Choice Privileges Membership Elite Status
Get the rundown on the benefits offered at each level of Choice Privileges Membership and how to qualify. Also covers details on Choice Status Match.
Choice Privileges Membership has four levels which are Member, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Your membership level is based on total nights spent at Choice Hotels during the calendar year. Benefits include bonus points, room upgrades, and more.
Things To Note
Before I cover how to qualify for status, there's a few things to note about earning status in the Choice Privilege program.
First, in order to participate in the program you must have a Choice Privileges account. Signing up is free and I recommend you do so before booking a stay so that you can experience the benefits offered at the Member level as well as start earning Choice Points.
Next, you will need to book direct in order to progress through the and earn points with Choice. Booking through an online travel agency (OTA) such as Expedia or Hotels.com will not earn you credit towards the different membership levels. You will need to book through the Choice Hotels website, the Choice mobile app, or over the phone. You'll also want to make sure that you're signed into your Choice Privileges account when booking online or using the app. If you book via phone, you'll want to give your Choice Privileges Membership number to the representative making the booking.
Lastly, you'll need to stay at Choice brand hotels in order to earn elite nights towards status. You can earn credit staying at the following Choice brands:
- Ascend Hotel Collection
- Cambria Hotels
- Sleep Inn
- Clarion Hotels
- MainStay Suites
- Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
- WoodSpring Suites
- Econo Lodge
- Rodeway Inn
- Quality Inn
How To Qualify
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.
If you were to check-in on a Monday and check-out on Thursday, you would receive credit for 3 nights. This is because you stayed overnight Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday would not count because it is the day you're checking out of the hotel.
Once you hit a new Membership level in the Choice Privileges Program, you will be able to experience the benefits of that level for the remainder of the calendar year it was earned and all of the following year.
Choice Privileges Member
You'll become a Choice member when you sign up for an account. As previously mentioned, 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.
Choice Member Benefits
- Earn/Redeem Choice Points
- Exclusive Member Rate
- Your Extras & Double Your Extras
- $10 Cambia Credit
Earn/Redeem Choice Points
You'll be able to earn and redeem Choice Privilege Points with your Choice Privileges Membership. You can earn points booking stays, using Choice Privileges Credit Cards, and spending with travel partners. You can even transfer points to your Choice Privileges account or buy Choice Points if you're a few points shy of a redemption.
Once you build up your balance of Choice Privileges Points, you'll be able to redeem them for free nights at Choice brand hotels. You can also use them for vacation rentals and gift cards.
Exclusive Member Rate
Your Choice Privileges Membership will give you access to the exclusive member rate when booking stays at Choice. This will save you a few dollars per night which is well worth it since it's free to sign up for an account.
Your Extras & Double Your Extras
Choice Your Extras allows you to earn a little extra on top of the Choice Privileges Points you would normally earn on your stays. This applies to stays that include at least one Sunday through Thursday night. These extras include:
- 400 Bonus Choice Privileges Points
- 100 Airline Miles
- $0.20/gallon in Full Rewards Savings
- $2.50 Amazon.com Gift Card
- $5 Starbucks Card
- $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
- $5 Amazon.com Gift Card
- $10 Starbucks Card
- $5 Uber Credit
$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 Privileges 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.
How To Qualify For Choice Gold
You can earn Choice Gold Elite Membership by meeting one of the following requirements during the calendar year:
- Spend 10 Nights At Choice Hotels
- Be a Choice Privileges Credit Card member
The Barclays Choice Privileges Credit Card offers complimentary Choice Gold Elite Membership. This allows you to maintain Gold without the need to spend 10 nights at Choice hotels as long as you have the card.
Choice Gold Benefits
- 10% Elite Point Bonus
- Elite Gift Cards
- Early Check-In and Late Check-Out
- Elite Reserved Parking
- Rollover Nights
- Elite Customer Hotline
- Elite Welcome Gift
- Benefits of Choice Privileges Member
10% Elite Point Bonus
Choice Privileges Gold Membership will earn you a 10% boost to points earned on your hotel stays. This will earn you 1 additional point on top of the 10 base points you earn for a total of 11 Choice Points per $1 spent.
Early Check-In and Late Check-Out
Your Choice Privileges Gold Membership will grant you the ability to check in early and check out late. This can be very useful if you get to your hotel before the check-in time or you want to enjoy a little more time at the hotel.
Elite Reserved Parking
You'll feel like an elite as you pull into your Elite Reserved Parking space. These spaces are typically closer to the entrance. It's a nice benefit when there's spaces available.
