Choice Privileges Points Calculators

Choice Points Calculators for earning on stays, redeeming for the best cash value, and transferring to airline and travel partners.

Program Details

Choice Hotels is an American based hospitality company headquartered out of Rockville, Maryland, USA. They have over 7,000 properties across 41 countries and are one of the largest hotel chains in the world.

Choice Hotel Brands

Choice has 11 brands broken up into several categories ranging from economy to upscale. Those brands are:

  • Ascend Hotel Collection
  • Cambria Hotels
  • Comfort
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion Hotels
  • MainStay Suites
  • Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
  • WoodSpring Suites
  • Econo Lodge
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Quality Inn

Redeeming Rewards & Cash Value

The best value of Choice Privileges Points will come from redeeming them towards free nights at Choice brand hotels which will give you around 0.7 cents per point on average. Overall, Choice Privileges Points can be redeemed towards:

  • Free Nights at Choice Properties
  • Gift Cards
  • Point Transfers To Partners

Choice Privileges Points Value Calculator

Use the Choice Points Value Calculator to calculate the average cash value of your Choice Privileges Points based on the average value per cent. Average values (denoted by '~') are based on how much The Point Calculator values that redemption after doing some testing and number crunching. You can enter any amount of points in the field below.

Do note that some values are listed in United State Dollars. Choice is a U.S. hotel brand, so some redemptions are limited.

Choice Points Value Calculator

Enter any amount of points to see the average cash value.
Points
Choice Award Stays (Avg)
~ 0.7 Cents
CAD ~$0
Gift Cards
$25 for 6,000pts
CAD ~$0

Redeem For Free Nights

The best value from redeeming your Choice Privileges Points will come from using them for free nights. This gives you around an average value of 0.7 cents per point, but you can get more or less in value depending on the property. It's not too hard to find a deal, but it will usually take a little bit of simple math and comparing the cash price versus the point prices for all properties in a given area. For example, the Hotel Royal William, Ascend Hotel Collection can cost as much as $130 per night after sales tax is factored in. This hotel normally costs 16,000 points on most days which means you'll get about 0.8 cents in value which is pretty good for Choice Points.

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Gift Cards

Choice Privileges Points can be redeemed for gift cards which will give your points a value of 0.41 cents each. Categories include:

  • Clothing
  • Entertainment
  • Food & Drink
  • Gas
  • Home
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping
  • Sporting Goods
  • Travel

Redemptions start at 6,000 points for a $25 gift card. Other denominations higher than $25 will give you significantly lower value which is uncommon for these type of redemptions. Usually you'll see better redemptions as you redeem more points, but instead you'll be penalized with a lower value of 0.31 cents per point. I recommend picking up multiple $25 gift cards and avoiding the others.

You'll lose significant value aiming for $50 and higher gift cards.

Transfer Partners

Choice Privileges Points can be transferred to over 12 partners. There are no programs that allow you to transfer points to your Choice Privileges account in Canada.

Choice Privileges Transfer Partners

Choice Privileges has 12 partners that you can transfer your points to. Those partners are:

Choice doesn't have a uniform transfer ratio for their partners. The most common ratio is 5:1 which means transferring 5,000 Choice Points will give you 1,000 miles/points. You can use the point transfer calculator at the bottom of this page to get the details on transfer ratios for each partner.

How To Transfer Choice Privileges Points

You can transfer Choice Points directly to the following programs instantly using their rewards portal:

  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • Aeromexico Airlines Club Premier
  • Amtrak Guest Rewards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • Aeroplan (Air Canada)

In order to transfer Choice Privileges Points to these partner, you'll need to make sure that your profile is set to earn Choice Privileges Points under Manage Loyalty Programs. If it's set to earn airline miles or Amtrak Guest Rewards Points, you will not be able to transfer points.

You can transfer Choice Points by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Choice Rewards Exchange Portal.
  2. Click Transfer Now.
  3. Log into your Choice Privileges Account.
  4. Select the program you want to transfer points to.
  5. Select how many points you want to transfer.
  6. Confirm the transfer.

Transferring To Other Partners

Do note that you cannot use the Choice Hotels exchange portal to transfer points to the following programs:

  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • Spirit Airlines FREE Spirit
  • New Zealand Air Points
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

For these programs, you will need to call Choice Customer Service. Transferring points to these programs will take 2-6 weeks.

Choice Privileges Point Transfer Calculator

Use the Choice Points Transfer Calculator to calculate the transfer of Choice Privileges Points to Choice's airline partners and Amtrak. You can enter any amount of Choice Points below to see how many points or miles you will end up with each partner when transferred.

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Earning Rewards

Choice Privileges Points can be earned booking stays at Choice Hotels and renting cars with Avis and Budget.

Earning Choice Privileges Points On Stays

Staying at Choice brand hotels is the easiest way to build up your Choice Privileges Points. You'll earn 10 base points per US$1 spent and up to an additional 50% bonus based on your elite status in the Choice Privileges program. When earning points in non-U.S. Dollars, it will be converted to such before calculating total points.

