Back Yet Again: Stay Twice and Earn a Free Night at Choice Hotels Properties

This is the front entrance of the Sleep Inn at North Scottsdale Road hotel property. Photograph courtesy of Choice Hotels Choice Hotels International, Inc. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of the Sleep Inn at North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In what appears to be a repeat of a promotion from August of last year, you can earn an unlimited amount of free nights with this promotion by Choice Hotels, as you earn 8,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points — enough for a free night at greater than 1,500 hotel properties — after each second qualifying stay between February 27, 2014 and May 14, 2014.

However, you must register for this promotion before arrival and book your stay at a qualifying rate — and registration is now open.

While a qualifying stay could mean a minimum of one night per stay at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites or Ascend Collection hotel properties, each stay at Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel or MainStay Suites hotel properties must be a minimum of two consecutive nights per stay to qualify for this promotion.

Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum members can book directly with a hotel property; however, if you book through the official Internet web site of Choice Hotels, you will receive 250 additional Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points with every qualifying stay — which is 150 more Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points than in past promotions.

If you book early, you can save up to 20 percent on room rates — but the reservation must be booked through the official Internet web site of Choice Hotels using your Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program account number and must be made at least 7, 14, 21 or 30 days in advance, which will vary based on the hotel property for which the reservation is being made. Be aware that you cannot change or cancel your reservation once it is booked, and the discounted rate is not refundable. Your credit card will be charged for the total reservation amount within 48 hours of booking your reservation.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

In a way, this promotion is somewhat misleading, as this little tidbit can be found in those terms and conditions:

“A free night at most Choice Privileges locations requires more than 8,000 points.”

As I advised during a similar promotion last year, you may want to avoid staying at Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel or MainStay Suites hotel properties because they require a minimum of two consecutive nights per stay to qualify for this promotion. More often than not, staying at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites or Ascend Collection hotel properties would be a better value for taking advantage of this promotion — unless the room rate at any of those hotel properties is at least double the room rate of the Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel or MainStay Suites hotel properties.

You also have the option to redeem your Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points for a gift card of your choice worth $50.00 — but you will need to stay a minimum of four nights during the promotion period, as it will cost you 16,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points.

You can also redeem 5,000 of your Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points for other items such as 1,000 frequent flier loyalty program miles — and that will usually result in keeping your frequent flier loyalty program miles from expiring.

These are just a few ways in which you can benefit from this otherwise tepid and unexciting promotion, which seems to be repeated with little change every six months…

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