Gold Membership will give you access to Choice's Rollover Nights benefit. This allows you to rollover your unused nights towards next years status. For example, if you were to end the year with 15 nights you would end up with Choice Privileges Gold Membership due to passing the 10 night requirement. When the next year starts, you'll begin the year with the 5 elite nights that did not count towards anything making it easier to re-qualify for status.
Elite Customer Hotline
Choice Elite Membership members will have access to a exclusive elite customer hotline when calling into Choice Hotels Customer Support.
Elite Welcome Gift
When you check into a Choice Hotel, you will receive an elite welcome gift. This gift can be something specific to the area or an amenity such as a marketplace item.
Choice Privileges 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.
How To Qualify For Choice Platinum
You can earn Choice Privileges Platinum Membership status by meeting the following requirement during the calendar year:
- Spend 20 Nights At Choice Hotels
There's no shortcut to earning Choice Platinum status outside of using Choice Status Match.
Choice Platinum Benefits
- 25% Elite Point Bonus
- Avis Preferred Plus
- Benefits of Choice Privileges Gold
25% Elite Point Bonus
Your Choice Privilege Platinum Membership status will grant you a 25% bonus on top of the base points you would normally earn staying at Choice brand hotels. This gives you an additional 2.5 bonus points for a total of 12.5 Choice Points per $1 spent at Choice.
Avis Preferred Plus
You will receive complimentary Avis Preferred Plus Status with your Choice Privileges Platinum Membership status. Avis Preferred Plus is normally obtained after 12 qualifying rentals or after spending $5,000 with Avis. It offers bonus Avis Preferred Points and complimentary upgrades.
Choice Privileges 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.
How To Qualify For Choice Diamond
You can qualify for Choice Privileges Diamond Membership status by meeting the following requirement during the calendar year:
- Spend 40 Nights At Choice Hotels
There's no shortcut to earning Choice Diamond status outside of using Choice Status Match.
Choice Diamond Benefits
- 50% Elite Point Bonus
- Complimentary Room Upgrades
50% Elite Point Bonus
Choice Privileges Diamond Membership will grant you the highest bonus of 50% when staying at Choice brand hotels. This gives you an additional 5 points on top of the 10 base points you would normally receive for a total of 15 Choice Points per $1 spent. Add on the Barclays Choice Privileges Credit Card and you're looking at a maximum of 20 Choice Points per $1 spent at Choice Hotels.
Complimentary Room Upgrades
You will be eligible for complimentary room upgrades at check-in with Choice Privileges Diamond Membership. Do note that like all hotels that offer this benefit, it is based on availability meaning that you will not always be upgraded. Choice counts a room upgrade as recently renovated rooms, rooms on a higher/lower floor, or rooms with favored views.
Choice Hotels Status Match
Choice Hotels Status Match allows you to match your membership level in another hotel loyalty program to your Choice Privileges Membership level. This allows you to easily earn top status with Choice without having to start from the beginning.
The ability to match status is available to US, Canadian, and European Choice Privileges members. In order to get started, you will need to email [email protected] (US and Canada members) or [email protected] (European members) the following information:
- Full name
- Choice Privileges membership number
- Proof of Elite Status in other hotel program
Proof of elite status will need to either be a screenshot/copy of your other loyalty program's membership card (which must include the expiration date) or a screenshot/copy of your other loyalty program's current statement or account status page.
After you send that in, Choice will email you back and let you know once they've matched your status. What you match to will depend on your status in the other program along with other factors. Do note that not all status are created equal. For example Best Western Platinum is earned after 15 nights whereas Marriott Platinum is earned after 50 nights, so these will not be treated the same when trying to status match to Choice.
Another thing worth noting is that you will not be eligible if you have received a status match in a previous calendar year.
The Choice Privileges Rewards program offers a good amount of benefits for those who enjoy staying at Choice brand hotels. They make signing up well worth the time thanks to the benefits that members will receive even if only staying one time during the year. Most of the best benefits offered by Choice are offered at the Gold Membership Level which is easily obtainable by being a Barclays Choice Privileges Card member.
Choice Privileges Membership FAQ
What are the Choice Privileges Membership Levels?
Choice has 4 levels of membership which are member, gold, platinum, and diamond.
How many nights do I need to obtain the highest level with Choice?
You can earn the highest membership level of Diamond by staying 40 nights at Choice Hotels 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, room upgrades, and more.
What's the highest memebership level I can earn without having any stays at Choice Hotels?
You can obtain complimentary Gold Membership Status with the Barclays Choice Privileges credit card. You can also status match to the Choice Privileges program if you have elite status in another hotel loyalty program.