Choice Privileges Base Points

Choice Privileges members will earn 10 points per US$1 spent at Choice brand hotels. This is the base amount of points that all members will receive. So if your hotel has a base cost of US$73 per night, you would earn 730 Choice Points (US$73 * 10) per night. If it's US$118, you would earn 1,180 points per night (US$118 * 10). You'll simply multiply the cost of the hotel in United States Dollars by 10 and that's the total base points you will receive for the booking.

Choice Privileges Elite Status

The Choice Privileges program has four tiers of status in the program which are Member, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Elite status with Choice is based on the number of nights you spend at Choice hotels during the calendar year. As you spend more nights, you'll move up in status and be rewarded various perks and benefits including a percentage of bonus points which gets higher as you move up in tiers.

Calculate Choice Privileges Points On Stays

The Choice Points Calculator will calculate how many points you can earn based on spend and elite status. Remember that points are earned based on United States Dollars and that you will not earn base points on taxes and fees.

Choice Hotels Spend

Enter the base cost of the hotel in U.S. dollars.
Base Spend

Choice Points Value

Enter how much you value Choice Privileges Points. The Point Calculator values them at 0.7 cents each (CAD), but you may value them at a higher or lower rate. This field is used to calculate the cash value of the points you earned.
Point Value

Choice Credit Card

There are no Choice credit cards for those based in Canada.

Choice Brand

All Choice Brands earn at a base rate of 10 Choice Points per US$1 spent, so there's no need to select a specific brand.

Choice Points Earned

The table below lists the amount of points you'll earn and the cash value of those points based on what you entered in the sections above.
Choice Member
Base Rate
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Gold
10% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Platinum
25% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Diamond
50% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value

Choice Car Rental Partners

You can earn Choice Privileges Points booking rentals with Avis and Budget car rental in the United States or Canada. You'll earn 1,000 Choice Privileges Points and save up to 25% off the base rates of car rentals. It's a good way to save some money if you plan on visiting either country.

Car Partner Book/Earn
Avis Book via avis.com and use Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Code: O418900
Budget Book via budget.com and use Budget Customer Discount (BCD) Code: T1349000

Buying Rewards

If you're close to a redemption and you're looking to top of your Choice Privileges balance, you can buy Choice Privileges Points directly from their website.

Choice Privileges Points can be purchased in USD at a rate of 0.99 to 1.21 cents per point with the best value being offered when you buy at least 10,000 Choice Privileges Points. You can buy as little as 1,000 Choice Privileges Points for US$12.10 and as many as 180,000 Choice Privileges Points for US$1,782 in a single transaction.

Buying Choice Points
Amount Purchases USD CAD (est)
1,000 - 4,000 Points 1.21 cents ~1.6 cents
5,000 - 9,000 Points 1.1 cents ~1.4 cents
10,000 - 180,000 Points 0.99 cents ~1.3 cents

Choice Privileges Points are on sale several times per year. This allows you to buy Choice Points at a reduced cost. If you're in need of topping off your account or you need to buy a large amount of Choice Points, doing so during the buy points promotions would be the best time.

How To Buy Choice Privileges Points

Choice makes it pretty easy to buy the points that you need. Here are the steps:

  1. Head to Choice's Buy Points page.
  2. Enter your first/last name, Choice member number, and email address.
  3. Select how many Choice Points you want to buy.
  4. Fill out the payment details.
  5. Review the purchase, agree to the Terms and Conditions, and click Pay Now.

Choice Privileges Elite Status

Choice Privileges has four tiers which are Member, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Your membership level in the Choice Privileges program is based on how many nights you've stayed at Choice Hotels during the calendar year. Nights are defined as the total number of nights you spend at the hotel. Do note that you will only receive credit when booking directly with Choice. Booking through third parties such as Expedia or Travelocity will not earn you credit towards elite nights nor earn you Choice Privileges Points.

Do note that some benefits are specific to certain locations. You'll want to check directly with the hotel if you have a question about a specific hotel benefit or review the terms of the program if it's non-hotel related.

Choice Member

You'll become a Choice member when you sign up for an account. Signing up for an account is free and I recommend doing so even if you only plan on staying at a Choice Hotel once since you'll receive a bunch of small but useful perks. Those perks include:

  • Earn/Redeem Choice Points
  • Exclusive Member Rate
  • Your Extras & Double Your Extras
    • Earn additional rewards on stays that include at least one Sunday through Thursday night:
      • 400 Bonus Choice Privileges Points
      • 100 Airline Miles
        • Aeromexico Club Premier
        • Air Canada Aeroplan
        • Air New Zealand Airpoints
        • Alaska Airline Mileage Plan
        • Amtrak Guest Rewards
        • Czech Airline OK Plus
        • FREE Spirit Rewards
        • Qantas Frequent Flyer
        • Southwest Rapid Rewards
        • United Airlines Mileage Plus
        • Velocity Frequent Flyer Program
      • US$0.20/gallon in Full Rewards Savings
      • US$2.50 Amazon.com Gift Card
      • US$5 Starbucks Card
      • US$2.50 Uber Credit
    • When you stay at a Cambria hotel, you'll earn double Your Extra rewards with select options:
    • 800 Bonus Choice Privileges Points
    • US$5 Amazon.com Gift Card
    • US$10 Starbucks Card
    • US$5 Uber Credit
  • US$10 Cambria Credit
    • When you stay at Cambria hotels, you'll be given a $10 credit that is redeemable at the hotel's bar, restaurants, or marketplace.

