeem your points for any reward you choose. Check out choiceprivileges.com for more options.
12. When will the bonus points post to my account?
Please allow 72 hours from check-out for your points to post. Points from stays at international locations can take longer to post – please allow up to 20 days.
13. If I’m earning Airline Miles or Amtrak Guest Rewards instead of points, am I still eligible for the bonus?
No, you must set your earning preference to Choice Privileges points in order to participate in this promotion and receive your gift card.
Please note: Your earning preference will remain set to points 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 online account.
14. Are Vacation Rental trips included in the promotion?
No, trips booked at a Vacation Rental property currently do not qualify for the promotional bonus. However, all vacation rental stays are eligible for earning Choice Privileges points.
15. Are international trips included in the promotion?
Yes, trips to all hotels included in the Choice Privileges program will count towards the promotion. However, please note, points from stays at international locations can take longer to post – please allow up to 20 days.
16. When do my Choice Privileges points expire?
All qualifying activity keeps your points active for 18 additional months, from the first of month after your activity is completed through the 18th month of inactivity, at 12:00 am PST. A qualifying activity is based on when points post or are removed from your account.
17. What is considered ‘qualifying activity’ to keep my points?
To remain active in the program, you must have at least one of the following activities every 18 consecutive calendar months:
- Qualifying point-eligible stay (earning points, miles, or Amtrak Guest Rewards points),
- Redeeming Choice Privileges points (free nights, gift cards etc.)
- Earning points with the Choice Privileges Visa® card (US members only)
- Purchasing points
- Referring a Friend*
*The Refer-a-Friend option awards points to your account when a friend enrolls in the Choice Privileges Rewards Program and completes a point-eligible stay. The point forfeiture date will be based on the date the points post to your account, not on the date of the referral.
18. What is the Advanced Purchase Rate?
Advance Purchase Rate means that the reservation must be made on ChoiceHotels.com using your Choice Privileges number and must be made at least 7, 14, 21 or 30 days in advance, which will vary based on the hotel for which a reservation is being made. The rate starts at 15% off Best Available Rate, is non-cancellable, non-changeable and non-refundable. Your credit card will be charged for the total reservation amount within 24-48 hours of booking. Learn more.
19. Who do I contact if I have further questions?
If you have further questions please contact Choice Customer Support.