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Choice Hotels is out with an extended offer to buy Choice Hotel points with a 50% bonus. Let’s examine it to see if / when it might make sense. The bonus offer expires Sunday December 3rd.

Normally, Choice points cost $11.00 to purchase 1,000 points (tax included), for a purchase price of 1.10 cent per point. That might seem cheap, but remember, Choice points are only worth about 0.6 cents each, so at the normal rate, you’re paying a premium on the value. At the normal rate, it doesn’t make sense to buy Choice points.

a black and white advertisement for a hotel room

What about with the 50% bonus offer? This offer is tiered.

  • 0 – 5,000 points – no bonus
  • 6,000 points or more – 50% bonus

If you buy 50,000 points, it will cost you $515 but with the 50% bonus offer you will get a total of 75,000 points, which brings the purchase price to 0.69 cents per point, which is near the normal redemption value.

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While I’m generally against buying points speculatively, if you need some points for your next redemption, it could be worth topping up your account.

(SEE ALSO: When is buying miles worth it?  Only in these 3 instances)

(SEE ALSO: 4 best uses of Choice points)

You can find the link to this promotion here. I actually bought Choice points for the first time before my trip to Sweden a few years ago. We were looking at staying at the Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm. Choice was running a 10% off promotion then, so I paid $99 for the 10,000 points.That let me book the hotel for 10,000 points / night instead of paying USD$249 / night! It’s only for situations like these when I recommend buying points.

Will you buy Choice points with a 50% bonus offer? Or will you wait for a better offer to come back?

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