Choice Hotel Points Value: How Much Are They Worth?

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Choice Hotel Points are worth 0.6 cents each on average meaning that 10,000 points has a rough cash value of $60 when used for free nights.
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Last Updated 2022-09-28 By R.Flowers III

The best value of Choice Hotel Points will come from redeeming them towards free nights at Choice brand hotels. The Point Calculator calculates Choice Hotel Points to be worth 0.6 cents per point on average meaning that 10,000 points is equal to roughly $60.

How to earn Choice points

The easiest way to earn Choice Hotel points is through intro bonuses and everyday spending across credit cards. Choice is a transfer partner of three major credit card rewards programs: Citi ThankYou Rewards, American Express Membership, and Capital One Miles.

Citi ThankYou Rewards

If you're a Citi Premier® (or Citi Prestige®) Cardmember, you'll be able to transfer ThankYou points to Choice Privileges at a wonderful 1:2 ratio. This means that every 1,000 Citi points you transfer will give you 2,000 Choice Hotel points.

If you don't have the Citi Premier, you'll still be able to transfer points to Choice Hotels, but at a lower ratio of 1,000 Citi points for 1,500 Choice Hotel points (which is still a decent ratio).

Here are the best credit cards for earning ThankYou Rewards points:

Credit Card Highlights Annual Fee
Best For Everyday Spending & Travel
  • Intro Bonus: 60,000 Bonus Points
  • Earn an unlimited 3X points on restaurant, supermarket, gas station, hotel, and air travel purchases
  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases
  • Receive an annual $100 credit on any $500+ hotel stay booked through the ThankYou.com portal
  • As a Citi Premier cardholder, transfer ThankYou Points to all of Citi's airline and hotel partners
$95
Best For 2% Back
  • Intro Bonus: No current offer.
  • Earn 2% on every purchase with unlimited 1% back when you buy, plus an additional 1% as you pay for those purchases
  • No annual fee
$0
Best For Automatically Maximizing Rewards
  • Intro Bonus: $200 cash back
  • Earn 5% back on your top eligible spend category each billing cycle, on up to the first $500 spent (then 1%)
  • Earn an unlimited 1% back on all other purchases
  • No annual fee
$0
Best For 10% Point Rebate
  • Intro Bonus: 20,000 Bonus Points
  • Earn 2X points on the first $6,000 spent at supermarkets and gas stations per year, then 1X.
  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases
  • Purchases made to the card will be rounded up to the nearest 10
  • Redeeming your ThankYou Points will earn you 10% of your points back into your account
$0

American Express Membership Rewards

American Express Membership Rewards points can be transferred to Choice at a 1:1 ratio meaning that every 1,000 AMEX points you transfer will give you 1,000 Choice Hotel points.

American Express holds several of the best travel rewards credit cards in the market. They feature large intro bonuses, excellent earning rates on popular categories, and top-notch travel benefits.

Here are the best credit cards for earning Membership Rewards points:

Credit Card Highlights Annual Fee
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Travel
  • Intro Bonus: 80,000 Bonus Points
  • Earn 5X points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel (up to $500,000, then 1X)
  • Earn 5X points on prepaid hotels booked through American Express Travel
  • Earn 1X points on all other eligible purchases
  • Global Airport Lounge Access including Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Club Lounges (when flying Delta), Airspace Lounges, Escape Lounges, and Priority Pass Lounges
  • Over $1,400 in annual credits which includes airline incidentals, Uber Cash, digital entertainment, Fine Hotels + Resorts and The Hotel Collection, and more
  • Enroll in complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status and Hilton Honors Gold status
  • Terms Apply
$695
Best For Restaurants & U.S. Supermarkets
  • Intro Bonus: 60,000 Bonus Points
  • Earn 4X points at restaurants and on up to $25,000 in annual U.S. supermarket purchases
  • Earn 3X points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com
  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases
  • Up to $120 in Uber Cash credit each year
  • Up to $120 in dining credits each year
  • Terms Apply
$250
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Business Travel
  • Intro Bonus: 120,000 Points
  • Earn 5X points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com
  • Earn 1.5X points on select business purchases and on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per year
  • Earn 1X points on all other eligible purchases
  • Global Airport Lounge Access including Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Club Lounges (when flying Delta), Airspace Lounges, Escape Lounges, and Priority Pass Lounges
  • Over $1,400 in annual credits which includes Dell, Adobe, Indeed, CLEAR, and more
  • Get 35% points back when you redeem points for all or part of an eligible flight booked with AMEX Travel
  • Enroll in complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status and Hilton Honors Gold status
  • Terms Apply
$695
Best For Business Rewards
  • Intro Bonus: 70,000 Points
  • Earn 4X points on the 2 select categories where your business spent the most each month
  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases
  • Get 25% points back when you redeem points for all or part of an eligible flight booked with AMEX Travel
  • Terms Apply
$295
Best For Small Business & Miscellaneous Purchases
  • Intro Bonus: 15,000 Points
  • Earn 2X points on the first $50,000 in purchases per year, then 1 point per dollar thereafter
  • No annual fee
  • Terms Apply
$0

Capital One Miles

Capital One Venture miles and Spark miles can be transferred to Choice Privileges at a 1:1 ratio. This means every 1,000 miles you transfer will give you 1,000 Choice Hotel points.

