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Old May 15, 19, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by miadukes View Post
We did a Vegas deal last year and it was awesome, great deal and we did not have to pay resort fee. Worked out well.
Cool. The thing that scares me about Vegas deals is the fact that a room at Harrah's can be worth $49/nt or $300/nt depending on when you're there. That's just...Vegas. So the entire value of the offer is based completely on how loose or tight the blackout and/or availability rules are. Of course that can be true with Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, etc. too, but I have greater familiarity with how those programs work with peak demand dates, whereas I know next to nothing about how Vegas and casino programs work.

On another note, very excited about today, love choice points!!
What are their brands abroad that you'd actually want to stay in? Sounds like they're at least somewhat blocked from redemption... I would need to know more about this one before buying.
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Old May 15, 19, 9:22 am
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
Cool. The thing that scares me about Vegas deals is the fact that a room at Harrah's can be worth $49/nt or $300/nt depending on when you're there. That's just...Vegas. So the entire value of the offer is based completely on how loose or tight the blackout and/or availability rules are. Of course that can be true with Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, etc. too, but I have greater familiarity with how those programs work with peak demand dates, whereas I know next to nothing about how Vegas and casino programs work.



What are their brands abroad that you'd actually want to stay in? Sounds like they're at least somewhat blocked from redemption... I would need to know more about this one before buying.
We went over Columbus Day weekend and had no issues booking. I'm sure the nights were cheap for some of our nights but the way I figured it we paid what like $500 I think, or $475, got $400 in food credit and tickets to tournament of kings (nothing we care for but again another meal we didn't have to pay for) so if I looked at it with that frame of mind, the nights werent more than $25a piece and with not resort fee, it worked well for us.

I don't use cHoice points abroad, just locally so its a great program for our needs.
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Old May 15, 19, 9:56 am
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All the Nordic Choice hotels have now been blocked as a redemption option using these Choice points. I've never before seen this happen with the Nordic Choice hotels before when looking at redeeming my Choice points. The hotels are still online for regular paid bookings, but not for bookings using these points.
The vast majority of international Choice hotels are now blocking all award availability (Scandinavia, but also Japan, Spain, France, etc.). Anyone considering buying points should be wary. It's always been a gamble that award nights you want will still be available after the 7-10 days it takes the points to post after the Daily Getaways sale, but not even knowing whether most international properties will be bookable on points any longer (or at what rates) makes this much riskier than previous years.
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Old May 15, 19, 10:02 am
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The vast majority of international Choice hotels are now blocking all award availability (Scandinavia, but also Japan, Spain, France, etc.). Anyone considering buying points should be wary. It's always been a gamble that award nights you want will still be available after the 7-10 days it takes the points to post after the Daily Getaways sale, but not even knowing whether most international properties will be bookable on points any longer (or at what rates) makes this much riskier than previous years.
I hope that everyone is cautious this year with this new development so that I don't have to fight for an hour to get my points LOL but in all seriousness, I get it but we use the choice points at home for quick weekends so much that they are definitely worth it for us.
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Old May 15, 19, 11:12 am
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Whew! Managed to get 2 of each for all except the 28,000, which I technically kept getting but it kept erroring out saying I had one pending so waiting on that. otherwise, seems as popular just like past years. 250k points so far and still trying for that second one! I'm happy today!

ETA: just picked up my final one, so total 2 of each package and yes, it was much easier this year so the numbers buying this must be down.

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Old May 15, 19, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by mster View Post
The vast majority of international Choice hotels are now blocking all award availability (Scandinavia, but also Japan, Spain, France, etc.). Anyone considering buying points should be wary. It's always been a gamble that award nights you want will still be available after the 7-10 days it takes the points to post after the Daily Getaways sale, but not even knowing whether most international properties will be bookable on points any longer (or at what rates) makes this much riskier than previous years.
Well, it seems like this year was a whole lot easier to pick up double packages of each offer than used to be the case the past few years.

