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Choice Privileges rewards you with points every time you stay in a Choice brand hotel or vacation rental, make a purchase with the Choice Privileges Visa Signature credit card from Barclays or shop at a Choice Privileges partner retailer. You can exchange those points for future stays in Choice Hotels and select Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand properties, or for airline miles, cruise vacations, Amtrak Guest Rewards points, gift cards and more.

Earn Points

You will earn five to 10 points per dollar spent on a vacation rental property and 10 points per dollar spent on a stay (not including taxes or other incidentals) at a Choice-affiliated hotel, excluding properties in Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Guyana, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. For stays at Choice brand hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, you'll earn 10 points per U.S. dollar spent on all hotel charges (including room rate, taxes, dining and bar charges, laundry and phone calls).

You can also earn points by booking trips on a variety of major cruise lines, as well as by staying at a number of Bluegreen Vacations resorts. Additionally, you can earn points by referring a friend or family member to the program, by booking rental cars with Avis or Budget, by ordering food from delivery.com through the Choice Hotels mobile app and by shopping with partner retailers like 1-800-Flowers.com and 1-800-Baskets.com. You'll earn extra benefits for booking a weeknight stay (Sunday through Thursday), such as bonus points, Amazon credit, discounts on Uber rides and more. The Choice Privileges Visa Signature credit card from Barclays allows you to earn points, too. Should you need more points, you can buy them on the Choice Hotels website. A maximum of 120,000 points can be purchased each calendar year. Additionally, you can choose to earn airline miles with select partners or Amtrak Guest Rewards points instead of Choice Privileges points.

Using Points

Choice Privileges members can redeem points for free nights at more than 7,000 Choice-affiliated hotels worldwide. Points can also go toward stays at vacation rentals, Bluegreen Vacations resorts and more than 500 Preferred Hotels & Resorts properties around the world. The number of points needed to cover the cost of a stay varies by hotel and location but ranges from 6,000 to 75,000. You'll need a minimum of 16,000 points for a two-night stay at Bluegreen Vacations resorts and at least 25,000 points to redeem a free stay at a Preferred property. You can also use at least 6,000 points plus cash to redeem a reward night. Below are the number of points needed for one free night in any room (ranging from standard rooms to premium rooms) in several popular destinations:

Destination No. of hotels Cost of room in points
Honolulu 1 30,000
Paris 12 8,000 - 20,000
Orlando 23 8,000 - 16,000
New Orleans 16 8,000 - 30,000
Miami 10 10,000 - 20,000
Cancun 1 8,000
San Juan, PR 1 12,000
Los Angeles 29 16,000 - 30,000
Punta Cana 0 N/A
Vancouver 3 25,000 - 30,000
New York City 36 12,000 - 30,000
Las Vegas 4 16,000 - 30,000
Chicago 10 12,000 - 30,000
San Francisco 15 20,000
Charlotte 30 8,000 - 16,000
Washington, D.C. 27 8,000 - 12,000
Houston 35 8,000 - 20,000
Toronto 8 20,000 - 30,000
Boston 10 16,000 - 30,000
Atlanta 37 8,000 - 20,000

The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News on July 12, 2019. We analyzed room rates for one-night stays arriving Saturday and departing Sunday four weeks from the research date. Only hotels with room availability that sit within a 15-mile radius of each destination are reflected in the above chart.

Choice Privileges points can also be exchanged for airline miles on nine national and international carriers, including American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Or, you can cash in your points for Amtrak Guest Rewards points or cruise credits that can be used with 20-plus cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International. Points can also go toward magazine subscriptions, experiences (like spa services and hot air balloon rides) and digital gift cards to more than 80 restaurants and retailers. What's more, points can be used to make charitable donations to the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, among other organizations.

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