Choice Gold

Choice Hotels Gold Status is the second membership level in the Choice Privileges program. It pretty much offers all of the main benefits of the Choice Privileges program and is a really rewarding level for such low/easy requirements. You can qualify for Choice Gold Elite Membership by meeting the following requirements during the calendar year:

  • Spend 10 Nights At Choice Hotels

Once you obtain Gold status, you'll receive the following benefits:

  • 10% Elite Point Bonus
    • Earn 1 additional point on top of the base rate for a total of 11 Choice Privileges Points per US$1 spent.
  • Early Check-In and Late Check-Out
  • Elite Reserved Parking
  • Rollover Nights
    • Unused elite nights towards status will rollover to the next calendar year to make requailfying easier.
  • Elite Customer Hotline
  • Elite Welcome Gift
    • This gift can be something specific to the area or an amenity such as a marketplace item.
  • Benefits of Choice Privileges Member

Choice Platinum

Choice Hotels Platinum status is the third membership level in the program. It offers additional bonus points on stays and Avis Preferred Plus Status with Avis Car Rental. You can earn Choice Privileges Platinum Membership status by meeting the following requirement during the calendar year:

  • Spend 20 Nights At Choice Hotels

Choice Privileges Platinum offers the following benefits:

  • 25% Elite Point Bonus
    • Earn 2.5 additional points on top of the base rate for a total of 12.5 Choice Privileges Points per US$1 spent.
  • Avis Preferred Plus
  • Benefits of Choice Privileges Gold

Choice Diamond

The fourth and highest level in the Choice Privileges program is Choice Hotels Diamond Status. This status offers additional points and complimentary room upgrade. You can qualify for Choice Privileges Diamond Membership status by meeting the following requirement during the calendar year:

  • Spend 40 Nights At Choice Hotels

Choice Privileges Diamond status offers the following benefits:

  • 50% Elite Point Bonus
    • Earn 5 additional points on top of the base rate for a total of 15 Choice Privileges Points per US$1 spent.
  • Complimentary Room Upgrades
    • Choice counts a room upgrade as recently renovated rooms, rooms on a higher/lower floor, or rooms with favored views.
    • Upgrades are based on availability.
  • Benefits of Choice Privileges Platinum

Choice Hotels + Cashback Portals

Choice Hotels is featured on most of the major cash back portals. Cash back portals allow you to earn additional cash back on top of the rewards you would normally receive. It's the best way to double and triple dip on rewards. You'll still receive all of your Choice Privileges points and benefits because you'll still be booking direct with Choice since portals drop you off on the hotel landing page to book as normal.

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I've earned a lot of cash back over the years using portals like Rakuten when booking travel or shopping online.

I highly recommend using cash back portals when booking travel or shopping online since they're free to use and free to sign up for (most only require an email). It's an easy way to double and triple dip on rewards. You'll earn cash back from the portal, points with Choice (or any other program you're spending with), and rewards from your credit card (if it offers rewards).

If you don't have an account with some of the top portals, you can sign up for them below. Most portals offer bonus cash back on your first purchase and will also reward The Point Calculator with bonus cash back as well. Also, all of the listed portals offer PayPal as a payout option.

Book travel through the portal and earn cash back!

Choice Privileges FAQ

How many points do you get per stay at Choice hotels?

All members earn 10 points per US$1 as a base rate. Additional points can be earned per $1 spent based on elite status.

How much are Choice Points worth?

You will get an average value of around 0.6 cents per point when used for free nights, but it's easy to get as high as 1 cent or more per point with a little research.

How many Choice Points do you need for a free night?

A free night at Choice starts at 8,000 points per day, but most hotels hover in the 15,000- to 25,000-point range.

What's the most Choice Points you can earn per night?

You can earn up to 15 Choice Points per night as a Choice Diamond member based out of Canada.

Can you transfer Choice Points to partners?

Yes. Choice Points can be transferred to over 10 airline partners as well as Amtrak.

How many Choice Points equal one airline mile when transferred?

For most of Choice's transfer partners, you will earn 1 airline mile for every 5 Choice Points transferred.

What are the status levels of Choice Hotels?

Choice has tiers of elite status in their Choice Privileges program which are member, gold, platinum, and diamond.

How many nights do I need to obtain the highest status with Choice?

You can earn the highest status of Choice Privileges Diamond status after reaching 40 nights in a calendar year.

What type of benefits comes with joining the Choice Privileges program?

Members will earn bonus points, special check-in/out privileges, welcome gifts, exclusive promotions, and more.

Can I buy Choice Points?

Yes, you can buy Choice Points from their Points.com storefront.

Are buying Choice Points worth it?

There are several instances in which it can be a good idea to buy Choice Points. This includes toping off your account and buying during select sales assuming you can redeem them for more than what you paid for them.


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