I have to suspect that the redemption block on many international hotels did turn off some people. It turned me off too, but I am in this for more than just myself.
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Old May 15, 19, 2:03 pm
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I'm skeptical of most Vegas deals because of hidden fees and bogus availability limitations, but if that one is really only blacked out for Super Bowl and New Year's, that's actually a pretty solid deal.
I got the Ceaear's Palace deal last year and didn't have to pay resort fee or taxes / hidden charges. I believe it was $475 and included $150 dining credit, $150 spa credit, roundtrip limo from airport, and in round champagne (which turned out be $8 bottle lol). We used it on weekend in Sept when rates were $300 per night (would had been close to $400 with resort fee and taxes included).
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Old May 15, 19, 2:04 pm
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Well, it seems like this year was a whole lot easier to pick up double packages of each offer than used to be the case the past few years.

I have to suspect that the redemption block on many international hotels did turn off some people. It turned me off too, but I am in this for more than just myself.
Just saw the name and wanted to say Howdy, I think I remember last year it was you and me again all over the choice points.
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Old May 15, 19, 3:34 pm
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Just saw the name and wanted to say Howdy, I think I remember last year it was you and me again all over the choice points.
Hi again. And, yes, this seems to be a habit each year.
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Choice hotels just made a significant number of their more desirable overseas properties entirely unavailable for award bookings.

Anyone else nervous about a Choice devaluation immediately after their Choice point sale?

EDIT: It looks like the affected hotels were specifically made unavailable for award bookings starting two days ago on May 13th.
Ugh...I had bought some points a couple of years back, and it really paid off on a trip this spring where I either used Choice points or strongly considered it in London, Prague, Linz, Salzburg, and Stockholm. I just spot checked all of those places on random dates, and literally none of the hotels I stayed at or considered staying at are available on points at all, it seams. One random property 10 miles from London city center was available. I'll regret the decision I made to purchase today if this sticks. Even if if's for the high season, I would rather see rates increased seasonally than simply no inventory at all... Has anyone ever observed this with Choice before?
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Old May 15, 19, 11:52 pm
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From looking at the page, it looks like you click the "buy" button, which allows you to hold the purchase -- you then have a reasonable amount of time to enter your membership and payment information without risking losing it. Is that correct?

(In other words, it's just a race to click "buy", not a race to enter your information, right?)
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Old May 16, 19, 1:44 am
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
From looking at the page, it looks like you click the "buy" button, which allows you to hold the purchase -- you then have a reasonable amount of time to enter your membership and payment information without risking losing it. Is that correct?

(In other words, it's just a race to click "buy", not a race to enter your information, right?)
Yes, they give you a counter with several minutes to enter membership information when needed, and then after submitting membership info, you get a new counter with a few more minutes to enter payment data and complete the purchase.
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Originally Posted by ANC RED-EYE View Post
Ugh...I had bought some points a couple of years back, and it really paid off on a trip this spring where I either used Choice points or strongly considered it in London, Prague, Linz, Salzburg, and Stockholm. I just spot checked all of those places on random dates, and literally none of the hotels I stayed at or considered staying at are available on points at all, it seams. One random property 10 miles from London city center was available. I'll regret the decision I made to purchase today if this sticks. Even if if's for the high season, I would rather see rates increased seasonally than simply no inventory at all... Has anyone ever observed this with Choice before?
The scale and scope of the blocking of properties for redemption using these points is unprecedented in my years of using Choice points. And I've redeemed many millions of these points for properties overseas over the years.
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Old May 16, 19, 1:58 am
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That said the scandinavian choice properties are normally pretty cheap and buying points to redeem there often doesn't make sense.
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That said the scandinavian choice properties are normally pretty cheap and buying points to redeem there often doesn't make sense.
The regular paid rates for Nordic Choice hotels at any given property can vary hugely from time to time, more extremely so in Sweden than in Norway and Denmark. Some properties that I can book for say 500-600 SEK for some dates may more often have regular paid rates at 1000-2500 SEK (or more) at the times when I want to stay at any particular property. However, most often redeeming points for these properties is a money saver.

My typical redemption at Nordic Choice properties have a regular paid going rate usually somewhere between $100-$450 per night on the nights when I'm staying -- and these are most often not nights that are major event nights for the cities/towns. With the weaker SEK (v USD), redeeming points for these properties is not as much of a money saver as it usually is, but it's still more commonly a major money saver.

I don't see how the average US tourist visiting Stockholm, Gothenburg, or Malmo would not have often saved money when looking at (and) redeeming points for these properties instead of staying at them (or other comparable properties in the same cities) on regular paid rates. And my guess is that these three cities probably account for at least 85+% of hotel room nights booked by Americans in Sweden.
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