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.
This makes the Citi Premier Card the best option if you're looking to earn Choice Hotel points as you'll be earn the equivalent of 2X to 6X on all purchases!
Best For Everyday Spending & TravelFor a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
If you don't have the Citi Premier or Citi Prestige, 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.
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.
AMEX offers a large handful of credit cards, but here are their best credit cards:
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury TravelEarn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
Best For Restaurants & U.S. SupermarketsEarn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Business TravelEarn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
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.
Here are the best offers for earning Capital One miles:
Best For Unlimited Miles On PurchasesEarn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
Best For Travel RewardsEarn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
Best For Business Travel RewardsEarn 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.
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.
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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.
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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.