Capital One credit cards are great for earning rewards at a flat-rate across all purchases and bonus miles when booking airfare, hotels, or car rentals through Capital One Travel. If you don't want to worry about bonus categories and maximizing your spend across different credit cards, Capital One is the route to take.

Here are the best credit cards for earning Capital One miles:

Credit Card Highlights Annual Fee
Best Premium Card For Unlimited Miles
  • Intro Bonus: 75,000 bonus miles
  • Earn 10X Miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn 5X Miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn an unlimited 2X Miles on all other purchases
  • $300 back annually as statement credits for booking made through Capital One Travel
  • 10,000 bonus miles annually starting on your first anniversary (worth $100 towards travel)
  • Access to Capital One Lounges and Priority Pass Lounges
  • Up to $100 towards a Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fee
$395
Best For Unlimited 2X Miles
  • Intro Bonus: 75,000 bonus miles
  • Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn an unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Two complimentary lounge visits per year to Capital One Lounges or Plaza Premium Lounges
  • Up to $100 towards a Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fee
$95
Best Business Card For Unlimited 2X Miles
  • Intro Bonus: 50,000 Bonus Miles
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every card purchase
  • Up to $100 towards a Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fee
$0 the first year, then $95

How much are Choice points worth?

The Point Calculator values Choice Hotel Points at 0.6 cents each on average. This means that 10,000 points would be worth about $60 when redeemed for free nights at Choice brand hotels.

Choice Hotel points value

Redemption options Redemption value in cents
Award Nights 0.6
Gift Cards 0.31
Cruises 0.31

Redeeming Choice points for free nights

You will get the best value out of your Choice Hotel points when you redeem them for free nights at Choice brand hotels. This will give you around 0.6 cents per point meaning that 10,000 points is worth roughly $60 in cash value.

Like most other rewards programs now-a-days, Choice does not have an award chart. This means that you will not know the value of your points until you start booking your travel.

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Select 'Reward Points' to get the cost in points for your hotel search.

As an example, let's look at the first 10 hotels that pop up when searching Orlando, FL by distance for a stay during late summer.

The best value was Econo Lodge which gave a value of 0.77 cents per point while the worst value was Clarion Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando Resort which gave 0.4 cents per point. The average value for all 10 hotels is 0.61 cents per point which is right on par.

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Orlando offers some solid options if you're looking to be close to the theme parks.

You'll need to run the calculations for each hotel to find out how much value you'll get. You can use the Pay Points or Cash calculator to help run the calculations.

Transferring Choice points to travel partners

Choice Hotel Points can be transferred to 10 travel partners. The transfer ratio will depend on the partner, but the most common ratio is 5:1 meaning that 5,000 Choice Points will give you 1,000 points or miles.

Transferring Choice Points to partners isn't the best redemption option, but it can be a solid option if you're looking to top off one of your frequent flyer accounts or Amtrak.

Choice transfer partners

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You can use the Choice Hotel Point Transfer Calculator to calculate the transfer of Choice Hotel Points to points and miles with partners.

Other ways to redeem Choice points

Outside of free nights and transfers to partners, Choice Hotel points can be redeemed for gift cards and put towards cruise line tickets.

Redeeming points for gift cards

Choice Hotel points can be redeemed for gift cards starting at 8,000 points for a $25 gift card which give your points a value of 0.31 cents per point. Gift card categories include entertainment, travel, restaurants, shopping, and more.

You can also donate Choice Hotel Points through the same page starting at 1,000 points for a $5 donation.

Redeem points for cruises

Choice Hotel Points can be redeemed for discounts on cruises booked through the Choice Privileges Cruises portal. You'll also earn 5 Choice Points per $1 spent on the remaining amount, if any, that you pay in cash.

Redeeming your points for cruises will give your points a value of about 0.31 cents per point, but that can vary depending on the cruise and if any active promotions are present when booking.

Convert Choice points to dollars

Use the Choice Points Value Calculator to determine the dollar value of your points when redeemed for free nights, gift cards, and cruise discounts. This will give you an idea of how much your points are worth on average.

Enter any amount of Choice Hotel points to calculate the dollar value.
Points
Redemption Average Dollar Value
Redeeming points for award nights $0
Gift cards $0
Cruise discounts $0

Average value for free nights

These are the average cash values for Choice Privileges Points when used for free nights based on our value of 0.6 cents per point.

Choice Hotel points Cash value
10,000 points $60
20,000 points $120
30,000 points $180
50,000 points $300
75,000 points $450
100,000 points $600

FAQ

How much are Choice Points worth?

Based on our analysis, we value Choice Points at 0.6 cents each meaning that 10,000 Choice Points is worth about $60 in cash value towards free nights.

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

Redemptions for free nights at Choice hotels start at 8,000 points per night.

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

You can earn up to 20 points per night staying at Choice brand hotels when factoring in base points, elite status points, and Choice credit card points.

Do Choice Points expire?

Yes. Choice Points will expire if there is no qualifying activity at least once every 18 months. You can stay active by earning points, redeeming points, and using the Choice Privileges Visa credit card.

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