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Choice Hotels is out with an extended offer to buy Choice Hotel points with a 25% discount. Let’s examine it to see if / when it might make sense. It’s a tiered offer where different accounts get a 15, 20 or 25% discount, depending on how many points you buy.  In all cases, the discount expires February 3rd

Normally, Choice points cost $12.80 to purchase 1,000 points (tax included), for a purchase price of 1.28 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.

What about with the discount offer? This time the bonus is tiered –

If you buy the full 180,000 points, then with a 25% discount offer it will cost you $1309.50, which brings the purchase price to 0.7275 cents per point, which is closer to the normal redemption value, but still slightly higher.

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)

You can find the link to this promotion here. I actually bought Choice points for the first time before my trip to Sweden awhile 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 25% discount offer? Or will you wait for a better offer to come back?

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