8,000 Points or $50: Your Choice With Choice Hotels

Stay at Choice Hotels properties as a Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program member between now and August 15, 2012 and you will earn your choice of 8,000 points or a $50.00 gift card after your second qualifying stay. However, you must register for this promotion before arrival and book your stay at a qualifying rate.

The $50.00 gift card is good at select fuel stations, restaurants and stores in the United States and Canada, as shown on the list below:

U.S. Resident Options

  • BP
  • Chevron/Texaco
  • Darden — this includes Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and Eddie V’s restaurants
  • ExxonMobil
  • Macy’s
  • Sears
  • Shell
  • Sunoco
  • Uno Chicago Grill

Canada Resident Options

  • Cara Foods
  • Cineplex
  • FutureShop
  • Esso
  • Home Hardware
  • Sears
  • St. Hubert’s

Keep in mind the following details:

  • For Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites or Ascend Collection hotels, a stay is defined as any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs.
  • For Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, or MainStay Suites hotels, a stay is defined as two or more consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs.

Other terms and conditions apply for this promotion.

If you are not already attempting to earn or maintain elite status for next in a different hotel program with stays, this promotion can certainly be worth your attention, as you can earn an unlimited amount of gift cards during the promotion period — but I recommend you generally stay away from the lower-cost properties when attempting to earn the $50.00 gift cards.

For example, let’s say you wanted to stay in Kansas City later this month to qualify for a $50.00 gift card. Do not stay at the Econo Lodge Airport and Econo Lodge South properties, because even though they are roughly $38.00 per night, you must stay a minimum of two nights at each property, which will ultimately cost you $152.90 plus taxes and fees to earn that $50.00 gift card. Frankly, I shudder at the thought of staying at an Econo Lodge for even one night, let alone four — and it only includes continental breakfast at best. Instead, try the Sleep Inn Airport for $50.99 plus taxes and fees for one night and the Comfort Inn at $51.99 for the second night — that adds up to $102.98 plus taxes and fees for two fewer nights and almost $50.00 less money for that $50.00 gift card, and the rates at both of those properties include breakfast. For literally a few extra bucks, you can stay at a Quality Inn or a Clarion Hotel property instead if you seek a slightly upgraded experience.

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