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Last week while reporting on Daily Getaways and the purchase of Choice Privileges points, I came across the unsettling information that hotels in Japan as well as all Nordic Choice hotels were showing absolutely no availability. There was no word on whether this was a glitch or a calculated maneuver by Choice Privileges to limit the value of its redeemable hotels.

This sucked, as I had just bought 250,000 Choice points (my first ever!) in a far-seeking attempt to plan for a trip to Japan. I was understandably bummed by the seemingly deliberate decision, and pondered where best I could use my newly acquired stash (Perhaps the $50/night all-inclusive in the Dominican Republic?).

Luckily for me, today I checked Choice Hotels’ website, and it looks like availability is back!

a screenshot of a hotel

This isn’t limited to Japan either, as results show up for Nordic Choice Hotels as well.

a screenshot of a hotel search engine

These hotels offer some of the best cents per point redemptions within the Choice Privileges program, so I’m definitely relieved to see them back. While I don’t have actual dates set for Japan yet (yes, I purchased points semi-speculatively), my enormous stash essentially means I can stay wherever I need for however long I need without paying the horribly high cash costs common in the country. Score!

(SEE ALSO: 4 best uses of Choice points)

Did anyone else buy Choice points? Where are you going to use them?

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