My parents are spending some time in Europe right now. I helped them plan some of their hotel stays, and in the process I discovered how truly valuable Choice Hotel points are in Europe.
This is especially true since Choice Hotels have dropped the points requirement to 8,000 point per night in several European cities (thru Nov. 30th, 2013).
I’ll use my parents’ itinerary as an example of the savings you can find when using your Choice points.
Stay #1 = Quality Hotel and Leisure Center Killarney. Rates next week are around 75 Euro ($100). While that’s not an outstanding value per dollar, it’s still 1.25 cents per point.
Stay #2 = Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport. The best rates next week are 190 Euro or $255 USD. This hotel only costs 8,000 point per night so you can get over a 3 cent per point value.
Stay #3 = Comfort Hotel Bolivar. The best available rate next weekend is 180 Euro ($240 USD). When I booked their stay, it was 10,000 points per night. With the current point reduction, you can snag a room for 8,000 points. That’s a 3 cent per point value.
At 8,000 points per night in Europe, Choice is hard to beat. In fact, if I were heading to Europe in the next few months, I doubt I’d find a better use of my miles.
Notes About Choice Hotel Points:
- If your goal is aspirational hotels, you shouldn’t try and earn Choice points. Yes, there are some nice Choice Properties, but their ‘class’ wouldn’t compete with other larger chains. However, even without status, some hotels include free breakfast.
- Without status, you can only book 30 days in advance. When I booked rooms for my parents, this wasn’t an issue at all. They did have two choices for hotels in Dublin, and they had to go with their second choice because the first was sold out.
- Choice has a promotion right now where you can earn 8,000 bonus points for staying twice between September 5th and November 13th. If you can find cheap hotels in your city, that might be mattress run worthy if you plan to use your points somewhere like Europe. My cheapest qualifying stay would cost $68 per night.
- American Express Rewards is a transfer partner with Choice. For 8,000 Membership Rewards you can end up with enough points for a free hotel night.
- Points can be purchased up to 20,000 points year at the cost of $11 per 1,000 points. Also, until the 23rd of September, you can buy points with a 10% bonus. 8,800 points would cost $88. If you don’t have any points or don’t have access to points, getting a night in Europe for $88 sounds like great deal to me.
- The Choice Privileges credit card offers a bonus of up to 32,000 points.
If you’ve got plans to head to Europe, you can get some tremendous value from your Choice points.