Choice Points are one of the least talked about hotel reward programs out there, but I find them to be really useful. Besides the the Hotel Bolivar in Rome and the Comfort Suites in Atlantis, humble Choice points are often my go to in another situation: last minute Interstate motel stops.
One of my pet peeves is that it can cost more to stay at a small town motel than many nicer hotels in tourist destinations. A Super 8 in Burt, Iowa that goes for $119+ a night springs to mind, but I digress…
So during a recent drive up Interstate 95 I started yawning around Fayetteville, NC. I pulled off at a rest stop to survey my options on my smartphone. The nearest Hyatt was 150 miles away. Other chains (those which had any rooms within 50 miles) were all over $120 or 15,000-25,000 points-which seemed silly since it was after 10PM and I’d be on the road again at 6AM the next morning.
Except Choice. Opening up the Choice mobile site I quickly saw at least 10 motels within 30 miles of me on the Interstate ranging from 6,000-10,000 points a night. I found the nearest 6,000 point room that had a reasonable rating from guests and 10 minutes later walked into a clean, if dated, room at an Econolodge. The room would have cost $89+tax – which was cheap compared to my other limited options- so I was happy with the redemption.
Choice is a transfer partner of American Express rewards and has occasional “buy points” bonuses. I normally advise against buying points but I stock up on Choice anytime I can get them for less than .75 cents a point or so. They also show up on the annual Daily Getaways list in very limited quantities at 1/2 off.
Have Choice points ever gotten you out of Interstate purgatory? Are other locations a great value on Choice points? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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