8,000 Points or $50.00 Gift Card: Your Choice With Choice Hotels After Staying Two Nights

This is the interior of a room at the Comfort Inn Southern Cross Hamilton in New Zealand. Photograph by FlyerTalk member flyerdude88. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by flyerdude88.

Regardless of whether you believe that it is a good thing or a bad thing, there is one thing you can say about promotions by Choice Hotels: they are rather predictable.

In the latest of a stream of encores of virtually identical versions of this promotion, 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 gift card worth $50.00 or a free night at greater than 1,500 hotel properties — after each second qualifying stay through Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

However, you must register for this promotion before arrival and book your stay at a qualifying rate; and registration is now open — but only to residents of the United States and Canada.

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.

As I advised during a similar promotion, 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.

If you opt for the gift card worth $50.00, then this promotion is a good deal for you: the cost of a gift card worth $50.00 is typically 16,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points; and the gift cards may be used for a variety of dining, fuel and shopping options in the United States and Canada…

…which basically means that this recycled promotion is really nothing more than a 50 percent discount on gift cards worth $50.00 every time you stay two nights and earn 8,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points within the promotion period.

You must redeem your $50.00 gift cards by Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

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