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||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For Everyday Spending & Travel
|For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.||$95|
Best For 2% Back
|For a limited time, earn $200 cash back after spending $1,500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening.||$0|
Best For Automatically Maximizing Rewards
|Earn $200 cash back after you spend $1,500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening. This bonus offer will be fulfilled as 20,000 ThankYou® Points, which can be redeemed for $200 cash back.||$0|
Best For 10% Point Rebate
|Earn 20,000 bonus points after you spend $1,500 in purchases with your card within 3 months of account opening; redeemable for $200 in gift cards at thankyou.com.||$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||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Travel
|Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.||$695|
Best For Restaurants & U.S. Supermarkets
|Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.||$250|
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Business Travel
|Earn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.||$695|
Best For Business Rewards
|Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.||$295|
Best For Small Business & Miscellaneous Purchases
|Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.||$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||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best Premium Card For Unlimited Miles
|Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.||$395|
Best For Unlimited 2X Miles
|Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.||$95|
Best Business Card For Unlimited 2X Miles
|Earn a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles – equal to $500 in travel – once you spend $4,500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.||$0 for 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
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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.
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.
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
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.
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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|
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.