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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!

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

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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